reply to post by muzzleflash
I am going to have to agree with you there muzzleflash. See, I went to a major public school for the greater part of my highschool career, maybe the
largest in Portland Oregon, and it was so crowded. Now, it seemed to me that they just used blanket teaching for everyone and didnt allow for much
sway in the devlopement of a child's opinions, kind of robotitizing us it felt like. Now, I really messed up my highschool career in that place,
mostly due to hanging out with the wrong crowd, and abusing alcohol heavily. Now, after I severly screwed up, my counselor reccomended me to a
allternative school within that same district. Once I got there, I could tell right away that this was the place that the district just dumped all the
delinquent kids. Nearly everyone either did drugs or acohol, and most of them didnt care at all about progressing their education, rather to just
screw around and get a diploma with the least amount of work possible.
I did not fit in here, since I actually enjoyed learning and I turned out to be one of the brightest students in all my classes. When I was there, I
noticed something strange, that I didnt really realize how strange until after I graduated. I noticed that the teachers there were trying to tell me
something, and I was a tad to naive to notice at the time, but I guess that they just hoped somone would get the messege.
So, it starts with my US government teacher, who was the most blatantly obvious about it. First of all, he showed us some scenes from the Matrix, that
at the time seemed completely uncorrelated with US government. However, after my venture into alternative topics, I understood the prevalence that the
movie had on learning about the US government. He also was the only teacher I had ever heard of that covered the JFK assasination very heavily and
with such depth, that it seemed obvious he believed it was a conspiracy. Another strange thing he did was test us all on how liberal or conservative
we were by giving us questions that both sides differed on. Now, after that, he gave us another test that tested on a much broader range of values.
After we all input our values from the second test, he made us realize that those who were normally stark opposites in terms liberal or conservative,
actually agreed on most things. I also now realize that our English teacher was rather different in the way she taught compared to the other school.
She was so open about what we could believe. Heck, on 420, she even gave us a lesson on that silly little plant I wont mention the name of. We also
had debates in the class about the same topic, and she generally agreed with my views and favored legalization. I could tell that there were many
other opinions she held that were against the status quo that is routinely shoved down our throats. Anyways, sorry for rambling, I just thought I
would point out that not all
schools were like that. However, mine is probably a special case, since the district really didnt give a crap
about this school. I wonder if anyone else had teachers who did what mine did, and looking back, I now realize how clear there messege
Edit to stay on topic: I am going to have to say that I agree that there should be a seperation between the showers. Not because I think kids need to
be more sheltered, but because many plain stunk in gym because they didnt take showers for fear of being judged for the state of their private parts.
Not to mention that the last thing people need is another reason to be bullied, it is already rampant enough.
edit on 22-1-2013 by Renegade2283
because: (no reason given)