"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
one teacher freaked out because I never went to his english class, and told my "academic probation officer" (I was put on AP for failing calc) that I was failing english and I was like WTF, I have a 98% in your class, literally. but he kept going on and on about how can I get anything out of his class if I don't listen to his lectures, etc, "look at the syllabus! it says I expect you to attend regularly!" I was thinking yes, "expect" is not "require" duh, and any moron can write essays about hemingway. I didn't say that aloud though. I was quite apologetic and he gave me a C in the class. bigot. he had the breakdown of how he made grades written out on the syllabus, like "Essays are 60% of your grade, the midterm is 20%" etc and there was NOTHING for attendance.
I'm still very bitter. but it was only a year ago.
My calc II teacher opened his first class with
"look at everyone around you. there is one in front, one in back, one to the left, and one to the right. after the first week one of them will be gone. after the first quiz another will be gone. after the first test a third person will drop. and one of the remaining two will drop after the midterm. Welcome to Calculus II"
in short at ERAU there was typically an 80% washout rate in Calc II
Calc just isn't that difficult.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
This is pathetic. TEN minutes for a first grader? Only ten minutes? I would get outside work for my kids to do if they only got ten minutes. They get more than that now and are in kindergarten!
Less than two hours for a junior in high school? Equally pathetic.
No wonder Taiwanese students I know who have gone to the US and returned found things there (especially math and sciences where language isn't as big an impediment) incredibly easy. The typical MIDDLE SCHOOL student here has to go to school until five o'clock, then go to cram school for 2-3 hours, then go home and do something like three hours of homework. Try to cram in some sleet and return to school at 7:20 the next morning.
American students are wimps.
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