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The other day, I had a pretty bad disappointment in class, I had a student sleeping on his desk who started snoring super loud, to the point where people started laughing. So I threw an eraser at him and hit the girl next to him.... :/

I sorta recovered from it, I shouted "Hit him with it!" and she threw at him from like, point-blank, and missed! At least I was trying to him him from way down at the bottom of the auditorium, she was right next to him! Ugh...

Everyone laughed loud enough at that point to wake him up, but it was just a dismal failure in my book.



My high school world history teacher had a solution for that. Some poor kid fell asleep in that class 1 day. Our teacher stopped lecturing, looked around surveying the remainder of the class, surmised since the rest of us were still awake soliditary action was all that would be necessary. He went over to his desk, opened a drawer, dug out a Websters dictionary that was at least 9" thick, then quietly walked over to the sleeping kid. Once again he gazed about the classroom, made a quirky face, lifted the dictionary to a height above his head, then let gravity accomplish the rest.

Of course the entire class watched quietly. The resounding thud on the desktop accomplished what the instructor had intended. Upon wakefulness, Mr. Buchanan lit into the poor kid with remarks about homelife, homework, adequate sleep. Back in the '60's teachers could do things likely outlawed today in a classroom environment. After rebuke the kid had to go out into the hallway and stand by the lavatory entryway for 20 minutes as punishment which he did. Mr. Buchanan took no crap from any student no matter how brilliant or ignorant. If any student in violation of any basic request from him did not perform the contrition ritual he faced a grade reduction or a brief suspension.

This kid never fell asleep in that class again during Mr. Buchanan's lectures.

Mr. Buchanan did some other interesting things in a classroom to keep us alert and obedient. But that story is for another time.

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bemused_Bohemian wrote:
Back in the '60's teachers could do things likely outlawed today in a classroom environment.

Last I checked, back in the 60's you could beat public school kids with a stick. Literally. Actually... If you want to get technical about it, you still can. The US Supreme Court decided in '77 that spanking or paddling by schools is lawful where it has not been explicitly outlawed by local authorities. And only half the states have actually abolished it....

Personally, I'm not interested in how to control public school kids, that's not my business. Honestly the majority of them are doomed, less than 1/3 will ever earn so much as a bachelors....

I don't even want to try to teach people who aren't interested in learning. They pay tens of thousands of dollars per semester, if they want to waste their loans, or parent's money, that's fine by me. Just don't fucking interrupt me with snores, that's atrocious.

You know, I still try to get their attention when I can... Maybe I should take back what I said... I think I do care... I must right? Even though it's university, and everyone's pretending like they're adults, they still act like children when things get a bit silly. So, sometimes I'm motivated to capitalize on it. Like, I setup an electromagnet (on a switch) on top of the announcement speaker back when I was still an adjunct prof, lol. That was always fun, instantaneous-horrendously-loud-feedback is good times. xD

I dunno, maybe I just take it offensively because it's an ego thing, like, "why aren't you paying attention to me!" kind of b.s. meh... In the end I know I can't force people to learn, but I think if I had the option, I'd strap people to torture racks and force them to learn. Pull a Clockwork Orange scenario on them and tape their fucking eyelids back! hehehhehh sorry... I go too far sometimes...
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Forbes had an issue recently about college degrees and which institutions are worth the time, effort, and money for the education and future self advancement. After reading the feature article I couldn't help but surmise even these institutions are suffering from an overdose of narcissism. I too have wondered if matriculating through the halls of academia is even relevant anymore for the majority of eligible collegians. Sure, our planet needs knowledgeable people to advance civilization but I suspect our technological advancements have made our old methodology of information dissemination for the greatest good obsolete. I believe many of the college populace would be better served using online access instead of suffering real-time population displacement in brick and mortar structures. The technology is there to accomplish this.
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thefinalword wrote:


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My disappointment :

It has probably been said,
and it will likely be said after right now.
However,
The thing that disappoints me above anything else is humanity .
We're amazing creatures. Capable of inventions, communication, and progression.
That being said, do we ever truly progress?
We can travel huge distances, including space, yet we still argue and kill eachother over silly disagreements, religion, differences in politics. And apparently we will never learn to live and let live, yet we can learn quantum physics.
We can build things capable of mass destruction, yet we can't put money towards building schools and cities in the third world countries.
We can help people out, when it costs nothing, only time. Yet we'd rather think about ourselves.
We can do SOOOO much
Yet, we choose to do so little.
This...this is what disappoints me greatly.
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I'm disappointed that the kids I volunteer with die from cancer and other diseases and I get to live on healthy. Even more so when there families are religious fanatics that refuse them treatment that can help them live longer or better, but instead insist on prayer to heal them. Then the kids die and the parents have the audacity to say it was god's plan or that god works in mysterious ways, at that point it isn't even disappointment anymore, it's full blown, white hot anger.

Also, I'm not implying I'm disappointed with religion or god, believe what you want to believe, it's those people in specific I'm talking about.
Posted 9/7/12

justinitsu wrote:

I'm disappointed that the kids I volunteer with die from cancer and other diseases and I get to live on healthy. Even more so when there families are religious fanatics that refuse them treatment that can help them live longer or better, but instead insist on prayer to heal them. Then the kids die and the parents have the audacity to say it was god's plan or that god works in mysterious ways, at that point it isn't even disappointment anymore, it's full blown, white hot anger.

Also, I'm not implying I'm disappointed with religion or god, believe what you want to believe, it's those people in specific I'm talking about.


And AshRandom appears... now!
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And AshRandom appears... now!


Don't go around revealing my second account!
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Poor thing If you make through boot camp, which I have doubts. you sound somewhat stuck on yourself basically your asking to have your butt kicked by the other boots. Keep your mouth closed, ears open and pay attention no matter how boring it gets. The last thing you what is to stick out as a wise guy Drill Sargent and instructors for your MOS will be happy to use as an example for discipline. Do not worry about the D.I hitting you it will be the other boots generally at night. If you can make it out you may become a real MAN.
Posted 9/7/12
High school years.
Posted 9/7/12

lorddisick wrote:

High school years.


Agreed, for the most part.
Posted 9/9/12

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evenstar95 wrote:

And AshRandom appears... now!


Don't go around revealing my second account!


What about the third? Can I reveal that one?
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AshRandom wrote:

I haven't really had any, unless you want to count not sleeping with the prom queen... I got shot down like the Luftwaffe.

The other day, I had a pretty bad disappointment in class, I had a student sleeping on his desk who started snoring super loud, to the point where people started laughing. So I threw an eraser at him and hit the girl next to him.... :/

I sorta recovered from it, I shouted "Hit him with it!" and she threw at him from like, point-blank, and missed! At least I was trying to him him from way down at the bottom of the auditorium, she was right next to him! Ugh...

Everyone laughed loud enough at that point to wake him up, but it was just a dismal failure in my book.


So.... she missed. What if it had hit someone else, eraser war anyone? Erasers flying everywhere while the sleeping kid was still in snooze mode. Heh.

Anywho, I disappointed myself in a class I'm taking. It's Astronomy and we were talking about the how the Earth moves around the Sun and the Greek personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. Well the teacher showed us a picture of a guy in front of a sun with beautiful women surrounding him and lying at his feet. She asked who did this look like and I said it was Jesus, but I was wrong and it was Helios. It doesn't help either that earlier I said the reason the Earth is pulled in by the Sun's gravity is because of magic.
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hmm... Major disappointments... I can't really think of any major ones. But I have plenty of minor disappointments!! Like this year I'm finally a senior in high school! All of my classes are going to be really easy and I even get out early, but I have none of my best friends with me! Not even in lunch!!!!
Posted 9/9/12
When i lost my soul.
Posted 9/9/12
when you find out...

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