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I really think it does just come down to distraction. I mean, this week, I've basically been sat at my computer almost exclusively ATTEMPTING to work on essays. I could have had every essay I have to write this entire semester done if I had been working consistently. Instead, I get distracted by TPR, other sites, Facebook, my email, etc, and spend easily half (if not more) of my time doing that instead. The only difference between me and the kids who gave the results in that study is that I'm old and mature enough to realise that at some point, I need to knuckle down and actually drag myself away from the distractions and work. It's all about willpower and self-restraint. Some weekends I self-ban myself from any fun sites until I've written a certain number of words. Works for me! *shrug*

 

I find it impossible to study at home. So, I just go the "no talking" floor of the school library, and do my studying there. No distractions there other than shelves full of dusty books.

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I do pretty well at home. I mean, if I come to the library, I tend to bring my laptop and use the wireless network anyway, so it really makes no difference. The only thing that's affected is that the university firewalls block any kind of messaging software. Like I say, it's about willpower and setting goals for yourself, but it doesn't surprise me at all that this is difficult for younger teenagers, hell, I consider myself pretty sensible and mature but I couldn't resist procrastination until basically this year, and I'm 21!!

 

I'm currently sitting in the library. Posting on TPR. With the GAP and Facebook minimised. I'm doing well!

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I'm sure Grand Theft Auto also caused kids to join gangs.

 

Where are the parents? Instead of just "watching what they visit" why don't they say "STOP BEING LAZY AND DO YOUR SCHOOL WORK!"

 

Too many parents these days try to be their kids' friend rather than a parent. Now, being FRIENDLY is one thing, but letting them do what they want is another. Parents should be able to tell their kids to do something, not ask them in a way so as not to upset them.

 

 

Besides, I've got a Myspace and have maintained a 4.0 GPA.

I also play Grand Theft Auto and have never ONCE had even the most MINOR discipline problem.

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Right now I'm sitting in the library at UCLA a week away from finals posting on this thread, so that right there is a good example that the internet can be a distraction. However I think the bigger problem is that many kinds lack the self control to get up and leave the computer when it is time to buckle down and study... And now since I feel guilty for posting here and being lazy, I'm going to learn about the German Mefo bill.

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I have a 4.3158 GPA

 

Three cheers for grade inflation!

personally I love weighted averages

 

It took an ok GPA in high school and shot it up more than 20 points

 

I think anything, whether myspace, or television, or cell phones, or donkey porn... (or whatever) could be distracting to one's grades. It's all a matter of whether or not you over-do or abuse these things..

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I have a 4.3158 GPA

 

Three cheers for grade inflation!

personally I love weighted averages

 

It took an ok GPA in high school and shot it up more than 20 points

 

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't understand how you can average above 100%

 

What I hate is when schools arbitrarily go from standard scale to the +/- system. So, basically one semester a 90% = A, but the following semester 90% = A-. LAME!

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I have a 4.3158 GPA

 

Three cheers for grade inflation!

personally I love weighted averages

 

It took an ok GPA in high school and shot it up more than 20 points

 

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't understand how you can average above 100%

 

What I hate is when schools arbitrarily go from standard scale to the +/- system. So, basically one semester a 90% = A, but the following semester 90% = A-. LAME!

 

 

Well let me explain. At my high school, there are 10 weighted classes offered. These classes are more difficult that other classes and have more homework and tests than normal classes. If you manage to get an A in that class, it is a 4.1 on the GPA. And if you get a B it shows up as a 4.0 on the report card. I've yet to get a B since 6th grade, and I've taken 9 of the 10 weighted classes and have gotten A's in all of them. Hopefully that explains my 4.3158 GPA. I actualy get my third quarter report card tomorrow. My GPA should be even higher!

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Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't understand how you can average above 100%

you're not lost, its just that schools are constantly trying to make things difficult. or trying to reward the kids taking AP's and such, I don't know

 

Its stupid, but not as stupid as school's getting rid of class rankings and Valedictorians because its makes the dumb kids feel bad

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Is there really schools getting rid of the Valedictorians? Several of the Law Schools I've applied to post rankings for everybody and their mother to see. Some of them have a mercy clause in effect, where after a certain precentage they'll stop giving exact number rankings, (so we can't see who's last) however there are a few that post the rank of every single student in the class. I think if you're the Valedictorian you shuold be honored, they don't have to make a scene out of the "slower" kids, but they should reward the smart.

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I see how somewhat...I mean when I get off the Computer at 9pm to finish homework and get ready for bed, my brother hops on. When I get up around 12am-1am to go to the bathroom, he's still on myspace "commenting on pics" and leaving retarded layout comments.

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I'll chime in as a teacher on this one. First I am sure there are schools that are getting rid of rankings so kids don't feel dumb. No Child Left Behind is trying to make everyone the same and it is killing the chance for kids to excel. Add to this we now have rules where kids can't be cut from sports, or parents complain and the team ends up to large. Also the kids who are amazing athletes are made to feel bad if they also are not great students. We have made High School nothing but a college prep area so kids feel the desire to drop out because nothing interest them.

 

As far as things effecting kids, NOTHING affects kids more then bad parenting. However as a politician is it easier to blame teachers (small percent) or parents. Therefore we shouldar a lot of the blame. Now don't get me wrong I work with some awful teachers, but the negative portrayal of us keeps thousands of good people away. Add to that that every year they cut the education budget on a system that is already failing. I mean how do you fix something with less money. As an inner city teacher our budget is even less and our problems are more prevalent.

 

Bottom line anything can mess up your life it is allowed to run unchecked.

 

Rich "a non union teacher"

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I'll chime in as a teacher on this one. First I am sure there are schools that are getting rid of rankings so kids don't feel dumb. No Child Left Behind is trying to make everyone the same and it is killing the chance for kids to excel. Add to this we now have rules where kids can't be cut from sports, or parents complain and the team ends up to large. Also the kids who are amazing athletes are made to feel bad if they also are not great students. We have made High School nothing but a college prep area so kids feel the desire to drop out because nothing interest them.

 

As far as things effecting kids, NOTHING affects kids more then bad parenting. However as a politician is it easier to blame teachers (small percent) or parents. Therefore we shouldar a lot of the blame. Now don't get me wrong I work with some awful teachers, but the negative portrayal of us keeps thousands of good people away. Add to that that every year they cut the education budget on a system that is already failing. I mean how do you fix something with less money. As an inner city teacher our budget is even less and our problems are more prevalent.

 

Bottom line anything can mess up your life it is allowed to run unchecked.

 

Rich "a non union teacher"

 

Amen. The debate has been settled.

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Well GPA is actually a number game. Seriously, come to my school which is private, and out of a 180 kids in a junior class, there is not ONE person who is able to have all A's. My school wants it to be hard, but its gotten so hard, that our grades are dropping and we can't bring them up. Then, you have some schools which are so easy and everybody passes. I just don't get it.

 

--David

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The only problem with the valedictorian I see is that there are always those super-anal kids who think 100 is not good enough for a grade on a project, and insist on making it pretty and printed out on special glossy paper, or turn in a permission slip for a field trip early, all so they can get their 115 or 120. I'm serious! So the content of my work can be better than their's, and my base grade can be better, but they essentially 'grub' for extra points by complaining to the teachers.

 

However, this is AISD's generally lousy teachers. There's SO much extra credit. I don't believe in extra credit. Maybe you should've been paying attention the first time! And what makes me angry is that there's extra credit for completely non-academic accomplishments, such as, previously mentioned, turning in a permission slip early, or having your project bound, etc.

 

Is it really fair for those kids to have a higher GPA for completely non-academic accomplishments?

 

It may not seem like a big problem, but in the schools I go to, it IS!

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Bah .. you guys are pathetic! When I was a teenager we were all having sex, doing drugs and .. you know .. having fun. Now you guys all sit at home all day on stupid myspace! I'm so glad not to be a teenager today...

 

And this is coming from someone who grew-up in the 80s .. which means that you guys have actually surpassed the 80s for general retardedness!!

 

Cameron.

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plz add me, lol, dis is bull, i do my hw c?

 

 

It took me about 5 minutes to figure out what the hell that said!

 

 

I hate "txt tlk." Uhhh.

 

 

 

I'm not suprised though.

 

haha. how soon before college essays are being turned in with stuff like:

 

"Dizneewurld iz a gr8 prk. ive ben there evry yr since ii wuz a litle boii. the soundz n sites off teh prk r juss amazing!!!1! wallt diznee iz a masterfull artizt inn teh muzik taht iz theem prkz!!!!!111!"

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The only problem with the valedictorian I see is that there are always those super-anal kids who think 100 is not good enough for a grade on a project, and insist on making it pretty and printed out on special glossy paper, or turn in a permission slip for a field trip early, all so they can get their 115 or 120. I'm serious! So the content of my work can be better than their's, and my base grade can be better, but they essentially 'grub' for extra points by complaining to the teachers.

 

However, this is AISD's generally lousy teachers. There's SO much extra credit. I don't believe in extra credit. Maybe you should've been paying attention the first time! And what makes me angry is that there's extra credit for completely non-academic accomplishments, such as, previously mentioned, turning in a permission slip early, or having your project bound, etc.

 

Is it really fair for those kids to have a higher GPA for completely non-academic accomplishments?

 

It may not seem like a big problem, but in the schools I go to, it IS!

 

It almost sounds like your saying, you hate kids who try to acheive something .

 

I have never been in a public school (homeschooled all my life) but it seems that the reason grades are dropping has little to do with MySpace and much to do with the kids on MySpace..

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Its becuase of rap music wanting there kids to be gangtas, playas and other as. This then makes them not care about education and more about how many girlfriends they have. It's not myspace people

 

Do you know how stupid this sounds. Most people who listen to rap don't become gangstas, playas, etc. and if they do its not beacuse of rap. Besides you are really over estimating the number of people who listen to rap. In fact rap has never had as many followers as rock, so rap has no contribution to lower grades.

 

In fact it is myspace, facebook, etc. because people are on myspace instead of doing their homework or studying for a test. But honestly, the people who's grades are affected by myspace are typically the ones with little self-control and are usually the ones who don't care about school. Myspace only gives them an excuse as to not do homework or simply just put all of their blame for their dislike of school on myspace.

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