posted on Jul, 19 2008 @ 07:51 AM
I, as a 14 year old member and person currently experiencing the oh-so-wonderful acquaintanceship of others my age, am also disgusted by the way
everyone acts. Whilst I do think that respect should be earned and NOT granted automatically by age, I also think that there should be an amount of
respect that we should give to every living being, regardless of whether or not they're complete twats.
Honestly? Most people my age are truly embarrassing. As for education, the only reason that I still go to public school is for the credentials and to
be with my girlfriend. I've taken it upon myself to teach myself everything that we need to be taught. (Actually, before 7th grade, we moved to the
US. I had just finished year 7 in the UK (which is like 6th grade). It's been two years, and I haven't learned a thing from school, besides the fact
that you guys really like multiple choice questions, don't you?)
On the topic of physical punishment, however, the only reason it "works" is because it incites fear. By definition, that's terrorism: This is the
same tactic our supposed enemies, the oppressors, use. The only real way of remedying lack of respect is for the person to change themselves.
Otherwise, there is no effective AND non-hypocritical (is there a word for this?) way of reform.
But most of all, us kiddies need to learn that we're not going to be kiddies forever. There will be a time that we all HAVE to grow up and learn how
to take things seriously, and also learn that there's consequences to our actions.
OH, and sorry about the disorganized post. I just really dislike having to be in the same class as most of these fools. I ask a kid about gay rights,
and he gets mad at me and goes off on a tangent about how it's disgusting, wrong, &c. I only wanted to know his opinion!