My dad said

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My dad said

My dad said that studies showed middle-graders in public school have trouble identifying basic animals, like a frog! I am a homechooler, so I wouldn't know the truth of that statement. Everyone, tell me it's false, or our generation is coming to ruin!

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 12, 2008 - 12:33 pm)

That's incredibly, incredibly false, at least where I'm from. The public education system may be flawed in some ways, but that's not one of them. I mean, heck, we've caught frogs and other amphibians on science field trips. It's true that my school is a project-based middle school, but even the kids at the elementary schools know what frogs are.

Other schools may be different, though, in different parts of the country. I dunno.

submitted by Cat's Meow, age 13, WA
(August 12, 2008 - 2:06 pm)

It's false, or highly over exaggerated. maybe not between a frog or a toad, but they know frogs.

submitted by The Man for Aeiou, age 12, Museica
(August 12, 2008 - 2:50 pm)

What!!! Who can't identify frogs?!?! I<3 FROGS!!!!!(Just for the record.)



submitted by Gionna E., age 12, Shawnee, KS
(August 12, 2008 - 2:55 pm)

Yay!!!!!! i am not alone in my love of frogs!!!! Can't wait to tell my friends!! Too bad there are almost no frogs here. But when I lived in North Carolina, there were loads of 'em! 

submitted by Sarah M., age 13, Anchorage, AK
(September 3, 2008 - 6:18 pm)

Emily, unlike most people who responded, I believe you. I'm a homeschooler too, and my public schooled friends and I have taken tests with them for fun. I always get the highest score. Plus, do you know a Molly and Jesse M.? They're homeschoolers who live in your state.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 13, 2008 - 9:45 am)

yes, school is bad, but it's not that bad.

submitted by The Man For Aeiou, age 12, Museica1
(August 13, 2008 - 2:04 pm)

I agree, public school is bad, but it's not horrible. Although I think it's pretty bad that my school is cutting out foreign languages. I also think  schools put too much of an emphisas on gym class. By the way, I have a two-year-old sister, and she knows what a frog is. Duh.

submitted by Cat Lover, Greensburg, PA
(August 19, 2008 - 8:32 pm)

Lucky me, I go to a school where PE is only required for one year, and then becomes an elective. Whoop whoop!

On the other hand, arts and language seem to be rapidly vanishing. Latin, wah... 

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(September 7, 2008 - 5:15 pm)

Sorry, Nope.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 14, 2008 - 12:52 pm)

I believe it's true. My friends in 5th grade public school complain about thier homework. They have to read for 20 minutes.

submitted by KatieHope G., age 11, colorado
(August 13, 2008 - 8:18 pm)

People in my high school complain about having to read one short (read: 300-400 pages) book per QUARTER. That's anywhere from (gasp) 6 to 9 pages a day. *moans in agony* The horror, the horror!

My only problem with that is we have to take AR tests on the book, and the books that have tests available are hardly worth reading anyway.

15 points a quarter! Whoo hoo!

...I suppose, though , I could just read Les Miserables and take the test, it's like 145 points, and my English teacher this year said she'd carry points over. ^.^ Yay for thick, unwieldy books that no one in their right minds would want to read!! 

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(September 7, 2008 - 5:32 pm)

YIPPEEEEE!!!!! There are other homeschoolers!!! I'm homeschooled, too!!

submitted by Julia, age 11, Oregon
(August 13, 2008 - 9:32 pm)

I also am a homeschooler (well, former homeschooler).  I was homeschooled until the end of 4th grade, and then I went to the public school.  I had to go there for 2 years and HATED it!!!  Now I am starting my 2nd year at private school.  It's really nice and not as snobby as people think.  Is anyone else out there a private schooler?

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 14, 2008 - 11:31 am)

No one answered my question.  Is anybuggy else a private schooler????  Sigh... I'm going to make some of my friends go on this and write in cause no one else seems to be paying attention.

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 21, 2008 - 12:01 pm)

hey great name

They teach that sort of stuff in kindergarden every one knows this stuff in all the grades afterwords that maybe your dad remembers that from his childhood.

submitted by Emily S, age 12, VA
(August 14, 2008 - 1:57 pm)