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Bruce, Caroline

Be a School Pigeon

First off a little apology for yesterday's poll. I realized almost immediately after writing my question about pets that it wasn't a very fair question to ask. The relationship we humans have with pets, generally speaking, cannot be condensed into a four- or five-word choice in a poll because of its sheer complexity. It's just not that simple, and to top it off, I gave very few options. The word "inferior" was an unfortunate choice, because it didn't accurately encapsulate the point I was trying to get across.

That having been said, have your say in reshaping the education system: take today's poll.

Poll #1127145 Education Today

Ignoring correct grammar, speling and usage in the name of creativity

is wonderful, as it stimulates young minds.
0(0.0%)
is probably a good idea, as it makes for higher self esteem.
0(0.0%)
may or may not be a good idea, I can't say.
2(14.3%)
is probably not the best idea.
4(28.6%)
really hurts a child, as it encourages and praises mediocrity.
8(57.1%)

The use of calculators in the classroom

should be encouraged from an early age, since computers are the way of the future.
1(7.1%)
should be encouraged at an early age, since today's child has enough on his or her plate as it is without worrying about precision in math.
0(0.0%)
should be encouraged at an early age because teachers are already overworked and the less actual correcting they have to do, the better.
0(0.0%)
should be discouraged, except for the more difficult math taught in the later grades which wasn't taught in grade school previously.
12(85.7%)
should be banned.
1(7.1%)

Cellphones in school

should be unconditionally allowed, as it is a necessity in this day and age.
1(7.1%)
should not be allowed to be used during classtime.
9(64.3%)
should be completely banned from schools.
4(28.6%)

Giving a student failing grades

is abusive to the student and should never be done.
0(0.0%)
should be done for the student's own good, to ensure that he/she learns the material properly before being moved on to more challenging material.
13(92.9%)
makes a great punishment.
1(7.1%)

The toughest issue facing schools today is

You are in favor of

public schools.
4(28.6%)
private schools.
2(14.3%)
home schooling where one parent schools his or her child.
1(7.1%)
home schooling where a team of parents collectively school their children together in a group.
5(35.7%)
Other, please specify in comments.
2(14.3%)

Students with above-average intelligences should be

encouraged to spread their wings and achieve their full potential.
12(85.7%)
treated like the other children, and if they choose to exercise their intelligence, fine.
0(0.0%)
discouraged from reaching their full potential in order to protect the self-esteem of other students.
0(0.0%)
taught in special classes, just for them.
2(14.3%)

I consider Hee-Haw

to have been very corny, yet extremely funny.
4(28.6%)
to have been a great platform for existing and up-and-coming country singers, but the humor just didn't cut it.
3(21.4%)
to have been a wasted weekly hour.
1(7.1%)
to have reflected accurately life in the neighborhood where I grew up.
1(7.1%)
to be the sound a donkey makes, nothing more.
5(35.7%)
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I'm in agreement with both public and private schools.