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Forum Post: Obedience first, Education second.

Posted 6 years ago on Jan. 6, 2012, 8:04 a.m. EST by TheEvilFuckaire (208)
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In the 7th grade I had a social studies teacher who told the class 1/12 was more than 1/6. This same teacher came to class 20 minutes late one day. As one would expect, 5 of the 30 students including me were sitting at their desks quietly reading their textbooks. About 20 were seated and talking with each other. 5 or so more were treating the classroom as a playground, running, yelling, and throwing things. The teacher's response was to mandate that ALL students must write "I will not run and yell in class." 100 times by the end of the week, or be put in detention. I raised my hand and told the teacher that I would write no sentences since I had been doing what was expected of me, and if he was not willing to make an exception that he should just send me to detention now. The principal later called my mother when I had not written the words. I had told my mother my side of things and she told the school that she would back me up in my decision. I spent the rest of that year last hour of school in detention, detention was in the high school library. I read dozens of books. Issac Azimov, George Orwell, physics books, dictionaries, etc. I learned more in detention that year than I would have learned in 100 years from an idiot teacher that does not even get basic fractions. The most important thing I learned, was from the idiot teacher. I was not in school to learn. I was in school to learn to OBEY. I Failed to learn that lesson.



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[-] 2 points by hidden (430) from Los Angeles, CA 6 years ago

Absolutely. The idea itself, sitting in a classroom with tens of other students with no freedom what so ever, listening to the authority and following authority's commands or get punished is an ultimate obedience training program. The schools are designed to prepare you for future wage slavery.

[-] 2 points by ithink (761) from York, PA 6 years ago

I absolutely hated school as a child and now my own children are in the system. The public school system demands mediocrity. Don't you ever just want to do something Fabulous? Do it, I tell my kids. They come home from school and it looks like the life is sucked right out of them. What I am starting to learn is that whether we like it or not, we are part of a culture. The public school system is a slave to this culture. I am not sure how to do this, or if this would work.. but if we could influence a change in the collective culture, the public school system, would have no choice but to follow.

[-] 2 points by kingscrossection (1203) 6 years ago

In the system now and it feels as if its run like a prison. We can hardly do or say anything fun or exciting.

[-] 2 points by ithink (761) from York, PA 6 years ago

Ah.. Go do something Fabulous! Whatever you think that may be. The world will thank you. Here is something they won't teach you in school - Sometimes it is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

[-] 1 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 6 years ago

That's what happens when we don't offer competitive pay to public school teachers. The ones with skills move on to greener pastures...