?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Public Schools... you get what you pay for... - Jasmine Becket-Griffith [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith

website :    Strangeling: The Art of Jasmine Becket-Griffith
userinfo :    livejournal userinfo
archive :    journal archive

Public Schools... you get what you pay for... [Jan. 14th, 2003|06:35 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
[mood |crankycranky]
[music |The Simpsons....duh....]

Ah, memories. As high school and middle school were too traumatic, I'll reminisce about elementary school.

I attended public school here in Kansas City from Kindergarten - 12th grade. My parents taught me how to read, write, and rudimentary mathematics (up through exponents) before I ever went to kindergarten - and it's a good thing too. If I'd relied on the classroom syllabus I probably wouldn't have learned any of it!

It was first grade. We were learning about "greater thans" "less thans". My dad had long ago told me that > is the "greater than" symbol and that < is the "less than" symbol. He likened the symbol to an alligator's open mouth, used the analogy that the "alligator wants to eat the larger number of fish", which is of course true. BUT when I got to first grade, my teacher taught that < is the "greater than" symbol and that > was the "less than" symbol. She told us to think of the > and < symbols as being "little arrows that point to the bigger number"! Um, what? I tried to tell the teacher that she was wrong. I even helpfully explained about the little alligators. She wrote my name on the board for "talking back". Well, maybe I was just a little like Hermione (from Harry Potter) when I was younger, but dammit, I was right! When we took the first math test, I answered the questions correctly and they were marked wrong. I eventually swallowed my pride and purposely did the problems the WRONG way just so I could get good grades. It was then I realized how the world worked.....
linkReply

Comments:
From: jasminefairy
2003-01-15 04:25 am (UTC)

parochial schools.........

i went to a catholic school up until 7th grade. when i was in the second grade i got locked in the closet for doing my homework wrong. then another time i had to kneel in the front of the classroom with two other boys and pray for forgiveness for talking during church. and i did because the teacher told my 8 year little self that i was going to hell and i was scared. then in the thrid grade my teacher said "you're still crying???" after returning from my friend's funeral.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-01-15 11:23 am (UTC)

Re: parochial schools.........

Screw that! I'd never send kids to a Catholic school. I hear horror stories all the time about them. I don't care for the religious tie-ins either - I've known a lot of people who weren't Catholic who were sent to Catholic schools, but they of course still had to go to mass and everything - it just seems wrong.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: jasminefairy
2003-01-15 04:27 pm (UTC)

Re: parochial schools.........

i wasn't a catholic either. maybe thats why they had it in for me.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2003-01-15 09:35 am (UTC)
we moved around a lot when i was growing up so i dont think i could really say how many different schools i have gone to. mostly public but i did go to two different private schools (7th day adventist & christian) and an alternative school and night school in highschool. after probably the third grade i was basically just passed through by my teachers, i remember 2 times i had to take these tests to see if i was retarded or something but there wasent anything wrong with me i just hated school. i think the funnest school was the 7th day adventist. it was a single classroom in the lower room of the church, with all grades in one class, 1st through 8th and i was the oldest student. the teacher was this old man that had a few fingers missing from the war (not vietnam) and he was really nice. i dont think i really learned much of the normal school stuff there but i learned a lot about nature stuff. he taught us how to grow beans and sprouts with a hydroponic thingy and he taught us something about math with plant leaves? it had a name but i cant remember now. he also taught about what plants in the wild you could eat and he would read us books about people that lived in the woods and with wild animals. they had a box full of old roller skates and all of us kids got to go skating during recess, that was fun :) i wont say anything about the christian school eccept that i found two really good friends there. sorry so long i just havent thought about that in a while.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-01-15 11:24 am (UTC)
Matt went to a Seventh-Day Adventist boarding school. It was good for him because all they served was vegetarian food =)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: (Anonymous)
2003-01-15 09:56 am (UTC)

Ugh.....

And that's why I homeschool my children. Not for religious reasons, no. They simply have far better things to do with their precious young years than to languish in a classroom.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-01-15 11:28 am (UTC)

Re: Ugh.....

No kidding!!! If I ever had kids (I don't plan to) I would definitely homeschool them. A lot of the more well-educated people I went to college with had been homeschooled. Again, it wouldn't be because of religious reasons, I just hated having to go to school sooo much I wouldn't force that on any poor kid. And obviously, I could be sure that their education would be a quality one. I'd make sure that they had plenty of opportunities to associate with other children (there seems to be somewhat of a stigma when it comes to the social education of home-schooled youths), and I'd take them on the BEST field trips =)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)