"...To best illustrate this, I have put together a short compilation of problems from the homework assignments of these very kids. The list of problems was randomly taken from required courses in high school, including math, physics, and chemistry and were absolutely not chosen because they are hard and would prove the point more readily. These are legitimately normal problems from mandatory high school classes. Look at them and tell me if you even have the slightest idea how to solve them.
& n b s p ; & nbsp; Then, more importantly, ask yourself if the understanding of these problems could help you to reach your goals in any way, financial or otherwise. Now, there are people in the world who can answer these, but most are teachers. And even amongst teachers, most can only answer the questions in their subject matter. The chemistry teacher will likely get the chemistry one right and the math teacher will get the math right. Beyond that, only the kid is expected to know all subjects.
It is not only unlikely, but almost an impossibility that even the principal of the school would be able to pass the finals of all of the required classes for graduation, from English and Spanish to Chemistry and math. In fact, the president of the United States of America would likely also not be able to accomplish this task. With this being such an obvious truth, why are standards from the state and federal governments accepted with little or no fight? Before secondary schools are to become truly successful, this issue of curriculum being absurdly irrelevant needs to be completely corrected.
Examples of High School Curriculum
Physics, Chemistry, and Math Questions
1. How many moles of Fe2O3 are present in 1000 kg of the oxide? Atomic weights: Fe, 55.8, O, 16.0
2. A dry-cleaning solvent has a molecular weight of 146.99 g/mole that contains C, H, and Cl. It is suspected to be a cancer-causing agent. When a 0.250g sample was studied by combustion analysis, 0.451 g of CO2 and 0.0617 g of H2O was formed. Find the molecular formula of the solvent.
3. A 0.513 g sample of a compound containing only carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen burns in excess O2 to produce 1.04 g of CO2 and 0.704 g of H2O. Calculate the mass percent of N in the compound.
4. Find the coordinates of the vertex of
Ryan Teves is a certified math and science teacher with a B.A. from UCSC in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and a masters degree in secondary education He has owned and run a tutoring business in both Hawaii and California, for over seven years, and has worked in public and private schools, as well as summer and continuation programs.
While passionate about his work, he considers his career to be secondary to his love for family and dedication to loved ones. Many of his philosophies regarding teaching reflect this and he consistently aims to improve the standard of living and overall happiness for his students and their families, rather than a focus on just academics.