[LMB] OT: Education then and now

Alexandra Haropulos aharo at erols.com
Sun, 03 Feb 2002 07:15:45 -0500


Andrew Lambdin-Abraham wrote:

> The greater loss in education is Voc-Tech, not Greek.  That's something
> that has been cut almost criminally.

Good point. A recent editorial by a black, lifelong DC
resident addressed just this issue, saying it had
more to do with the decay of black prosperity
than White Flight.

I think the universal College Prep HS curriculum
is criminal, for a variety of reasons, not the least
of which is that it dooms to failure those people
who don't fit in that fairly narrow category. Like,
the 50% with IQs at or under 100. Not to mention
those who are very bright but have genuine learning
disabilities.

They could be successful carpenters/plumbers/
mechanics/agronomists, etc. Instead, they are automatic
failures who have to go off and redefine success for
themselves. Many never make it.

"If your life is like this, thank a teacher."

One year, they tracked us "bright kids" with the "troublemakers".
The troublemakers turned out to be just about as bright as we
were, just uninterested in class. Didn't learn much that year,
had a  lot of fun.

Alex H.