Speechless

I couldn’t think of a proper title for this post, so I went with how I feel: speechless. Speechless at the stupidity of people today.

First, let me just say that I have found yet another instance of misusing 911. A women in Florida (why does this keep happening in Florida?) called 911 not once, not twice, but three times because of…well…McDonald’s. Apparently she ordered a ten-pack of everyone’s favorite processed chicken nuggets, and then she was told that they were out, and no, she couldn’t have a refund (all sales final!), but she could have another meal – even a more expensive one – instead. I guess Latreasa L. Goodman really wanted those chicken nuggets, because she absolutely refused to take this deal. Although if I had been her, I would’ve ordered a really big hamburger, with fries, and a large drink, and a McFlurry. Yeah…that’s why I don’t eat at McDonald’s anymore.

The best part is, a McDonald’s spokesperson noted that Goodman should have been issued a refund, and she’s been sent a gift card for a free meal. Along with a citation for misusing 911. You can’t win ’em all, I guess.

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Anyway, onto the real story of the day. There is a website in France where children can enlist the help of older students…to do their homework for them.
For a small fee, of course.
Needless to say, parents and teachers are outraged, and I imagine the students are quite thrilled. Here’s a quote:

On faismesdevoirs.com (domyhomework.com), children will be able to buy answers to simple maths problems for 5 euros (4.40 pounds), while a full end-of-year presentation complete with slides and speaking notes will cost 80 euros.

That’s about $6.30 for math problems, and $100.89 for the other thing, whatever it’s supposed to be.

Teachers are complaining that this website is ignoring the point of education, which is to learn how to add 2+2, not how to lose all your money at the age of six. Which brings to mind the question, “Where the hell are these kids getting this money?” I have no idea.
The founder of the website, Stephane Boukris, is claiming that students will still learn, because the answers come with annotations on how to do the problem. And of course the students will read those annotations, right?
On the other hand, the founder also said, “I realised there was a gap in the market. Add to that a dose of insolence, a zest of arrogance and the internet [sic], and you have faismesdevoirs.com,” which to me seems a bit like he doesn’t care if students actually learn how to do their homework, as long as he can make money.

Hey, in this economy, can you blame him?

It gets better. He also said, “Of course some schoolchildren might use the system to cheat, but they’ll have to learn sooner or later because we won’t be there on exam day.” This statement is not only true, it’s also hilariously evil.

Anyway, his blatant evilness is not what’s grinding my nerves about this. It’s that students are actually paying people to do their homework! Do you know why that’s stupid? I’ll tell you why.
Go to Google. Right now. Type in “What’s the square root of 157,895?”  Here’s what Google has to say:
square root(157 895) = 397.360038

So why are you paying someone to do what you can get for free?!
Now, granted, this is in France, but I can only assume that Google works the same in France as it does in America. If not, please let me know, and my outrage at this matter may disappear.
Until that point, what have we learned? That schoolchildren have the means to get hundreds of dollars to pay for their homework, but they don’t have the means to manipulate the Internet properly. And for that, they deserve to fail their math tests.

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Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

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