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Re: “Rich, Black, Flunking

I've always been convinced that everything in life is based on attitude and effort. Without attitude, you lack direction. Without effort, you lack character. I increased my grades in HS merely by changing my attitude. I did not increase my effort. The result is that I underachieve a lot. I'm sure there are other issues in there, but almost everyone who has bettered themselves has done it because of these two qualities. Sure, there are always exceptions, the guy with a perfect memory who never has to study? How many smart people do you know who fail to take good advice? Black, Native American, White, anyone: the teachers would love it if all the children had parents that cared enough to pay attention to their kids' schoolwork and the kids had a positive attitude about school. People who blame teachers may be right 10% of the time, but there are numerous other causes: watered down, one-sided, and incorrect textbooks, overcrowding in schools, violent and disruptive students who deter other students' learning. The list goes on if you want to look. As for teachers who motivate, how many people do you know in your life that is truly entertaining? A great talker in all situations? Smart, quick minded, vibrant, upbeat? These people don't teach for most of the problems listed above, not to mention the abysmal salaries. In the end, once people get into the habit of blaming others, they cease to accept any responsibility for fixing their problems.

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Posted by Anonymous on 06/16/2007 at 7:57 PM

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