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A Student's View by Brandi Neff



A Pennsylvania high school student's view on the education system.



Last Build Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:46:03 UTC

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What is this world coming to...

Sat, 07 Apr 2007 02:14:01 UTC

2007-07-16T14:46:03Z

As I was surfing the web last night, I came across a story involving Central Dauphin School District. No big surprise there, they always have something going on; but what caught my attention was the sub heading "Student sues because of child." My first thought was that the sub heading was messed up, but needless to say, I kept reading....

As I was surfing the web last night, I came across a story involving Central Dauphin School District. No big surprise there, they always have something going on; but what caught my attention was the sub heading "Student sues because of child." My first thought was that the sub heading was messed up, but needless to say, I kept reading.

And what I read shocked me. I cannot believe that a student thinks it's ok to miss school. It shouldn't (and doesn't) matter that she has a child or not, the point is that she missed day after day because of her sick child.

Here's my view: perhaps she should have thought of that before she had a kid. There's a little thing in this world called consequences and everyone has to live up to them. She missed school more than the school was willing to put up with, therefore she must pay the fines and move on. Why waste the courts time in such a petty matter.

I applaud CD for not backing down. This child should not be treated any better than anyone else because of her actions. She knew when she had a child that she was going to suffer some losses. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to hear that she has a job and goes to school and is trying to better herself, but that doesn't mean she's exempt from the rules of being a minor and going to school.

In the end, it all comes down to being an issue about poor education. I'm not saying that this girl is not smart, but apparently she didn't get the education she needed to just say no. And sadly, it's not just her, it's a boat load of children in schools that believe it's ok to be sexually active because school no longer teach things such as how to abstain from sexual activities, but that's for another blog.




PSSA Testing

Thu, 05 Apr 2007 15:40:29 UTC

2007-04-05T16:08:32Z

So it's that time of year again where all educational concentration is placed on PSSA testing. http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pdf/2006_School.pdf

So it's that time of year again where all educational concentration is placed on PSSA testing.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pdf/2006_School.pdf

So what's the big deal, really? These PSSA tests don't reflect anything. All the teachers do is teach the students how to pass them so it makes the district they are in look better. I was always told in school that these tests were so the state could appriate money to the district, and the better the score, the more money the district would get. Now perhaps I'm wrong in my opinion, but it would seem more worth it to give more funding to the worse schools so they can use the money for more textbooks, better teachers, or even tutors for the students that are doing poorly. But then again, these tests don't measure the intelligence of students, it just assesses how well the teachers can teach students to pass the test.

Something to ponder: If a school does bad with the PSSA testing a few years in a row, the state will take them over. What's wrong with this picture???