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Butch Mullen


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Post  Posted 9 Feb 2019 4:32 pm    
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Who is at fault, the student or the teacher???
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 9 Feb 2019 4:51 pm    
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Butch Mullen wrote:
Who is at fault, the student or the teacher???

Can of worms times a thousand.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 9 Feb 2019 5:18 pm    
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The schools don’t stress history and geography as much as they used to, from what I’ve read. And the kids... between texting, playing video games, TV, and social networking they don’t have much time for study. Too many distractions and shorter attention spans. That’s what I’ve noticed in 40 years of teaching guitar lessons.
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 10 Feb 2019 10:32 am    
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Doug Beaumier wrote:
The schools don’t stress history and geography as much as they used to, from what I’ve read.

Not to mention art and music - including art and music history.
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Frank Welsh


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Post  Posted 10 Feb 2019 10:56 am    
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I was in a music shop noodling with a standard guitar and playing some chord melodies to get the feel of it when a 17 year old approached me and said "You're playing melodies on the guitar." He thought only "licks" could be played on guitar.

I engaged him in conversation about music and found out that:

- he never heard of the Big Band Era or the names Glen Miller, Benny Goodman or the Dorsey Brothers;

- he never heard of the "Roaring Twenties" and the popularity of jazz and dixieland;

- he did not know what decade WWII took place in and

- he did not know what half-century the American Civil War took place in.

He was clearly a middle-class kid who attended a local public high school and seemed friendly and articulate but almost entirely devoid of knowledge.

This conversation took place about 30 years ago and I suspect things are much worse these days.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 10 Feb 2019 11:15 am    
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The other day a woman here in Massachusetts told me that she was going "up to Tennessee" to visit her aunt. Laughing
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Mitch Drumm


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Post  Posted 10 Feb 2019 1:39 pm    
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As I understand it, a lot of school districts are abandoning textbooks.

The student is issued (or supplies his own?) Chromebook, which connects to Google on the Internet.

Google provides the curriculum, I assume with some input from the school district or state.

The student interacts with Google and uploads assignments and examinations to Google, where they are graded and returned.

I'm unclear on what the "teacher", pardon the expression, does anymore.

What could possibly go wrong?

I haven't been in a K through 12 classroom in many decades. Have pens, pencils, and paper been totally abandoned and it's entirely keyboard based, from Kindergarten forward? No handwriting at all?
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 10 Feb 2019 7:00 pm    
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Mitch Drumm wrote:
I'm unclear on what the "teacher", pardon the expression, does anymore.

The main job is to make sure that one kid doesn’t code his way through the porn-surfing safeties and send it to everyone in the school.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 10 Feb 2019 7:39 pm    
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Laughing Laughing Laughing
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