Friday night my roommate Nicole had some friends over. We sat around, drank and played asshole. I'm not really into hanging out with them so much because they're sort of generic jersey folk but I ended up having a good time. Here is the list of Characters ....
Nicole: Our roommate for the past couple month, kind of neurotic and very very clean. She only lets loose when she drinks, she does this often
Steve: (I like to call him Stevezie) At first glance he looks like a wanna be puerto rican gangsta (yes i've hold him this) equipped with his very own chin strap, mop top curly hair do was recently traded in for a buzz cut.
Jessica: Very blond and pretty. Shes a 4th grade teacher at a local elementry school. She is sort of sarcastic and I respect that she talks to her students like they're real people.
Joe: Jessica's boyfriend for 10 years, who hasn't found a job or a place in life yet. He was scouted out of high school to play college football but in his first semester messed up his knee and was sent home when he couldn't keep the grades up.
Rob: Comes from a very traditional italian family, just found out his older brother is gay and doesn't like to talk about it.
Carolyn: The new girlfriend of Rob, shes 19 and is a psychology major at rutgers. I just found out this morning that shes hearing impaired, which sort of makes me respect her more. (and i thought it was just a speech impediment)
Sean Juan: Nicole's token asian friend. He shows up around 3am once the club closes with his friend...
Jin: Super drunk 1st generation chinese immigrant how loves to tell us how much money he has. Also has a Made In China tattoo across his lower back which makes him awesome.
Back to the story....
After playing the game for over two hours everyone was pretty drunk.I on the other hand got bored of drinking Jack & diets while everyone else was chugging beers. I sobered up, people started to leave. Stevezie sat next to me on the couch and I started asking him about the gifted and talented program he was in when in school. He feels like it was shitty, he was singled out and made fun of by kids because he was smart and he really just wanted to be cool like the athletic kids. I tried to explain to him the way i saw it, as well as how it was in South Plainfield. Kids that were invited to go to G+T were given more opportunities to learn and use their brains. That evolved into my thinking that kids should not be separated for classes in slow, medium and advanced when it comes to learning math and reading especially in the younger classes. Doing this gives children who need more help to keep the pace they're going and fall drastically behind the child who is reading at a much faster level. Giving kids a slower pace will only keep them behind, and if they have a level playing field it will keep them more prepared for college and in real life.
I then went on to talk to him a little bit about my life, my high school education of 2 years of science, math only to algebra 1 and how i was able to leave school at noon so i could go to work because I wasn't high school material. This was a shock to Stevezie. Marilyn, the one that has intelligent conversations about politics, health care, psychology and current events who is studying heavy shit in nursing school was in BO BO classes? All my life. I then tried to explain to him when in those classes the teachers are just basically just trying to tell you enough in class to get you out, you arent taught things like how to take a test, how to critically think or different ways to learn.
this is pretty hard to explain to someone who was always in advanced placement classes. I've decided that there really isn't any sense trying to explain my level of high school education or preach how the education system is fucked in south plainfield. I just think its fucking weird that people think that the other people have the same advantages as them based on the education you had as early as elementry school.