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    What is the point of School?

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    In that it uses racism to make things "more fair"? I'd wager yes.
    Competency should be the main factor in getting into a college. Not skin color.
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    School's focus is academics, not diversity.
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    And when one race dominates to the detriment of others... for say... 500 years up to 50 years ago.... then wat? Sorry if actually accomplishing things and having goals as a nation and working between races is hard, i feel like a victim too...
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    Is that why they give out preferences to legacy students and atheletes?
    For the academics?
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    So use racism to favor the less competent over the more competent?

    What do you mean by legacy student?
    School is for learning. Not sports. Not politics. Not diversity.
    It is for learning important topics like science and math.
    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Applicants who are excepted because their parents went to the school. It's done to encourage the parents to donate money to the school where, you know, they focus on "academics"


    Actually, many are for making money. And govts give them money for many reasons, not just learning.
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    It's not racism theres no conception of a superior race or a would be caste system in this case. It's strategic redistribution of education opportunities to break a construct of a caste system that has existed for 500 years. Perspective please if we actually want to address this?
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    School is meant for learning.
    Not for donating money. Not to be a business. Etc.
    School is meant for learning academic issues.
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    You are wrong on all counts.
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    private universities make money. they make money teaching students.
    their ultimate goal is to make money, as they are a business.
    My belief is that the focus of school is the teaching of academic issues.


    school/sko͞ol/


    Noun: An institution for educating children.
    Verb: Send to school; educate.
    u·ni·ver·si·ty/ˌyo͞onəˈvərsətē/


    Noun: An educational institution designed for instruction, examination, or both, of students in many branches of advanced learning, conferring degrees in various faculties, and often embodying colleges and similar institutions.

    col·legeNoun/ˈkälij/


    1. An educational institution or establishment, in particular.
    2. One providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training.
    1. I'm being told that the focus of such academic institutions isn't meant for learning academic issues. That's a bit confusing to me and so I wonder what you think about this.

    2. The other point is whether or not it is right for universities to choose students based on race rather than competence.

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    Re: What is the point of School?

    The idea that school has one "point" is childishly simplistic.

    Schools are meant to achieve several things, and it also depends on what kind of school you're talking about

    For example, one of the things schools are meant to do is to discourage the sort of black and white thinking that leads someone to think that schools have one purpose
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    Re: What is the point of School?

    I believe schools are there to teach academics and to help prepare you for life and working in your chosen field. A by-product of academics is learning to think for yourself. Critical thinking I believe it's called. You look at all sides of a problem or issue and make your decision from that.

    Higher education costs money, however. Lots and lots of it. So, universities must be run as a business, college athletics makes it a big business. Therefore the universities will choose some students based on athleticism. This athlete/student now gets a college degree in exchange for playing __________ (insert sport of choice) and making money for the school.

    In my opinion this serves as a living model of business and economics. I went to college on a gymnastic scholorship. I learned more about reality from the scholarship than any class. I used to get so angry at how many resources went to football, but the lesson finally sank in. Football made lots of money, gymnastics - not so much.
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    Re: What is the point of School?

    At its most basic, school exists to prepare children to enter the work force later in life. This is especially true of college, and I wish more people realized it.
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    Re: What is the point of School?

    Schools should focus primarily on academics and critical thinking.
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    Re: What is the point of School?

    Private schools and colleges are a business. They exist to make money.

    How do they make money? By charging students for an education.

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    Re: What is the point of School?

    In general, the point of school is to prepare students to work and to be effective citizens.

    How schools are meant to accomplish this is where conflict occurs. I believe that they accomplish this by instructing students in (at least) four categories: basic academic knowledge; how to think and how to examine ideas; how to apply what the learn to the 'real world'; and how to create from what already exists.

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    Exclamation Re: What is the point of School?

    Since my mom is a teacher this should be easy for me to discuss. If your an athlete, the hope of going to a good college team or going pro, is the point of school. Some say Academics, but believe it or not most kids smart and stupid are forced through our schools! Due to our dumb idea of "high test scores!" Just because a school has high test scores doesn't always mean its a great place to learn. A majority of great preforming schools send their trouble kids and non-preforming kids to other schools to inflate theirs. Then their is the whole bureaucracy on firing bad teachers. Then private schools and home schools I have left out. Private schools cost the parent out of pocket but are generally better for the child, if you have the money and they will let you enroll. Home schooled children I have found are very sheltered and most are scared of being not accepted and/or not prepared for main-stream society. I consider "public school" as terrible as most people think of it, is nothing more than a dry run of how kids will handle themselves in society. If anything the point of school is to learn, find something you want to do with your life, make (sometimes) lifelong friends. For the uptight I have a joke for you if my rant has done nothing for you. I believe the point of school is to learn how to live life in the society you are in.

    True story: a student walks up to the principle one day and asks, "Whats the point of going to school?" He replied in a stern voice, "your safety!" The kid looked at the principle confused?
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    Re: What is the point of School?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
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    The whole point of school is academics so you will be able to get employment as adult.Diversity and other **** is irreverent.
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    Re: What is the point of School?

    Is it not obvious why we going to school?
    Its so those damn overpaid, union loving, liberal, socialist, greedy teachers can indoctrinate our kids to be good liberals...

    At least that is what the right wing tells me.... And we all know the right wing is always right...


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