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Judah Maccabee
12/19/2004 10:59pm,
Inspired by the currently ongoing thread in Current Events.

Maybe some of us knew the student(s) who blatantly did no work and, whether because of who their mommy/daddy were, or because the school didn't want a failure on its record, allowed the kids to move on through the ranks and graduate. Or perhaps the teacher who tried flunking kids for cheating on tests getting overruled by the principal.

Hell, maybe some of us were the kids that knew the teacher was spreading bullshit, and got suspended for calling them out on it.

Share the schoolshido experience.

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At my school, there wasn't much schoolshido. The only personal example I can think of is that because I was a student-athlete-musician (in that order), I was discriminated against by the theatre and performance groups on campus because they insisted I would never be prepared enough for each of the rehearsals. I had to get the administration to intervene so that they would allow me to try out and be in the music pit.

The following year, they enacted a new rule that students involved in sports weren't eligible for auditions. At that point, I said "**** it" and did radio instead.

The Wastrel
12/19/2004 11:07pm,
In my freshman (9th grade) English class a teacher returned a paper to me, ungraded, and told me to rewrite it without using the imaginary word "xenophobia". I protested that it was a real word, and reached for the dictionary. The teacher was not interested and ordered me to rewrite the paper. I tore it up, and threw it away, a crime for which I was sent to the principal's office for disciplinary action.

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In high school it was widely known that the student body president, widely loved by all the teachers and administrators for being a squeaky clean guy with short hair, was also a serious drug dealer. It was not rumour. He was.

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There are other stories too.

bwerb
12/19/2004 11:11pm,
When I started university we had something called the ECT. It stood for English Composition Test. Basically is was a two part exam. Part 1. Read passage, write essay on response to passage. Part 2. Write essay responding to one of two "current affairs" essay questions. The test was pass or fail...no grades assigned. It basically tested 1. can you read. 2. can you write.

It was discontinued during my second year because far too many foreign students (who paid significantly higher tuition rates) could pass. So instead of ensuring that the calibre of the student body remainded high...they just disc' the test.

Who cares if you're actually literate anyway?

bwerb
12/19/2004 11:16pm,
In my freshman (9th grade) English class a teacher returned a paper to me, ungraded, and told me to rewrite it without using the imaginary word "xenophobia". I protested that it was a real word, and reached for the dictionary. The teacher was not interested and ordered me to rewrite the paper. I tore it up, and threw it away, a crime for which I was sent to the principal's office for disciplinary action.

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Man, I remember in Grade 12 receiving a "C" on an essay (I was a straight A student) because I dared to write a response to a "feel good" short story that the reason the main character received such harsh treatment from the other characters was because they were unwilling to actually risk a real relationship and simply lived in a fantasy world of their own creation. I was totally slammed by the teacher for not "toeing the line" of sentamentalistic ****.

DJeter1234
12/19/2004 11:19pm,
Well, every teacher who i considered good at my HS was dismissed within 2 years of their being my teacher, usually because of complaints that they were grading too harshly (read as failing people who had no business being in advanced classes but were either pushed into it by their parents or their school. The mode score was a 1 is every single AP science class).

Oh, and somone from my school who also went to Brown has a building named after her grandfather.

Equipoise
12/19/2004 11:26pm,
I have tons of stories from HS and College, but I think one that stands out is that our Assitant Dean was brought up on charges of extortion of funds for food and educational services and was also sued for having an affair with the Dean's wife. That was my first year at college. Education is bullshit, Teachers to learn from are rare, as such I hate going to class, getting called on in the class, getting a participation grade(Am I in middle school again?), and essentially having to play memory with a bunch of names, dates and places rather than actually show my knowledge of the subject through discussion. I depend upon myself to learn and do things. If I want something done, I have to do it myself. :qright5:

Myst
12/19/2004 11:53pm,
*student cheating*

Teacher: "That's it, I've warned you five times already. End your test."
Student: "But I'm only half done, I'll fail if I end it now."
Teacher: "Oh, ok, carry on then."

May '02

Equipoise
12/19/2004 11:59pm,
Education and diplomas are a farce. Noone gets anywhere on merits anymore.

IzzyDaHedgehog
12/20/2004 12:08am,
A group of kids who got dismissed last year for making a song defaming the math department, when I know of at least five people who were caught with weed/alcohol multiple times and given a slap on the wrist. After the inevitable student backlash (nothing bad, just a lot of complaint letters), the school principal comes out and gives us a speech on how we're a 'sick community.'

Administration has 14 members, most schools our size need 3. When the Illinois budget got cut, they cut librarian positions and electives, so now the library is only open for about an hour after school. The legislature in Springfield keeps telling the administration that they need to cut their excess positions, but instead they decide to cut vital stuff. Bullshit.

Zeddy
12/20/2004 4:28am,
In my freshman (9th grade) English class a teacher returned a paper to me, ungraded, and told me to rewrite it without using the imaginary word "xenophobia". I protested that it was a real word, and reached for the dictionary. The teacher was not interested and ordered me to rewrite the paper. I tore it up, and threw it away, a crime for which I was sent to the principal's office for disciplinary action.


That's a bit severe. I refused to remove the word "gambolling" from an essay, and I only got dropped a few marks.

My high school was quite good though. I got annoyed at a maths score and went to the faculty head for a remark. Worked out quite well.

Poop Loops
12/20/2004 4:53am,
In my freshman (9th grade) English class a teacher returned a paper to me, ungraded, and told me to rewrite it without using the imaginary word "xenophobia". I protested that it was a real word, and reached for the dictionary. The teacher was not interested and ordered me to rewrite the paper. I tore it up, and threw it away, a crime for which I was sent to the principal's office for disciplinary action.


I'm willing to bet money that the teacher thought it was "Xenomorph" from Alien. What a jackass. =/ I'd be PISSED if someone did that to my paper and didn't even let me argue my point. There WOULD be cussing. =/

Only schoolshido I had was in my science classes in high school.

One teacher, first ever year of her teaching she taught Chemistry. She sucked at it. But, she knew what she was talking about most of the time.

Then second year, the physics teacher got "let go" (best science teacher in the school too), so she taught it. I mean, physics and chemistry are almost the same, right? We'd catch her on her bullshit so many times and she'd just make an excuse or make up a different answer. The best part was, though, when she split the class up into groups of like 5, and had us read a chapter from the book and then teach it to the rest of the class.

Since we never learned this topic before, my group got confused. We asked her about it. Her response? "Oh... maybe you should go to the library and check out another book or look on the internet..." YOU'RE the fucking teacher, YOU help us.

Oh, and my Senior English class was total ****. I flew through it and it gave me a false sense of security. When I was walking down the street in college, I got jumped by "writing 101" and thought that I'd kick its ass. I was wrong, I barely escaped with my life.

One more.

I got a C in a 10th English class in HS. OBVIOUSLY, it's because I can't read, not because I never turn in any homework, never pay attention in class, and just generally slack off. What do they do? Stick me in a class called "Power reading". I'm stuck with a bunch of dumbshit menace druggies and alcoholics. 2 weeks after the class starts, just long enough for it to be too late for me to transfer somewhere else, they give me a reading test. Guess what? I can read 1 year above what I am. Oops. Oh well. Instead of actually reading in the class, though, we ran the school website. I made an article about GTA 3, and posted a link to All Your Base Are Belong To Us. :D

PL

paper-samurai
12/20/2004 5:46am,
when i was 10 we al had to do a (its callt what?look and tell or somthing) speech about a subject you liked,i did serial killers...The teacher did not apreciate the picteres i brought with me,they wanted to talk to my parent about it..:S

SamHarber
12/20/2004 5:54am,
England, 1997
I'm doing a programming class (OOP concepts using C++) and hating it.
We've been given an assignment that was originally for our Assembly course. One of the students checks with a friend of his (a professional programmer) who said that while it wasn't impossible, it would be difficult to do as an OOP wossname.
The next class we ask for some help. The lecturer comes over and we describe the problem. He sits in front of the PC, makes a show of rolling up his sleeves, moving the mouse around etc. He then clicks on Help and walks away.

This same lecturer is also teaching a class in chip fabrication and design. He also is teaching a slightly different subject for a very small sub class.
At the final exam, the paper requires 3 out of 5 questions be answered. 3 of the questions are from this different subject, therefore have not been covered by us. 1 of the questions was based on a video we watched on the first day of the course and that we had been told "don't worry about making notes, its not that important".

His excuses afterwards were that we should have read on the broader issues around the subject, and that all information was important, and it asn't his fault if we didn't take notes.

Nothing happened as a result of our complaints. Wonderful.

Zeddy
12/20/2004 8:21am,
Something happened to our lecturers. No one took their final year specialisations, and their courses got dumped. :)

IzzyDaHedgehog
12/20/2004 12:12pm,
Poop-Loops' post reminded me of another one:

Our school has this thing called 'SI,' or Scientific Inquiries, sophmore year. It's an unholy combination of Biology, physics, chemistry, and a bunch of other stuff. The thing is, our school has no general science people on staff. First semester, the class was taught by someone whose education was in electronics. Now, I had her for an electronics class the next year and she was fine, but a general science person she wasn't. Practically every question we asked her was answered by, "Why don't you go discover that for yourself" or some bullshit answer like that.

By contrast, next semester we had a guy who had a doctorate in Physics, and who incidentally is one of the most brilliant people I have every met. He knew some chemistry and bio and stuff, but whenever we would ask him a tough question about it he would say, "You know, I'm not sure. Ask one of the chemistry teachers; by trade I'm a physicist." I was really impressed by his honesty, I don't think he was any happier with the situation that we were.

I think this is less the fault of the teachers than it is of the administration, who decides to have specialists teach generalized classes.

poidog
12/20/2004 12:25pm,
My best friends graduated HS with their most advanced math classes being something called consumer math. I **** you not, the textbook had problems like, "If you buy 42 apples at 37 cents apiece, how much change will you receive if you pay with a $20?" :icon_scra WTF?!?!?!

A young lady in our graduating class graduated 5th in class, for having nearly aced all of her demanding courses - Consumer Math, Remedial English, Peer Counseling (class for druggies to talk about drugs), Life Skills (Home Ec), Family Management (for all the teen mommies we had at school) and PE. Fucking Rhodes Scholar, no?! The Hawaii public school system is easily one of the worst in the US.