Walter The Grump
Walter The Grump thanked Yin and Yang's answer

The thing that blew me away was when I saw child care in my daughters high school. They offer an elective in child care for "early childhood development" where the students take care of the kids (with a teacher of course) but the babies/children come from the teens on campus!

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Walter The Grump thanked Bikergirl Anonymous' answer

Back in my day ... You were taught how to commit to memory. If you graduated high school there  as a pretty good chance you could both spell properly and do basic math in your head., now days kids graduate and are a high percentage is still  pretty much completely illiterate  because of their dependence … Read more

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Walter The Grump thanked The Z.'s answer

A broad question. The biggest change I've seen is even more parents are openly derelict in ensuring their offspring are properly prepared for adulthood. Even if a school curriculum provides meaningful teaching (not so much a fact as we'd like it to be) students are not motivated to become learned, to do hard academic work. … Read more

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Walter The Grump thanked Ancient Hippy's answer

In the US, we now have Pre-K, all day kindergarten, middle schools, mandatory government controlled programs (gotta get the grants), a ridiculous amount of placement testing, no peanut butter and jelly sandwiches served in the cafeteria, lack of history lessons, children graduating that can't write, do math and don't have a clue who was the … Read more

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Walter The Grump thanked Gator Blu's answer

I don't know about other countries, but in the US they have cut back on the arts, physical education, and recess. The result is children who are overweight and have poor imaginations. They have trouble with problem solving because everything is book learned instead hands on learning. My brother and sister-in-laws are teachers and some … Read more

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Walter The Grump thanked Gator Blu's answer

Spending time with friends and family. My brothers ran cross country in high school. They started a tradition of playing touch football at noon on Christmas Eve. Everyone just shows up. No invitations, go out. Now that there is Facebook and a page for X-C Alumni, it does get a mention there. And now my … Read more