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09/08/2011

School harder for you or your kids?

Students have returned to school this week and Eyewitness News wants to hear from you.  Who had it more difficult in school you or your kids?  Post your comments (below) and they could appear on Eyewitness News First at 4 p.m.

Comments

Julie

the kids have it harder these days, there is more pressure to take honors and AP classes and it's harder to get into college. Also, they have more distractions than we did

josie s.

my children were actually happy to start the school year. we kept on top of the summer reading list provided by our school district and reviewed current events every morning when we read the paper over breakfast. staying focused on your child's strengths and weaknesses allows you to work with the teachers on a higher level. keeping on top of what current websites exist to better educate your child is part of our daily life at this point. finding dulcinea.com is a great source of information dedicated to guide children on all grade levels to find the right information and learn accurate ways of researching for school projects. if your education section of the 4pm news allows, you should explore the innovative ways mark moran, (ceo of finding dulcinea) has incorporated the challenges of using the internet into a simplified and dignified way of educating our children. he created this website all on his own and is doing a fabulous job on a daily basis. its worth a look. i only found out about it through some of the students at our local high school and was pleasantly surprised how well designed it was for them. your new show touches on many thought provoking topics and i hope it continues to do well!

timothy stevenson

The kids today have it harder,more crowded class rooms and less teachers

sandra courtney

I have empathy for kids today because we had it easier for many reasons.First,we didn't carry all that heavy books and our calculator was in our head (vital mental math was part and parcel of our lives in school). There was no clothes label competition and our parent cared enough to make sure the Teachers receive respect from us. Most of all they miss out on family time because they're over schedule.

katherine elizabeth

Oh...good show by the way!!!

katherine elizabeth

Although we had shorter years...started the day after Labor Day and ended May 30 or June 3rd as the last day of school always...the kids now have it easier: they have calculators to use and computers and Iphones with calculators in them and instead of going to the encyclopedia to look something up and then read about it and writing your own paper in your own words or using your brain to figure out a Math problem...they have assess to all of the different types of electronic aides that are a lot of the times used doing test - wrong-( as a retired teacher - I am only 50) and will not help them in the long run. We remembered all of our friends home phone numbers and addresses and we actually knew as kids how to write sentences using grammar instead of abv evrythng we rht dwn to ppl! U gt it!! LOL!!! Did you know that there is a website to get a term paper already written?

Debbie

It is much harder for the students, first the classes are over crowded they spend too much time preping for the English and Math state tests then expect them to catch up on the rest of the work in homework. I feel like they don't learn in school and have to do it on their own. I never had 1/2 the homework my children do.

Suzanne Kretzer-Keyrouse

Kids today have it much harder than we did. With bullying and kids making fun of each other puts them in a place where they need to make sure they have the best clothing, hair, shoes, makeup, jewelry etc. I know when I was in school it didn't matter what you had everyone talk to each other and the teachers were great. That's another thing I see a lot more is favoritism between students and teachers. Kids look at you for looks they don't look passed to personality anymore.

Carole Kelder

I think school is harder for today's students. The curriculum that students are required to learn today is more expansive than that of what their parents had to learn. That, coupled with a variety of social influences, make focusing on school difficult for children.

Sophia Munoz-Bennett

We had it harder than our kids. We had to use encyclopedias and libraries in order to find journals and newspaper articles. Now, electronic journals and newspaper articles are easily accessed online. Research methods are easier with more information available at your fingertips. In addition we had to write reports or use a typewriter. With computers in practically every household, it is easier to work on papers and reports. Yes our kids have it easier than we did.

Carole Kelder

I think school is harder for today's students. The curriculum that students are required to learn today is more expansive than that of what their parents had to learn. That, coupled with a variety of social influences, make focusing on school difficult for children.

Patti Caffrey

School is way harder for kids today than we parents had it years ago. The focus on testing is the big difference. My 1st grader and 5th grader have way more homework than I ever had in the 80's and 90's. As a teacher, I can without a doubt affirm that the standards and restrictions on education in existence today make for a much more rigorous academic experience. Students today do benefit from new learning techniques such as cooperative learning & interdisciplinary instruction; we had to sit for hours listening to lectures!

Jim P.

It's not a matter of who had (had) it tougher. We had to use only our brains to work out all issues, math and other. There were no computers and calculators were not allowed. The level of education today is higher than it used to be so more tools are necessary to keep up. School is difficult regardless of the generation.

lisa

We had a harder time: no calculators, no ipods, no laptops, no school bus, no talking -- not to mention: NUNS WITH RULERS. No contest!

austin

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Daniela Gonzalez

I think is more harder for the us the parents, because parents have to make sure that kids are in a good condition talking about food,clothing, homework etc. make sure going to bed on time like that they'll learn more and make sure that teachers in school do their job,I think is more pressure for parent.

Daniela Gonzalez

I think is more harder for the us the parents, because parents have to make sure that kids are in a good condition talking about food,clothing, homework etc. make sure going to bed on time like that they'll learn more and make sure that teachers in school do their job,I think is more pressure for parent.

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