Tuesday, April 17, 2007

the end

How can you tell it's the end of the school year?

Okay, pretend that you're an observer rather a participant of high school. If you ignored the summer component, and you knew that the school year cycled, how could you track the beginning and end of each school year? How do you know? What is the chain of events? How would your conclusions be limited by the fact that you're an observer, not a participant?

8 comments:

Wolf Man Jack said...

Given the cycle, and looking at my data from previous years (ignoring time) the stress patterns of the students seems to mimic that of students approximately a bit after school is three fourths complete. Also the level of assignemnts (in kilograms), mimics that of data from previous cycles. In addition, the amount of eduaction, measured in kilobooks per day, has decreased compared to earlier. In fact the majority of time has been devoted to reviewing the material already learned, we know this based upon the actions of the majority of students understanding significantly more of the information than when it is new data.

Robert said...

I agree with Wolf, but I also believe that you can see the students start to prepare to be done with school by seeing a smaller amount of homework finished, and increased test nerves.

Sam said...

wow, that was too concrete of a question.

alright, something surreal. Consider the lack of a summer break gap. Horrifying.

Anyways, how do you find "the end" in a circle pattern? And to make the question less scientific, what does the language "the end" imply, how might that affect your perception? (emotive correlations, intuitive rather than patterns, etc.)

Wolf Man Jack said...

Ok, to respond to sam. There is no end to the school year without the summer, as that is the defining term of the end. If school was year round, then there would be know knowing when school may end.

J.Malone said...

Hopefully... and this is true for me... school never ends. never has. It takes different forms but never actually reaches a conclusion. Still the case in my 30's.

Wolf Man Jack said...

School never ends, true, it breaks. And I guess that is the context in which I took the question. If we consider the summer as the "end" of school we can use my original definition. However if we consider "life" as a school of sorts, the whole continuous learning thing, then I can only imagine that as an outsider we would consider school as ending when the signs of life have ended, ie no more brain activity, nor more pulse, etcetera.

J.Malone said...

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