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Talk About School System Sucking.....

Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:51 pm

Yes, I am a victim of the suckage.... I recently moved out of district without knowing it, and am about 1 mile from the district line, I am also in a Special program, a high program called I.B. -International baccalaureate. I had to come in to the principle and tell her the story as well as fill out a paper so they can let me back into the school. The lady basically told me it was real estate and that I am tax money to them..... Great, real great, the principle telling me, that the person who is trying hard to make her school look good, not only educationally, but musically as well, is not a valued student, but a crumpled up 50$ on the side of the road.... I am currently awaiting the response from the assistant superintendent of the district to read and hopefully get back into my school....

Thanks for listening to the rant, feel free to post how school has sucked for you in the past (none of this "I get too much homework" crap)
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RE: Talk About School System Sucking.....

Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:12 pm

Last time school sucked is pretty much years ago, and it was because of some other students rather than because of teachers or (home)work.
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RE: Talk About School System Sucking.....

Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:40 pm

Highschool, how do I hate thee. Let me count the ways.

-My phys.ed. teacher from the tenth grade failed to arrive at class 70% of the days.

-My music teacher from last year talked on his cell phone in class and screamed at students.

-My A.P. Biology teacher from last year encouraged us to fudge important documents.

-On average, 25 people show up for school performances.

-The school is covered in litter.

-Ocassionally, some loser will set a trash can on fire in the hallway, forcing the evacuation of the school.

-There is never toilet paper or soap in the bathrooms.

-My Spanish teacher from last year obviously had memory problems because he assigned the same worksheets no less than at least 4 or 5 times per semester, sometimes mere days after assigning the same papers.

-My councillor genuinely couldn't give less of a sh-t if we pass or fail. She seems generally annoyed when people actually have legitimate questions that she has to answer.

-My school has a crappy reputation, even though over 70% of the 02/03 class went on to college.

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RE: Talk About School System Sucking.....

Fri Jul 18, 2003 6:31 am

Have I got a nice can of worms for you! And since I graduated a few weeks ago I can say them without fear of repercussions! YAHOO!

Alright, here goes:

* I did my placement abroad, near London. After about 9 months I asked my teacher when I had to come back and hand in my thesis. His response: "Are you still there?".

* Because of the beforementioned... incident, my study lasted 4 months longer then expected. My crash-course fast study suddenly became a "normal-speed" study. Ended up quite expensively since I of course do have to pay for those 4 months! I did love my stay in the UK though! Bexleyheath rules! (sorta)

* While in England I did have to pay for using the school fascilities. I have not visited the school for a ful year, and still had to pay the full fare.

* Alright, back in Holland and I have one resit to do. Operations Management (a kind of cross between statistics and math, bloody dificult). I had already done this exam 4 times. The highest score I ever got was a 39, a 40 is the minimum allowed.
Instead of the exam I could do a replacement assignment. This assignment was EASY. I mean not just a bit easy but easy as in that my little brother could do it if he had a few days of.
The end result is now that my second-highest mark on the exam list is for this subject, even though I haven't got a clue what to do! Sometimes you just have to love the Dutch education system!

* The teacher teaching English was a b*tch. Now that would not be a problem if she was knowledgable about her subject. She was not. She managed to speak English mind you, and had a English "Queen" accent (you know the one. Whatever she said it always sounded like "I am important", "I know all", "you are stupid" yadda yadda).
Every now and then I explained the subject to my fellow class members because they would otherwise not get it. You'd think she'd be happy for some help, but noooo! She made quite clear, in English, that my help was not appreciated and that she could handle it. My response was to repeat her sentence without her grammar mistake. Surprisingly the next grade I got for English was suddenly 2 points lower, a 6! This was the first time in years I got a mark lower than 8!
The teacher assured me it had nothing to do with me being obnoxious (yeah, sure)!

* One teacher was scheduled for 4 hours of class a week. He would come in for one hour and explain the homework. The remaining hours he would be available to answer questions, but that's it. No notes, no explanations, NOTHING! Boy did we get an easy exam at the end of term!

* I have had 3 college cards that are used in the canteen, library etc. Of them 2 broke down mid-term. In total I lost about 10 euro's of credit by passes that suddenly froze up.

* Computers that keep crashing. I've lost files by the dozens! Acces to internet hard to come by, and always slow.

* My full name is Peter ten Thije ook genoemd Boonkkamp (I am very serious now). Guess just how many versions I have seen at school! I suppose I can't blame them really, but they did set a new record and included a few variations I did not know yet!

Really a marvellous school, had a lot of fun there!
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RE: Talk About School System Sucking.....

Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:47 am

Wow, some rough experiences!
I have been blessed with really, really great schools. The school board that I went to elementary and High School in actually won an award while I was there as the best School Board in the WORLD. (It was some german foundation that awarded this to us.) My schools were safe, clean, lots of school spirit, people for the most part respected each other, good classes, good teachers, etc. Overall, I am very very pleased with the quality of public education in Canada.

Now that I'm at University, it's even better. Tuition fees are very low in Quebec, and I love my school to death. I even chose to live in residence for three years and have just now moved out. And then I'm goign to McGill for grad school which is just as nice!  Smile

Peter, too bad your English teacher was a bitch, but your english is excellent. Much better than my dutch, which I am trying to learn on my own...
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RE: Talk About School System Sucking.....

Fri Jul 18, 2003 9:01 pm

Well, my school/University experience is as follows -

Age 3-6 - Habara School, Bahrain. All I remember is being handed orange juice and reading Roger Red Hat books. So it must have been cool!

Age 7-9 - Linden Park Primary School, Adelaide, Australia. Great facilities, good teachers (apart from 1 racist bitch who used to beat up the Lebanese kid in our class and told everyone he had Aids). But I loved the meat pie deliveries at lunch.

Age 9-12 - St Peter's COE school, Poole, Dorset, England. I loved this school - set in ancient buildings (think Harry Potter) but great sense of community and top notch teachers. It merged with another school to become 'Baden Powell & St Peters' - unfortunately the other school had loads of thickos in it so I was kind of held back. Time to leave

Age 12-13 - Winchester Boys Public School (public school in England means private school elsewhere - that's what I hate about the UK, the illogical use of the language). Very posh and rugger-buggery, but I didn't like boarding.

Age 13-13 - Canford Public School - Another posh private school - so posh that the Egyptian frieze above the darts board was sold to the Museum of London for £18million. Unfortunately, I didn't like horse riding, nor did I have any inclination to make friends with anyone called 'Rupert' or go out with any girls called 'Verity'. I left.....

Age 13-18 - Poole Grammar School - Fantastic selective school - it took the top 8% of boys in the area so no dumb-asses to hold us back, great facilities, top-notch teachers and a great bunch of friends. I miss that school.

Age 18-22 - King's College, University of London - Top notch University (I turned down an unconditional offer at Cambridge University to go there) with unbelieveably talented lecturers. However, being located on the Strand in Central London meant no campus. However, the College owned loads of property in exclusive areas so I lived off High St Kensington for £35 a week, with satellite TV and broadband in my room. Nice.

Age 20-21 - La Sorbonne, Universite de Paris - Part of my King's degree was spent in Paris. The Sorbonne had a good reputation but in reality was no match for King's - nobody there knew the meaning of 'hard work' - during my 9 months in Paris I went out once, the rest of the time I studied to ensure a 1st Class honours degree (and subsequently a fat bastard monthly pay cheque in the City). People mocked me at the time for my devotion, but look who's laughing now frat boys!

Age 22-23 - Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand - Another great University, one of the best in Asia with terrific facilities and top rate teachers. I studied Thai for a year there - I would highly recommend that place.
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RE: Talk About School System Sucking.....

Sun Jul 20, 2003 3:30 am

I'm like AerLingus...I have a major beef with my high school overall:

-The Honors classes (which I'm in) are, for the most part, full of people who think they're awesome & have no consideration for anyone else. No room for the little guy here.

-The piece de resistance: My Honors Biology class. It was unbearable...thank God it's over. 53 chapter book & we did it all. The teacher, while she is very good, sped through it & we were barely able to catch up or keep track of what the hell was going was insane. We think she thought we were college students, one of the reasons being that she slammed a huge project on us every 6 weeks. This would usually include a 4-6 page paper, some kind of visual project (i.e. poster or diagram), and another random pain in the ass. (We did get to make a game on a video which could be used to review a chapter for a test in the last 6 weeks, which was really fun.)

-Reportedly, the Honors Geometry teacher hates kids.  Insane (I didn't take it, because I suck at math)

-The building is dilapidated, falling apart & laden with a brick wall with the names of about every boyfriend/girlfriend couple that's ever set foot on the grounds. (marked for death within 5 years, however). There's also the occasional graffiti.

-The school is mostly a combination of "Ghetto", Gothic, and preppy/conceited people.

-We had 3, count 'em three, bomb threats in the first grading period (6 weeks) alone.

-Athletics over Academics. From a teacher- "You can't leave the building for lunch unless you live within 5 minutes walking distance from the school"....tell that to one of the football players who picked up & brought in food from BW3's, Rally's, Bob Evans, Wendy's, or any other resturant most days.

-You won't find any smoking at our school  Yeah sure Every bathroom stank of cig. smoke & most people do smoke.

It could be worse, but it doesn't seem like it sometimes. Despite all this, we had a ton of Honor Roll & 4.0 students last year. The academics do make up for the mess I listed above.

End rant.
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