Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Failure is not an option

A university bound beauty pageant contestant, described as a "well-rounded" student, attempts to redeem herself after the fact. Will she seek re-exams after she fails?

"I would love to re-answer that question," Upton said. "Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don't know anyone else who doesn't. And if the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography."

[..] "Everything did come at me at once. I was overwhelmed and I made a mistake. Everybody makes a mistake. I'm human," she said Tuesday. "I seriously think I only heard about one or two words of the actual question."
Her original response has been captured on YouTube:

When a passing grade is awarded to one of the lazier members of our race, we can only rejoice.


elaine said...

hahahahahaha, did she win?

mariposa said...

I saw this the other night on Leno. It was very funny. Maybe a little sad too when you think about it. I don't think she won.

Regarding the article No student left behind, a friend of mine (businessman now in his forties) struggled in school. He was held back to repeat Grade 3. At the time, he felt bad about it but he came to realize it was the best thing that could have happened. In high school, he took all level 5 subjects, but by Grade 12 was struggling to pass English (Shakespeare and such was a huge problem for him) so he dropped down to level 4 English, which turned out to be almost too easy for him and he aced it.

My point is - have we raised a generation (or two), protecting them from "hurt feelings", and produced people who aren't equipped to deal with the real world, which can really knock you down if you're not prepared. It just seems that those in authority have worried too much about "feelings" and not enough about ensuring kids are actually being educated.

One example: I took an online course a year or so ago. Most of my fellow "students" were enrolled in college and needed the course for credit. I was simply taking it for general interest. The course involved a great deal of research and writing, plus posting our work online for fellow students to read and comment on (class participation). I was amazed at the rather weak writing skills of many of these students. In a few cases, the work was almost painful to read. Somewhere along the line they got cheated out of a decent education.

Elaine said...

From a mother who tied her kids shoes until they were in grade 5, I can attest to the fact that it is human nature to be lazy, to find an easier way. To have someone else do it for you, is hitting the jackpot of laziness.

The worse thing you can do to a kid is to do everything for them. I was quite proud of the school projects I did for my kids when they got top marks for them.

My kids are older and we laugh about it now. They said they wouldn't have minded doing some of their own school projects, but they could see the joy in my face as I made the little castles and space modules. It was my bias against males. I didn't think they were overly bright. I know better now, it was just something I believed.

mariposa said...

Actually, I know a mother who researched and wrote her son's university papers for him. She thought it was the only way he could graduate.

Another woman I know runs writing workshops for kids - books written and illustrated by children for children. The books are then published and printed. She absolutely insists that the kids do the work themselves - she can tell when the parents have been meddling and tells them (politely) to back off. The kids (aged 8-12) start out not realizing how much work is expected of them, and in the end are always proud of what they've accomplished.

Elaine said...

Kids can do amazing things when they have to figure stuff out for themselves, adults too. I just have the bad habit of jumping in and doing for them. Worried about them having to feel any disappointments in life. Females are bad for that. I think it is innate in females. I notice females expect more as far as servitude goes from their daughters, than they do their sons. Not sure what that is all about. I am thinking maybe it was just my generation.

Warren said...