Things that I like: coffee, tea, books, movies, games (computer, board, cards), animals, writing, poetry, art, photography, ballet (and other forms of dance), travel, intelligence, kindness, humor, randomness, routine, health, sleep, food, fashion, beautiful things, the city, nature, dreams, philosophy, thinking, and spending time with my friends when I can.
Caffeine, friends, walks, TV shows, and movies.
I hate that the American education system has mandatory math requirements, past the age of fifteen, for high school. Thinking back, many people that I know would have received degrees by now if our school system were modeled after those in other countries. In fact, some of the same people might have been accepted into excellent colleges. I do not understand. So many intelligent people (including geniuses) do not learn the same way as the average person. Many times it is an inability to learn in a normal fashion and not laziness that prevents students form succeeding. And some of those “underachieving people” are extremely intelligent. Does Einstein come to mind? On that note, a good friend of mine mentioned that many developed countries do not require math after the age of fifteen. No wonder American students have lower scores than their European counterparts. Everyone must take math regardless of their abilities. Time is precious (time=interest on loans and less life to live). The American school system has stolen years from numerous students because they have to go to community colleges if they do not pass their math classes or get decent math SAT scores. I really wish we had the open door system that many European colleges have. America should let more students to prove, in a timely manner, their worth. I know that Japan has even harsher requirements, but they also have reclusive people, the Hikikomori, who respond to these standards by staying in their bedrooms for months or years.
So please do not compare American math scores to those of other countries. American students aren’t stupid. It’s the American education system that needs help.