- Participation was low. At the Catholic school, about 90-95% of the parents attended. At the public school, it was 10-20%.
- Most of her teachers have completely punted on homework. They don't give any. At all.
- Some graded on attempting to solve problems rather than giving the correct answer. Note: at the Catholic school, there was very, very little partial credit given.
- There was no feeling that the students or the parents were expected to provide anything other than a warm body to sit in a chair.
- You would graduate imagining that someone will pay you for trying to do your job and you won't be expected to improve yourself on your own.
- The literature and social studies syllabi seemed thoroughly leftist.
- There is one auto shop class and a few art classes. Other than that, no trades are taught.
- The English teacher talked almost entirely about helping the kids pass the high school proficiency tests required to graduate.
- In general, it seemed as though the education system has surrendered. They're not even trying to succeed any more, at least not in any real sense. Instead, they have defined success down until it's all about getting the kids a diploma or GED.
- Minimum wage is screwing these kids. From what I saw, many of the "graduates" will be worth far less than minimum wage plus mandated benefits plus the costs of government-mandated corporate support systems. I could only imagine what kind of workers the school is producing. No wonder so many of them end up unemployed.
- Since the school expects almost nothing, the parents have to pick up the slack. It made me glad I've been forcing her to do well at soccer. It is the habit of working hard to be good at something that matters.
It was nowhere evident that the teachers connected a lack of employable graduates with their own personal welfare.
I don't know, maybe I'm just being overly dark.