WEEK 91


It's easy to heckle educators for having created a system that is so clearly flawed. Let me now take a second to acknowledge the teachers in my life that have helped me in my progression. Especially a select few that were great "eyecandy" and the impetus for quite a few of my fantasies (special thanks to Mrs. Brown). They say that men have a sexual thought approximately every twenty seconds. I must be blessed in that I suspect my sex free intervals to be much shorter than the average. Many philosophers have cursed the reality that their libidos have been a huge distraction from their intellectual endeavors. Some have even contemplated or performed castration in order to minimize the degree of distraction. However, I was never part of this male sub population. Furthermore, I'm sure there are thousands of educators that are brilliant have devoted decades of their lives to try to make the system 1% better. These people deserve our eternal gratitude. It is easy to ridicule and extremely challenging( and close to impossible) to singlehandedly make an impact on the system. In particular, I do not believe that I am capable of such. With that in mind, I have set my goals to achieve what I can theoretically achieve-

1) Raise questions/issues and try to inspire others that are brighter than I, who may one day help make the system infinitesimally better.

2)Help in the education of the few people around me that I can help educate who are interested in such. As Mother Teresa would say, "If you can't feed one hundred people then at least feed one."  "While I can't do great things, I can do small things with great love."
3)Help fill up my days so I have something to do to hold me over until I die/mental masturbation (there I go again).

In short, while I do think it is, indeed, legitimate to question the system I want to avoid being too judgmental of those that have created a suboptimal system that may be far superior to anything I could have created. I always find the fan who earns forty thousand a year and ridicules the athlete making twenty million a year(by calling him a no good bum) to be off on his assessment. While I do believe there are definitely some techniques for rooting out a number of our present problems, I am convinced that in doing so new problems will be created that may even be less optimal. Perhaps we should say that we need to pick our poison(i.e. I know how to be kind and I know how to be honest-- I'm not nearly as good at being kind and
honest at the same time). Perhaps we should not stray too far from the devil we know-- as opposed to that unknown devil. It may be that our educational system is a horrible system that is the worst other than all the other systems that have been tried???

Let's go with this for now:
1)If your not part of the solution you are part of the problem.
2)Tis better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
3)Get the "F" out of bed and do something G-d dammit!!!! (guess who the author of that last one was- you get one guess)
4)If you can't feed one hundred people then at least feed one."  
5)While I can't do great things, I can do small things with great love."


Enough browbeating. Here are a few humorous snippets about school life:

THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL

1. We are here to help you.

2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.

3. The dress code will be enforced.

4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.

5. Our football team will win the championship this year.

6. We expect more of you here.

7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.

8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.

9. Your locker combination is private.

10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.

TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL

1. You will use algebra in your adult lives.

2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away.

3. Students must stay on campus during lunch.

4. The new text books will arrive any day now.

5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores.

6. We are enforcing the dress code.

7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon.

8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals.

9. There is nothing wrong with summer school.

10. We want to hear what you have to say.”
— Laurie Halse Anderson
“Mom, is the world coming to an end?” Jonny asked, picking up the plate of cookies and ramming one into his mouth.
”No, it isn’t,” Mom said, folding her lawn chair and carrying it to the front of the house. “And yes, you do have to go to school tomorrow.”
— ― Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It
“You should be nicer to him,’ a schoolmate had once said to me of some awfully ill-favored boy. ‘He has no friends.’ This, I realized with a pang of pity that I can still remember, was only true as long as everybody agreed to it.”
— Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
“I still remember my middle school locker combination. Maybe I should go back to my old locker to see if I left my innocence in there. ”
— Jarod Kintz
I’m the girl nobody knows until she commits suicide. Then suddenly everyone had a class with her.
— Tom Leveen
I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.
— Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid