"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.
All this because Mirai didn't do a 3T at Nationals.
I taught for 16 years ending last May.
The teenagers didn't change. They had the relatively same work ethic (or lack of sometimes) and attitudes the entire time.
Their parents' attitudes about it all is what I saw change over time. In my earliest years of teaching, I never had a parent come to explain to me, when confronted with concrete proof that their kid plagiarized for one example, that the kid didn't do it or should be allowed to. In the last few years, every kid that was caught had a parent who came in to defend them no matter how much proof we showed them. One WHITE BOY turned in a paper that included the line "as a Native American woman..." in the middle of it. I found the original essay online and provided his mother with his essay and a copy of the source. She insisted that it was all an amazing coincidence. One set of parents explained for over an hour that their kid should not only be allowed, but encouraged, to get his speeches, verbatim, from Wikipedia....
I have enough examples to fill up ten threads.
It wasn't the kids who changed.
So far you have passed many opinions and told us they are facts.
Perhaps you should end your sentences with TRUFAX. That might give them more credence ;-)
Robin Cousins won the OGM, was the worlds greatest free skater of his era - what an under achiever he was thanks to Fassi.
Ito - the greatest female technician in skating history, total living legend as well as world champ and olys silver medallist. Yep total failure.
Chris Bowman - what Kwanette said. Also Chris's greatest skating success came under Frank Carroll.
Classic!One WHITE BOY turned in a paper that included the line "as a Native American woman..." in the middle of it.
"All of this" because too many of us losers are while waiting for 4CC and Worlds, when we'll have REAL skating news to talk about!
Anyway, back to Mirai-I wonder how her training is going? One certainly can't tell by her tweets. I hope Frank is getting her back into top form.
Rachel was definitely overscored. I have no idea why the US judges would hold her up so blatantly. As others have said even if she deserved 2nd (maybe) no way did she deserve the margin she had over Nagasu. And the scores suggest she would have beaten Czisny had she skated cleanly which is completely laugahble. Imagine international judges putting a clean Flatt over a clean Czisny.
Last year I defended the scoring at Nationals but in hindsight it was probably a mistake for the U.S as far as their chances at the Olympics. This year makes it clear Flatt is a pet of the U.S judges however, which is strange since usually the federation and National judges looks to push people who international judges like and the international judges dont even like Flatt. Heck in 2008 she was also overscored, no way she deserved to finish above Wagner that year.
Their teachers are not even remotely comparable to them in the wealth department (when you have the kind of money that you need body guards, you hardly teach in highschool - not imposssible, but extremely unlikely).
When I was in high school kids respected their teachers.
Now they don't anymore, they actually often speak their mind: "who you think you are you poor little loser to dare grade my paper"?
The school keeper (he lives inside the school and is supposed to overview the entrance during opening hours, as well as keep an eye on the building at evening and night) makes even less than teachers.
He was mostly ignored when I went there.
Now his apartment have been set on fire already twice in the last five years. Word is it's pretty funny to watch him run, call fire men, cry, go back, dig in his belongings, see what can be saved. The poor man doesn't have another place to live in.
Parents that used to agree with teachers (at least when speaking to their face, even if five seconds later they hopped on a plane to the other end of the globe, and didn't give a damn about their kids grades or behaviour).
Now they constantly threat with lawsuites. Suspension? Lawsuite. Expelled? Lawsuite. And you'd better not even dream to fail my kid in your class, cause my lawyers are sharks and will be all over you, and you just can't afford the fight.
There are some other highschools in the less lucky districts, where parents can't afford lawyers (nor form sentences to conversate with them, I have to say), where teachears are just beaten up for a low grade.
Same problem, same reaction, the solution is a little different, but it's a technicality.
I mean, years ago they knew they were on the line for consequences.
Now they know there are troups behind them, no matter what they do.
This article is three years old, but I think you might find it fascinating:
And yes, that really did happen in Haddonfield, NJ, and the little jerks got away with it.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
"If people are looking for guarantees, they should buy appliances at Sears and stay away from human relationships."~Prancer