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bookish_lass

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Did you like public school?
« on: February 13, 2005, 09:41:25 am »

I didn't.  It was torture.  I'm collecting stories on the theme "I hate school" -- people's experiences with the public schools.  No, I'm not trying to be unbiased here :)  If you'd like to add your story, it can be added here:

http://www.soulawakenings.com/underground/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=I+Hate+School

or posted to this thread, or emailed to me at bookish_lass (at) yahoo (dot) com.


Thanks!
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2005, 09:02:54 am »

Thanks for the "I hate school" article.  I've posted it here:

http://www.soulawakenings.com/underground/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=I+Hate+School
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005, 07:35:55 pm »

 :'( NOOOOO I hated it, kids were so mean, and I was pushed on to the next grades over and over even when I should not have been!!!!
I have learned so much more now that I am out of that prison, and I am so glad that I am homeschooling. I am learning all over again! It's so much fun.
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2005, 11:54:39 pm »

At my school we have the best no fighting policy!   ;)


If someone comes at you with fists of fury, you are PROHIBITED from fighting back.
If you do, you get hauled away with your attacker by the police!

Instead, you can simply manufacture a yard duty (which have been cut back drastically due to cost) from thin air to solve all your problems.


The lesson here:  You can't adequately defend yourself.  Only the help of enlisted government officials will help you.




Another fun part about our school is the detention policy.

There is no detention, as that and Saturday School were completely replaced with doing manual labor for the school via trash pickup.
The district can't afford to pay janitors, so it simply enslaves the students (oftentimes on stupid minor offenses) to get the cleaning done.




My one friend was sitting outside at lunch with me (on one of 50 benches for over 2500 students).  He was wearing a jacket and put the hood on momentarily before taking it off.  As the yard duty walks by, I hear "You can't wear that hood on campus!  TRASH PICKUP!"




Another fun story.  Just last year one of our teachers got busted.  Apparently she had left Mary-J inside her purse in the office for a few minutes.  The snoopy secretary dug through her purse for no apparent reason and found the drugs.  She was fired for it, and the SNOOP WAS CONGRATULATED FOR THEIR SNOOPING.




That's all my fun jailschool stories for today!  Hope you enjoy.  ;)
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2005, 01:42:25 am »

What happened to Bookish Lass?

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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2005, 02:17:35 am »

At my school we have the best no fighting policy!   ;)

If someone comes at you with fists of fury, you are PROHIBITED from fighting back.
If you do, you get hauled away with your attacker by the police!

That's exactly why my 17 year old son finished school through home-schooling. His best friend (who literally lived around the corner from us, and spent more nights in our home than his own), had a bad morning and decided to take it out on Nate on the school bus. Nate refused to curl up in a ball and be pummelled. Thus, they were both summarily "sentenced" to 30 school days in "alternative school".

Nope, sorry. "We hereby withdraw our son, Nathaniel C. Davis, from TISD..." It's my sincere hope that NH can join Texas as one of the states where it's not even required to notify the state that you are home-schooling.

He has his GED a year before any of his classmates will graduate. He's been working steadily and saving money for college. He's a fine young man.

His buddy, who unfortunately doesn't have parents who care about him, spent the rest of the year trying to serve those 30 days. It's funny, but about Day 28 or 29, some infraction would be found, which would reset his clock to zero. Odd how that happens, especially in a school that would have no funding if it didn't have students.

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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2005, 06:51:15 pm »

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His best friend (who literally lived around the corner from us, and spent more nights in our home than his own), had a bad morning and decided to take it out on Nate on the school bus. Nate refused to curl up in a ball and be pummelled. Thus, they were both summarily "sentenced" to 30 school days in "alternative school".
Good lord. That's terrible  >:( I'm glad you guys had the courage to withdraw your son from the school though, instead of passively accepting it like most parents do. Bravo!

My nephew was suspended for three days from school for fighting as well..apparently some other kids made fun of one of his friends, so they had a scuffle (not an all out fight; it's elementary school) and they got suspended. Alright, so he shouldn't have been fighting, but I can't help but be a bit impressed by my nephew's sense of loyalty to his friends.

It can't be a coincidence that this sort of zero-policy law teaches people that they should be completely passive when they're attacked and hope someone rescues them. Don't rebel, just be passive...let the authority handle things.  ::)

As for public school, can't say my stay there was absolutely terrible, but it wasn't that great either. I quickly learned that the best way to get through it was to get my work done as quickly as possible and as well as possible so they'd leave me alone and I can do what I wanted :) It infuriates me how much time I wasted sitting in class, bored out of my mind, while the teacher explained things over and over and over again...I could have done much more useful things.
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2005, 07:11:59 pm »

I didn't learn anything in elementary school (besides maybe basic arithmatic). I was taught to read and write by my parents at a young age, and I found the answers to all of my questions by asking them or reading books. Middle school was an unfortunate thing. I didn't really talk to many people, the conversation was pretty boring as I recall, but by the time high school rolled around, I was too busy chasing girls and not going to class to notice if I liked or disliked the experience.  ;)  Actually computer-aided drafting class was alright. That was probably the one and only useful thing I learned to do in my entire public "education."

I took 2 years off then went to college for one semester, found that my professors were ALL socialists, and promptly stopped attending (Plus it was alot like the parts of high school I remembered.)
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2005, 02:36:22 am »

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His best friend (who literally lived around the corner from us, and spent more nights in our home than his own), had a bad morning and decided to take it out on Nate on the school bus. Nate refused to curl up in a ball and be pummelled. Thus, they were both summarily "sentenced" to 30 school days in "alternative school".
Good lord. That's terrible  >:( I'm glad you guys had the courage to withdraw your son from the school though, instead of passively accepting it like most parents do. Bravo!

Thank you. I appreciate that. I'm glad that Texas homeschool regulations allow the option we took; if not, one of us would probably be in jail as protest.

There was never any question whether we'd allow him to go to "alternative school". You've heard of "in-school detention", the current term for "study hall". Well, "alternative school" is the current term for an "in-school" version of  "juvenile hall". Hell no!


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It can't be a coincidence that this sort of zero-policy law teaches people that they should be completely passive when they're attacked and hope someone rescues them. Don't rebel, just be passive...let the authority handle things.  ::)

I think the damage is much worse than that. It teaches school children that it doesn't matter who is right or who is wrong: all will be punished equally. Victims and agressors are equally culpable. Rather than inculcating passivity in our children, it produces the opposite effect: "If I'm getting punished the same, then f@ck it! I'm getting my licks in, and I hope the SOB dies!"

Zero tolerance produces more violent children, rather than children with a sense of justice.

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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2005, 07:25:49 am »

I don't remember ever having a good day in the Hartford Connecticut School system.
The local low income housing project generated plenty of bullys and one was never safe from them.
The system paid attention, only, to the better students and the troublemakers.  The average, or, poor student was lost in the shuffle.  I was never taught how to study and it is only because I loved to read, and, entered scool able to read, some, that I ever learned anything.
In 4 years of high school, I had exactly 3 teachers that deserved their jobs, although, probably in a better district.
Although I was made to feel like an idiot in high school, at the same time I, practically ran a retail sporting goods store for a friend, opening up at 3PM, Mon-Fri, often closing at 10PM, when the boss didn't come in, and, all day Saturday. I repaired fishing tackle and air guns, did all of the ordering, maintained an inventory of 250 thousand parts and dealt with adult cumtomers.
I believe, that, to some extent, my parents dropped the ball with me, and, had they not, I would have done better academically, but, then, I wouldn't be who I am, and, I'm happy with who I am.
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2005, 12:34:54 am »

I didn't learn anything in elementary school (besides maybe basic arithmatic).

You learned more then me. My Dad already knew math. School was a complete waist of time for me clear up untill 6th Grade. and then I still skipped 7th.

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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2005, 01:15:44 am »

"EDUCATION" = INDOCTRANATION

ITS THE MATRIX!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2005, 01:26:33 am »

"When I think about all the crap I learned in high school it's a wonder I can think at all."
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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2005, 08:51:20 pm »

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I'm glad that Texas homeschool regulations allow the option we took; if not, one of us would probably be in jail as protest.
If that had happened, I don't doubt it would have been worth it...at least for the media attention it would have garnered :)

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It teaches school children that it doesn't matter who is right or who is wrong: all will be punished equally.
This is true. And along with creating more violent children, it also advocates collectivism because as it stands in schools today, the actions of one person result in others getting punished, and not just for fights either. My nephew has come home from school several times furious because the whole class lost recess because some of the kids wouldn't stop talking. My elementary school wasn't that bad; if we didn't do what we were supposed to, we had to sit on the bench during recess and watch the other kids play, but this new punishment is even worse. I've been reading books on North Korean concentration camps, where they're all supposed to act like a group and if one member doesn't finish his quota, the whole group gets punished, which causes resentment against that person. So now they're just harnassing the power of peer pressure to get kids to do what they want.

In my day, we still learned that resisting peer pressure was a good thing...at least when it came to not doing drugs and not having sex.

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Re: Did you like public school?
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2005, 10:07:00 pm »

Nice post, Geist.  Glad to see you were able to turn some negative experiences into a positive view.  Congratulations :)
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