ironically, barb. has perhaps the wickedest sense of humor around here, and perhaps most irreverent and apolitical, I might add.
I'm seeing some double standard here. If you think you are doing the best you can given the circumstances, think again: if you were a tad smarter, you'd have let yourself rise above the mediocre public school with its liberal union teachers and would not blame your sloppy mechanics on the system that taught you. You have succumbed to government taking care of you instead of being vigilant in order to get a f-in education.
relax, stick around for a few more months and you'll learn to go with the flow.
Hmmm. Good points! Blaming the public school system for one's lack luster education is a cop out. The majority of teachers I know knew the kids that wanted to learn and the ones who wanted to be slackers. They would concentrate their efforts teaching the kids who wanted to learn and 'D passing' the clods to the next grade level. The result is about 2/3 of the graduating class didn't know enough basics to work a general purpose job.
I had some of the same teachers that others would probably consider bad teachers and I managed to get an education. I wanted to learn and I was taught. This is sad, but true. Teachers don't like wasting their time on students who have no interest in anything but being disruptive. These students, ultimately, end up being the bottom feeders in society. Yeah, a small percentage rise above it and that's great.
I was an A/B student and never went to college. I'm 42 and I out-earn both my older siblings and nearly every person in my class who did go to college. There's also a couple of guys in my class that out-earn me and never hit a lick at a snake, in school. One's lack of education can be overcome. While going to college is really a great asset to your education, kids today, think college 'guarantees' them a good job. Ultimately, they get that job, perform poorly and get cast to the side, wondering what happened.