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David Scott Powell

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Re: meaningful standards (2nd try)
Posted: Jun 2, 1995 6:17 PM
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ciclista@host.yab.com posted:

>Thank you, Dan. I like the way you said that. Too many students have
>been raised on a diet of entertainment via television and video games.
>At some point, they will have to acquire the self discipline of which you
>speak if they are to develop into full-fledged human beings.


I agree that kids, generally speaking, are watching too much TV and engaging
in things that yield "instant gratification". Math requires ALOT of self
discipline and MY EXPERIENCE shows that too many kids don't put in the time
necessary to get the job done (SOMETIMES for reasons beyond their control).
I know there are list members out there who will claim that blaming the
students is a cop out and that teachers ultimately need to take
responsibility for poor student performance. But I'm the kind of guy who
thinks it quite ludicrous when a GOOD manager takes the blame for the team's
loss when Bill Buckner lets the ground ball go through HIS legs to lose the
baseball game!

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