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1. Had a student ask why did this triangle have 4 sides. Had to explain that it was a rectangle.
2. High school English teacher here.
“What do you mean I can’t copy and paste my essay from the internet?”
3. Student asked how to spell DNA… Not the full word Deoxyribonucleic acid, no.. The abbreviation DNA.
He wasn’t trolling or anything, he’s just never passed a test.
4. High school Earth Science – “Where do clouds go at night?”
5. The first Prime Ministers of Canada is John A. Macdonald. In high school a girl in my history class asked me if he was the same person who created McDonalds.
6. It’s never really the question itself, I typically feel like if a kid is asking a “dumb” question that’s more on me for not explaining something well enough.
That said this type of interaction always gets me going.
“Any questions?” -Me
“When is the test?”- Kid 1
“sigh Well as you can see on the schedule and as I have mentioned every day, the test is on Thursday.”-Me
“Any more questions?”-Me
“Yeah, when are we having a test on this?”-Kid 2
Swear this shit happens weekly.
7. Actual teacher here.
15 year old : “Is Russia part of China?”
17 year old : “Do the trains run when it’s raining?”
14 year old : “Is a second the same as one second?”
16 year old : “What are odd & even numbers?”
8. Wasn’t JKF an astronaut?
9. When I was in high school, during a sex-ed session that was actually really informative and comprehensive, one of the topics was how oral sex can give you STDs, something quite a few of the students didn’t seem to understand.
But my favorite question was from one of the girls to my left: “But what if you drink bleach?”
10. Was teaching a 101 lvl college freshman survey course.
Told the students i was born in Alaska and a girl from the midwest asked me if it was hard to learn english so I could teach college.
11. Oh my god, I worked as a teacher aide for a year (to supervise this little shit of a student) and a girl in the class, 9 or 10, asked me “Bears aren’t real, right?” She thought bears were in the realm of unicorns because they’re in fairy tales like Little Red Riding-hood. I pretty much couldn’t make her believe me, I even looked up a bear in a book and showed her. She thought it was an elaborate prank.
12. Had a 10th grader say “Rosetta Stone? Isn’t that the black lady on the back of the bus?”
13. “…and that, students, is the definition of climax in a story.”
*Suzzie raises hand*
“Mr. T, it’s just like that Usher song! Is this what it’s about!?”
*mature student speaks up*
“I think that’s a different type of climax.”
14. “Why is nothing coming up when I google ‘real pictures of angels’? All I’m getting is drawings!” I didn’t even know what to say that wouldn’t be insensitive so I just said, “How about you find… a nice drawing, okay?”
There is such a thing as a dumb question.
Are students that receive full financial support for their education from their parents more likely to rank lower on the grading scale against those who pay for their own education?
Yes, according to a study by assistant professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California. Laura Hamilton puts forward that the lowest achieving students are those that are attending college, with their expenses fully covered.
The study, entitled “More is More or More is Less?” was also published by the American Sociological Review, which is the American Sociological Association’s main journal.
After comparing parental contributions with grades, the research concluded that the higher the parental contributions were, the lower the grades the students achieved.
The findings suggest that, perhaps, students who pay for their own schooling take their studies more seriously because they are making their own investments and taking ownership of their education, versus students whose parents simply sign checks for their tuition.
Additionally, this grade impact was higher for students with parental support attending expensive, out-of-state universities, though it was still present at highly competitive institutions.
Before you freak out—don’t. There is a silver lining.
There was actually a positive correlation between parental support and students’ graduation rates.
Also, the lowest grades were achieved by students whose parents gave financial support without any open dialogue with their students about expectations of student achievements and responsibilities. Such grades were negated when parents set clear guidelines for their students.
So, let’s be honest: what else did the blank-check writing parents who didn’t talk to their kids about their grades expect?
Hamilton says it’s wise for parents to invest in children but to be smart in terms of their investments. Weigh the benefits of the experiences versus the cost.
For example, it may cost money to support students while they’re working an unpaid internships, but they’ll receive a rich experience. It also costs money to send your student to Cancun with his or her friends for spring break, but will he or she receive the same rich experiences? Doubtful.
Hamilton urges parents to stop “paying for the party” because it’s a waste, in terms of money, time and opportunities.
While it’s probably not the most popular conversation to have, it’s important for parents and students alike to consider the pros and cons of different social experiences and the impacts they may have on a student’s grades.
Not all social experiences hurt a student’s GPA; in fact, many students find that such experiences enhance their educational experience.
What is right for you—or your student—is certainly to be decided on a situational basis. No one scenario or example is applicable to each individual. In the end, only students know what they are able to handle and what they value in terms of their own college experience.
What parents are willing to pay for? Well, that’s a whole different story.
Do you think that parents paying for school is a mistake?
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