Friday, June 11, 2010

Planetary Updates

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  1. dbeyer92 you just showed why most of the world dislike us Americans, granted it is your right to say what ever the fuck you want but maybe just maybe you should think first on how your words will be perceived.

  2. No, I don’t really care, I’m an American remember ;], haha.

  3. Most of the world dislikes Americans because they choose to accept silly stereotypes as the rule. Dbeyer92 is thoroughly justified in his rant. It is rather tiresome to find every idiot we comment about being called American, and if they’re not, some commenter finds some sly little way to imply America is the base problem for all things wrong. If we have more stupid people, it’s because we have more people. Not to mention, we have a variety of people from all over the world, so mayhap some people should keep the blame closer to home.

  4. I’m an American from a working class family who spent the first 10 years growing up in Chicago Il, the next 12 in NYC and I can tell you two things: Both were great cities, and both have horrible education systems. In Chicago, I was taught to read in a way that absolutely screwed up the way I read forever, that I’m constantly battling because it was easier for the teachers to do it that way. In New York, I spent 8 years in a school system that kept dumbing itself down, lowering it’s standards, so more kids would graduate. The year after I graduated, all you had to do was show up once to each class and you had an automatic 40%, and passing was 60%. That means you just had to show up a few more times, hand in a little homework, get a passing mark (60%) on the standardized tests, and you graduate. Tada.

    So, I don’t say “well, she’s American” because “Lol, everyone knows those Americans are dumb!” but because I got to see first hand how that system fucking fails the children in it, how the parents do nothing to fix it, and when they try to get involved, they’re not looking at the right things. They go “Oh, but the kids are passing!” not “Hey, my kid can’t read the diploma they just handed them…”

    So, yeah, I’m educated. But that’s not saying a lot when that education isn’t measuring up to that of other countries America is supposed to be better than or equal to. Also, you would not believe how many kids in my high school, a school that was on of the better ones, don’t know what a vertebrae is, or that the moon is, in fact, a satellite. These people are supposedly educated, in what is supposed to be the greatest city in the greatest country in the world, and so many don’t even know that there are white people who are born and raised on South Africa!

    So, please don’t come at me with your self righteous “Oh, but America is the BEST!” bullshit. Yeah, we’re a great country, because I get to say all this. Now, if only our education system could reflect that.

  5. @myredstar Of all things, it is your post that made me signup. You’ve gotta tell me, in what way were you taught to read?

    Do you read right to left? Because I think you’re an idiot.

  6. @kamakula Yeah, I don’t know exactly what he means about the reading thing. But why is he an idiot? Because he is able to say that his country isn’t in fact the greatest in the world? Because he is telling the truth? I don’t think so.

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