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    The adventures of DP's sister teaching in Crazytown High, CO

    Student was out for a month because of Lyme Disease. Fair enough. However, they didn't seem to realize that when you miss an entire month of school, you have to make up the work you missed. They were told, despite being reminded SEVERAL TIMES, that they had to do this - but they were utterly convinced that they could just relax. -.-;

    Sis set up a little system where she will allow you to receive full credit on a tardy assignment (That isn't excused) - if you turn in a pass. You only get two per semester - that's it, no earning additional "Late Passes". However... a student turned in an assignment late and didn't have a late pass. He then got into a little fight with her and concluded that it wasn't his job to keep track of those, it's her job. Yeah, you know how I somehow have an ability to keep a straight face at some of my customers who try to tell us that the Cherry Coke is broken when they're pressing a button clearly marked DIET coke? Yeah, it's hereditary - my dad has that trait as well and passed it down to the both of us.

    One girl is a junior. She announced that she was going to commit public suicide during her lunch period - and tried to do it by trying to eat a handful of tums. One at a time. Somehow it's my sister's fault for "not seeing the signs".

    Sister asks students to write an essay. She gives one student a "zero". Why did she give them a zero? Because it was photocopied from the students' friend's big brother who had the same assignment last year. The best part about this plagiarism is that they didn't even bother to remove the handwritten comments from my sister before photocopying it. The parent comes in and yells at her for giving his "precious child" a zero for an assignment. The student had told the parent that even though the teacher gave her an 89, she then rearranged it to a "zero" and showed the photocopied handwritten comments. This despite the fact that my sister pointed out that apparently, the student's name had changed. -_-; If it makes you feel any better, this is her general class, rather than an AP class.

    Several students have decided that AP is "too much work" for them. Guys? This is AP - it's not going to be "easy". Who on earth told you that AP would be "Easy"? Of course all these guys care about is getting enough good grades to get into college. (to be fair I kinda see what they mean - our system is so broken you have to be in dozens of extracurricular activities and a near perfect SAT/ACT score unless your parents went to that university to get in and you could bypass that crap, who has timefor anything like learning?)

    Parent asks for their kid to be excused from a unit about the French and Indian war. Why? That "Triggers" them. Yes. She was told that by an actual parent. What is their students trigger? French. FRENCH. They can't hear anything French, can't learn about French people, can't learn about french things, can't see french things, anything related to the French and they'll have a psychotic episode, according to their parents. Aye yi yi...

    Oh, and this story with the "Triggered by French" gets better. This kid doesn't have French Class - French is in a classroom at the end of the hallway. There is literally no reason to go there unless you are in that class. I will give oyu three guesses what that kid did - first two don't count. Yep. He walked by the French classroom. Then he ran inside, screamed and attempted to slit his wrists with a permanent marker. (He also went across the wrist.) I think this kid has Munchausen Syndrome - not PTSD.

    Another parent asks for their kid to be excused from the same unit. Now why's that? Because they dont' want their kid learning about "Redskins", because they don't feel that "Timber N****rs contributed anything to American history". WHAT THE FLUX CAPACITATOR?!

    Another recurring theme are parents who are mad that their kids are bringing home "F"s. Becuase they're not doing their homework and aren't doing any studying at all - and wow, how dare she hold the kids accountable for their own actions?

    The worst bully in my sister's school is a kid who is gay. Of course, despite this, he carries around Sports illustrated swimsuit magazines, hits on a lot of girls, and has been sen at homecoming making out with a girl. The second someone says something he doesn't like or they fall for his little provokings, he's so gay the very sight of a woman repulses him. And because they bullied a gay student, now he is instantly forgiven for whatever the hell he did and the people he bullied are dragged away to ISS because "Homophobia is not okay". When my sister spoke to his parents about their son, they were legit shocked that he's been going around telling people he's gay - because they constantly catch him looking up porn of women on the internet and are constantly taking viruses off of their computer.

    One student has heard about what this gay student did and decided to instead go a different route - he's named Mike, but some days of the week, he is called 'Mikayla' and is claiming to be transgender. The only reason my sister suspects he's doing it to get attention is because the days he's called 'Mikayla' are the days he's caught punching students and slamming them against lockers and when asked why s/he did that, s/he responds that they were trying to beat him/her up for being transgender. Parents hear this at PTN and are, surprise surprise, shocked. Because Mike doesn't mention anything about not feeling comfortable as a male OR that they are beating him up because he wants to be female.

    Another parent took one look at my sister and flat out refused to speak to her because she was wearing pants. The only woman he'd speak to was the principal because she was wearing a dress. He said "I don't like crossdressers." Now, you want to know what's impressive? His son has a 98% in her class and is one of the most open minded people in school. HOW does this kid come out of this guys' house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digitalpotato View Post
    Another recurring theme are parents who are mad that their kids are bringing home "F"s. Becuase they're not doing their homework and aren't doing any studying at all - and wow, how dare she hold the kids accountable for their own actions?
    The sad part about this is the connection between home life and student performance

    "In particular, children living in a family environment marked by frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflicts between parents are at greater risk for deficits in academic achievement than children living in more positive family environments"

    Those parents are getting mad at your sister because they don't want to take a step back and look at how they're raising their kid

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    I don't understand how the planet continues to not suddenly collapse in on itself from the weight of everyone's combined foolishness

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    All of these people need to be slapped, with the parents getting a few extra.

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    This is why I'll never involve myself with education outside of a university environment.
    Get a loada this guy here.
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    Somehow I still feel shocked to see that there still exist people who are blatant racists and/or misogynists. I don't know why this still shocks me. I guess I've been living in an academic environment for too long.

    The 'pretending you're gay/transgender/whatever to shift the blame to the students you are beating up' thing is pretty clever. Small towns always seem to have this weird double-standard, where even though most of the population of the town is politically and socially very conservative, administrators and such still want to keep up with the more liberal direction the country is currently going in, because they're terrified of lawsuits. But they have no real idea what constitutes lawsuit material, so they end up over-reacting or just blindly enforcing some poorly-written blanket rule. Like when the kid accidentally leaves a pocketknife in his backpack, then takes it immediately to the office and explains the situation, and then they suspend him for a week because the rules state you're not allowed to bring a weapon to school. I guess trying to do the right thing in any given situation requires contemplation of nuances, and that's pretty hard.

    And yes, I'm just assuming this is a small town. You can correct me if I'm wrong. But it sounds a lot like it's a small town.

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    It's a small town compared to what I live in for sure.

    Anyone want to hear about some of the idiots on the schoolboard who still believe in segregation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digitalpotato View Post
    Anyone want to hear about some of the idiots on the schoolboard who still believe in segregation?
    No

 

 

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