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Originally posted by PurpleChiten
For the love of GOD people, READ the transcript and at least know what was actually said before you go on and on and on about how horrible the guy was!!!! Sheeeesh.
Originally posted by MidnightTide
What happens when you don't understand it? When little John and Sally go out of school and expect everything to be handed to them and when it doesn't they crumple and expect the government (and you and me) to look after them.
These kids should feel lucky that someone told them the cold hard facts of life, most parents don't teach their children that anymore.
Originally posted by dogstar23
reply to post by pravdaseeker
If only someone would give a speech to the useless parents who raise 95% of today's kids. Why are so many of them so screwed up? Because their parents are so weak that they can't overcome the media programming. No matter how much programming is "out there" to turn your kid into another useless adult, if you are a parent worth a damn, your kid shouldn't end up succumbing to it. If you can't handle the responsibility of raising your kid right, then for the sake of all of us, go get snipped!
Originally posted by ldyserenity
It also depends on what definition the teacher is thinking of, too:
of a distinct or particular kind or character: a special kind of key.
I don't think this is what was meant.
how about def 2 ?
being a particular one; particular, individual, or certain: You'd better call the special number.
...you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.
Because everyone is.
Congratulations. Good luck. Make for yourselves, please, for your sake and for ours, extraordinary lives.
If he was referring to this one then 100% he was wrong because every single one of us is an individual...sounds like NWO propeganda tripe telling people we are not individuals and I would hope this is not the definition to which he was referring.
Originally posted by ldyserenity
Well maybe I am reading into it way too far than because of his mention of making your life extroidanary. To me this is implying that those who don't feel they want or need that kind of life, it is looking down on them but like I said maybe I am reading too far into it. I do tend to do that.
I'd also argue that someone who hasn't made an overly extroidanary life may be an extroidanary impact on someone elses, but now we're just talking alot of nuances. It's straddling hairs. I don't know if I agree/disagree with the speech 100% because it is good for those with the want and need to feel important, but most people just want to be safe, happy, and healthy.
Some people just love learning more than having some important position. Me I am one of those I want to learn as much as I possibly can in my lifetime, so I won't have any big important "Special" jobs, mine will be just to make a living because I will dedicate my time to learning and have several jobs in several arenas because every new job is another learning experience about a different career.
Originally posted by babybunnies
It makes me laugh even more when these same kids claim to be "the most social generation EVER".
Sure, but take away your electronics, put 20 of you in a room with each other and force you to TALK to each other and you'll be terrified.
These kids need to realize that on day 1 after graduation, it's "welcome to the real world".
But the scary part is that even throughout college, university, and even through the start of their careers, many parents continue to coddle their children. It's absolutely FRIGHTENING to find out the complete lack of real world skills that many college graduates have these days.
Teacher wear many hats from counseling students on their behavior, problems they have at home, policing the hallways and breaking up fights. Many teachers across this country are injured yearly due to fights they break-up. If some of these overpaid teachers didn't put themselves between some of these ugly fights, some children can easily be maimed or accidentally killed. I personally had a student in my class that was stomping on a students head before the start of school. He served jail time and the other boys doctor said one more stomp on this kids head could have left him paralyzed. The boys mouth was wired for 3 months. Thankfully a teacher intervened. How many teachers have prevented more deaths in school shootings? Teachers care for these kids and don't think twice about protecting them from harm.
I wish I can say the same thing about school boards, administrators, and government officials. Their concern is mostly about putting the blame on teachers, or put a band-aid on the problem or how they can shuffle data around to make them look good in the eyes of the public. They also make sure they're salaries and raises are never in jeopardy.