Kids Have It Tough Compared To My Generation
September 8, 2017 9:14am CST
Everyone has their own level of intelligence. Some of us are really smart, some not so much. I have two sons and my oldest struggled in school and my youngest, well lets just say everything was a breeze for him where education is concerned. My oldest just made it out of mandatory schooling, ( it was the happiest day of my life), and my youngest has a Master's Degree in Astro Physics. My older son had to struggle and bust his butt just to make passing grades, he worked 10 times harder for a C then my younger son ever had to work to get an A. When my sons were in mandatory school my oldest would bring home hours of homework every day and it was a constant battle to get him to complete it. My younger son never brought home any homework. Now while this generation has wonderful learning tools like the computer, that we never had, heck homes didn't have computers until I was a mother already, my sons had 35 more years of information to learn. Now this is how it works, but what didn't work for me was this, and I say this because my oldest struggled. Kids today have to learn so much more than I did in basically the same amount of time. What I learned in a week they have to learn in an hour or two. Just because there is so much more to learn doesn't mean the intelligence level has gone up for everyone. That is not so. It doesn't seem that the education sector has made any accommodations for the increased information the kids of today have to learn. They still go to school for the same number of months I did. I'm sure that the kids of today don't want to go to school any longer per year than they already do but....... how can anyone expect them to learn so much more information today than I did 35 years ago. I'm so glad my kids are done with mandatory schooling. Any thoughts?
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They are not learning a lot more, they are learning different things, because school has stopped teaching a lot of things in favor of more tech studies. My niece surely knows a lot of computers, but she is a total ignorant on things we studied when I was a student.
@fishtiger58 I have read from teachers on this site that many things have been dropped, but I do not know a lot about the USA. I know the many things they have dropped in Italy, no more Latin and Greek. Geography very limited compared to what we studied, same for History. Art they know nothing. We will regret one day.
I think this is the reason schools have to drop teaching certain things such as cursive writing. People are upset about that, but as you point out, we have added so much, something has to be dropped. And I think kids are taught where to find information, and how to evaluate the source of that information, and how to organize that information, more than they are taught to just learn all that information.
• Momence, Illinois
Yes I would hate to be a parent of young ones today, I know how hard it was for my son, today even more information and more everyday. There has to be a better way and weed out the stuff they really don't need. If they want to know do it online in their free time.
Exactly what I wrote about sometime. Each day, each minute new information is coming up. Not that everything would have to be learned by the students, but some would have to be. Specializations need to start earlier now. A lot of information needs to be condensed. Like I was mentioning, why do we need a metric system, as well as FPS system, likewise, why centigrade or celsius and fahrenheit. Why not bring in uniformity? Bring down the number of languages for our own kids so that they have to learn less. Dissociate subjects like history and languages from school education. Let children learn it at home or if they feel inclined to pursue, join specialized classes for them. We are truly hurting our children with so much information. Let them not have to memorize those history names. Or for that matter those tables, or formulae. Instead, let it be there for them on net. Let them select the reactions possible in any chemical permutations and combinations, rather than memorize them. Only the very basics need to be told to them.
@paigea .. When we were young, we could rattle periodic table. I still remember mnemonic system of remembering elements, HNAKXR. Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon. Radon. Ridiculous that we spent time memorizing them, when we had Clarke's tables. Sigh.
• Dallas, Texas
I can see this would be a real problem. The thing I hated most about mandatory public schools in my day was that often times and because every student had a different teacher for each and every subject from elementary, middle up to high school. The homework was given to each student by each teacher and they sometimes piled it high and deep so sometimes I had a lot more to study than before but it was even harder for me because I had extra band practice with the marching and symphonic band so I had not only to do homework but get to school early every morning to practice with the band. Computers were not used back in my days of mandatory schooling, and the teacher frowned on using cassette recorders to record the teacher giving instructions. But I took one to class and recorded things especially band practice.
• Momence, Illinois
I worry that no compensation has been made to those kids who struggle. I would hate for them to be labeled as slow when in fact they are not. It's just so much information so fast that as I said just because there is more information to learn doesn't mean the intelligence level has increased for everyone to be able to takeit all in and know all that information.
• Dallas, Texas
The New York Times has this to say about the kids from Silicon Valley about learning it old school style:
The Waldorf School’s computer-free environment has become a draw for parents at high-tech companies like Google.
• Momence, Illinois
@bluesa Apparently they are trying but my son is now 26 and he had so much to learn he brought home just hours and hours of homework. Firstly it was way to much doubling his load everyday and I'm not a teacher and so many times I couldn't help in the manner that was his right.
• Momence, Illinois
@cintol It takes it's toll on them. I'm just relieved my oldest graduated from high school. I never thought he would go on to college because of his struggles. But he is doing very well in his life, he works for Amazon and it's an amazing company to work for.
• Palisade, Colorado
My sons were like yours just as my older sister and I were like them, It is different in the world today as it is so fast paced. Rush to learn this rush to do that. We learned what we had to in the time we were going to school. With the world as it is now children has to learn things to cope in this world. I would take the old fashion way anytime over what is going on today.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I was like your oldest, fighting for that C. My brother next to me in age was like your youngest. Easy A without studying for it. As for them having it harder than we did, other than the fact that there is 35 years more history to learn, I don't see that they have it harder, especially since they can use the computer for studying.
• Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
This is why the question is raised, with emergence of high technology can say it is a boon or a bane? If anything, I still do feel that the generations of today are way luckier than the older generations. There's the internet or the world wide web with so much to offer. Yes, indeed there might be information overflow but it is better than the lack of it in the olden days where we didn't know we should grope for information that we need. Still millennials and the generations onwards are a lot luckier.
• United States
Year-round school is the way to go these days. I do not believe young adults today are fully prepared for their lives ahead. To compete in this world of ours, schooling must be a top priority and it should be a full-time endeavor.
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
@fishtiger58 Yes I was but let me tell you what "education" really is. It's not about absorbing a lot of useless information but really just brain exercises. An education doesn't make a person smarter but merely teaches us to use what we already have. Some just don't have as much as others. An education teaches us how to solve life's problems when we become adults.
• United States
I have seen a drop in education. My girls leaned a lot more when they were in school than it seems the kids today are learning. Here they have lowered the standards and I think it is a shame. The kids are leaning computer and how to look up information but not how to absorbs information. At least that is the way it looks to me.