Originally Posted by CBrown85
I don't have any data but I'm willing to say based on the rest of your posts that you have a gigantic chip on your shoulder.
You're absolutely right.
I was unfortunately a product of the American school system that coddles ineffective and ignorant teachers and excludes the professionals and academics that have a real understanding of the subject matter. The sad fact is that a person like Salman Khan of khanacademy.org would be barred from the mathematics classroom despite his expertise and practical application of the concepts.
I was also unfortunately forced to deal with teachers in a professional context wherein they clearly had next to no actual understanding of their subject yet would pass on their 'knowledge' (usually convoluted and aimless) to students. And anyone who strays from the sequence of chapter after chapter or dares say the book is wrong is criticized and ridiculed. It's a festering system that needs deep reforms.