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October 19, 2010

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Pablo

Because all children do not learn at the same pace, teachers are generally forced to follow a curriculum that teaches to the lowest common denominator. While this method may indeed meet the needs of the kids who need more time to master a particular skill, it can slow down and even frustrate a child who is ready to move on to the next challenge. Seems like common sense. Are you implying some sort of "elitism" and/or hysterical parental driven overachievement is in play that may lead to mental and physical trama and mind-boggling eating disorders, drinking and drug binges, suicide attempts- all because of the drive to get the next sash? Nice try...

justafed

So, once upon a time, when I was a ten-year-old taking karate in a different suburb, far away, there were two places to learn karate. One was at the town community center, and featured all kinds of colored belts and sub-belts and all of that stuff. The other one was taught by an old school master of the art, and, as our host describes, everybody just had a plain white belt and all levels were basically in the same class (they did split up the younger kids from the older kids, so you didn't have 16 year olds sparring with 9 year olds). Expectations were very high in this class, especially for effort, and it was amazing how much you could learn from seeing both total beginner and students who were quite advanced attempting the same moves, the same falls, blocks, kicks, and punches. Of course, just because everybody did the same things did not mean they did them just as well, and the teacher was very careful to match "opponents" for the kick/punch/block drills. When you switched opponents, that generally meant something: one of you had gotten better and moved to somebody you could generally realize was somewhat better.

Even back then, some kids *hated* this class, because they never got a different colored belt or a trophy, or anything except the occasional acknowledgment "good!", which of course meant, "really, really good", so you didn't hear it that much. I am not sure why, but it definitely didn't feel like an unleveled reading class (where some kids get bored to tears, and others too frustrated at their lack of ability).

Anyway, I think the point here is that you can (and I think traditionally do) teach something like karate in a very level-free way, because that way does work for this skill. But not in snoburbia, because everybody needs to know exactly how great they are, or something like that. In any case, it took me almost two years, but I did find out exactly how good I was and how good I was likely ever to get at karate in the no-colors class. I was not very good, and I dropped the class to do things I was better at. But I did learn quite a lot while I was there.

Pablo

"But not in snoburbia, because everybody needs to know exactly how great they are, or something like that."

You had us read that whole diatribe just so at the end you could villainize what you perceive to be "rich" people? Karate is a great competitive sport. Kids need competition. When competition is removed, we can't know what goodness would bloom if competition were allowed. With a little kick-in-the-pants, maybe you would not have dropped out, or something like that.

Gnu

Martial arts are for discipline and honing one's own mind and body, not competing with other people. Didn't you learn anything from the Karate Kid?

Pablo

Dude. I live amongst sheeple. Karate Kid?

There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live. Hone your mind around that.

justafed

Diatribe? Not sure where that came from.

Anyway, there was a lot of competition in that karate class (and any class like that). Like I said, everybody knew exactly how good they were, and it was usually painfully obvious (especially when you did not correctly block a kick or a punch). The point (if I had one) was just that nobody had to wear the results on their sleeve/belt.

hardcase

Hmm ...

Length of Snoburbia blog post: 70 words.

Length of comments by the "You had us read that whole diatribe?" guy: 221 words.

And counting, I'm sure.

Looks like the humorless have arrived at Snoburbia!

k

didn't ask, Pablo

Jack Crow

Pablo,

Do you really think the same sort of parents who wait-list their kids for preschool are just worried that Johnny's getting slowed down on his way to blackbelted glory?

The competition is between the parents, not the kids, clown.

Pablo

Jack Crow,

Kids whose parents are involved in their activities and push a healthy competitive spirit learn how to communicate with professional middle-class adults; they are comfortable with the discussion of intellectual ideas; and they know how to negotiate with authority until they have their needs met. It does not necessarily make them "elite" and/or worthy of scorn. Sound like you could have used a little of that growing up - if in fact you're a grown-up...

Mary G.

I'm thinking that "Pablo" must be a set up by the blog's author for the stereotypical Snoburbanite. His/her comments are entirely too much a caricature of the breed to be real. Seriously now.

moco momma

This post was funny. The man who got offended can stop reading this blog.

WallyWorld

Kung fu and karate are 2 totally different things. If you want to learn to kick like a chorus line dancer and wear colored belts karate is great. If you want to learn a martial artform then maybe consider kung fu and forget about the belts.

pablo

Wally,
I would wager that most chorus line dancers could kick your ass.

Joo

Seems Pablo just can not stop with the personal attacks. One would have to wonder how his kids will grow up.

Pablo

Ah, the kids. They'll be Snoburbian: Nutella lovin', hatin' all that don't look or act like them, demand plaster over drywall, believe that most are inherently inferior to them for any one of a variety of reasons, including intellect, wealth, education, ancestry, taste, beauty, et cetera. They will believe that that wealth is either the cause or result of superiority, or both, and that beauty is paramount. Did I leave antyhing out? Oh yea, they'll be armed.

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