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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2007 10:00 pm

You've heard the threat. And at one time, it may have even been directed at you.

"If you don't bring your grades up, you'll end up in summer school."

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  • posted at 3:06 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2007.


    Our silly economic notion that so many credits = knowledge is ridiculous. Every class should have an exit exam. I'd like to see a system where studnets must pass a final exam to earn credit for a class, regardless of what their grades was previous to the final. That said, any summer school student who can pass the exact same exam earns the credit as well. Same standards. Same high standards, preferably.

  • posted at 7:12 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2007.


    What if all academic classes agreed to have RIGOROUS final exams? If a kid passed the same final as the other kids, shouldn't they get full credit? But the PC attitude "pass the kid" because it makes the parents feel smarter has got to stop. It must be difficult for parents of slow kids to face reality, but they should have their kids accepting responsibility at the earliest age so they don't get even lazier as they grow older.

  • posted at 8:00 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2007.


    I think summer school should be for remediation for failing students and the opportunity to take some elective classes (art, shop, cooking, languages . . .)

    Taking 3 weeks of government and 3 weeks of economics to be able to leave school an hour early your senior year? 3 weeks of each? No way that matches what classes do over the course of a regular 18 week semester.

  • posted at 7:57 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2007.


    Summer school is fluffy based on what I've seen and heard at a summer school site. No way does 6 weeks of algebra (for example) over the summer compare to an entire school year. I'm sure some teachers and students somewhere are making every minute of instructional time enriching . . . but I just haven't seen it.

  • posted at 2:12 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2007.


    i don't believe our children spend enough time in school. our children are being left behind as far as the worlds' classroom. we need longer schoold days and more of them.

  • posted at 1:49 pm on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    I like the idea of longer hours and fewer days. Tell me if I am buying into a "it looks too good to be true" fantasy. Is this a PC "pretend class" or is it the "real deal" like the article suggests? Or - Do you fear reprisals for giving an honest opinion about a "political organization" (LUSD)?

  • posted at 8:20 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Because the six-week class is also three hours long, if I remember correctly, as opposed to a one-hour class during the normal semseter.

    And, because of the compressed time, you typically have much more homework/reading to finish every day.

  • posted at 8:00 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Kids need quick results that they can experience. They can play video games for hours, and get immediate feedback on their progress. This makes them motivated and successful. Most kids have the attention span of a gnat. An example is teenage driving. Many kids have the "lets get on with this" attitude. We can help them by changing school from an endurance contest of bordeopm, to a fast paced and challenging environment with QUICK but high standards. If they goof off, they can quickly experience the consequences by repeating the class.

  • posted at 7:54 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Summer school is to education what drive-thru fast food is to nutrition. I just finished teaching there 45 minutes ago, trust me.

  • posted at 3:51 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Good idea!

  • posted at 1:59 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    If you can take a class that quickly why not have year round "summer school", so the kids don't have to waste so much time "waiting out" the school year in "boring classes"?



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