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John Flanagan: Good points overall. I hear many people blame the education "system" and teachers for student failure, but I place much of the responsibility on the students themselves for having a lazy, "teach me" approach to their education, in other words, they receive education passively. Students in Japan and China, as well as other countries, seem to be self motivated, working much harder on math and science, and mastering their skills. They take this interest on their own, knowing that only hard work will help them pass entrance exams to colleges and access to better jobs. American youth need to work harder....however....we have a socialist president who is radicalizing the idea of achievement inequality....and perhaps some students feel today that the state will care for them, the Democrats will coddle them, Hollywood will entertain them, and the government will supply their every need on the backs of those who do work.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 11:02 am
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