Is this what passes for entertainment across the pond in the U. S.? What utterly vapid rubbish!
Friend, it illustrates the incompetence of our public education system (in some places), which we've been discussing here. Irony entertains me.
In all seriousness... criticising other peoples' tastes in entertainment makes you look nosy and snobbish. You know, sort of like one of those English gentlemen from the old days, laughing at the "common folk."
Most Americans won't understand what you mean by football, we are dumb like that.
Ha ha, everyone laughs at the entertainment in the U. S., not just English gentlemen--even their own citizens know it's rubbish! I believe that Marx himself was a proper English gentleman, anyways.
Thankfully, I hear from my friend in the States that they've finally put some football on television, on NBC Sports, so maybe that will help matters.
I can't wait until next year, win Belgium will win the world cup! We've got Hazard, Lukaku, Chadli, De Bruyne, Vertonghen, Kompany, etc., etc. ... there will be no defence to this attack, not even from the Germans!
Honestly, none of those players are top-notch except Kompany, and maybe Hazard. And that's coming from a Chelsea fan. Also, I wouldn't say that Germany has a particularly good defense.
This topic is very relevant. It's hard to pinpoint the reasons schools turn off so many students, but retention efforts fail. If a student skips school, the hardass assistant principal gives him a week of in-school suspension, where worksheets are to be done but no teaching or interaction with anyone. As if teens respond well to pushing their nose in the dirt! Soon the kid is angry as well as bored or overwhelmed or whatever the root problem is, he and the asst. principal have a hostile relationship, and the school doesn't even want the kid anymore. That's how I've seen it play out.
You do want to get credentials. Sign up for the GED right away! It becomes a doubly difficult test in 2014. Buy or borrow a prep book, but make sure to reserve your spot. Do it now! There's lots online.
It's good that you're working. You'll learn a lot. But also learn from reading, just like Abraham Lincoln. He was able to learn law through reading and apprenticeship, but due to regulations these days, he'd have to attend law school for three years to even attempt the bar exam (where I live). You can get college credit (CLEP tests) for things you learn on your own. And if you're educated, even self-educated, others will notice. Never let the math you don't regularly use slip completely away!
Best of luck.
High school is a joke. The only critical thinking required is being able to answer questions and spin them in a manner that makes it seem like you know what you're talking about. Your opinions never matter and teachers go over crap so fast that you may as well have stayed home and read the dang book on your own.
Math classes force memorization rather than understanding since teachers don't have enough time to teach you everything you need so you need to "make up crap" to remember things you should instinctively know. And if you plan on anything STEM in college you have to actually LEARN all that making the past four years of your life a waste. And the students that were skipped up grades from poor school systems had it a lot worse. High school was easy but it became such a tedious grind I got stressed out and got poor grades when I could've done better.
Not once were we EVER asked about what we thought about anything. Well I just stopped caring. I'm not saying it's right but I didn't have any help so I was going through all this crap alone and couldn't keep up anymore.
But yeah that diploma or GED is important nonetheless. It opens doors and all that. I'm not going to blow sunshine up your arse and tell you it's going to be amazing or whatever. You might like it and you might not but it's as important as anything else nowadays.
Interesting how the OP stopped posting in this thread past the first page.
I actuallly posted in the second page but I follow this very interesting conversation. But the thread has turned into a debate on education which is now out of my control. :)
To clear the misconception, I do not started playing chess to make money and been succesful. I've a decent job and a paycheck which allwo me to live comfortably, more than many with the same background cannot claim to have. Chess is passion to me, howerver unusual, but I agree that it's game, and games are for everyone, to at least enjoy and have fun with it. It just feel awkward sometimes, espcially when I get asked where that passion came from and that may look like a paradox with my education in life.
You're doing quite alright and better than most! A pity on anyone who lacks appreciation for the game, so just continue to enjoy your passion for chess. You preach to the choir.
True passion is a consuming flame, and either it must find fruition or it will burn the human heart to dust and ashes. William Winter