High School

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High School
Before I started high school, elementary school teachers told me that no one
cared about you at the high school. It was a different world and you had to do
everything on your own. As I started my first semester, I was working with A’s
and B’s, and great conduct. I learned a lot though. It was true; most teachers
really didn’t care about their students and followed a lesson plan that had
been in repetitive use since the 70’s. But that wasn’t a problem. I like
looking at things from all perspectives. If you know what your opposite is
thinking then you know how to outsmart them. When you assume, you only realize
that you didn’t know anything and you just screw yourself more. Sitting in my
algebra class, doing my homework every night, I realized that there is a lot of
busy work involved in this teacher’s curriculum. I don’t like busy work and

I don’t like wasting my time. I don’t like the fact that teachers were
giving me work just so they could put grades in books. So I basically decided
not to do my work and copy it. Why not? I listen in class and I understand the
stuff, so for all of second semester I never did one assignment, and passed with
a happy A. This was fantastic. That summer I took Biology. Copying homework was
one thing, but cheating on a test was going to the source of what you really
knew. True knowledge is how you apply what you learn not just knowing it. My
teacher that year couldn’t have cared less about his students, playing endless
videos while I slept. Sleep!!! Another subject that became a habit in later
months. But doing endless worksheets by copying right out of textbook was not my
idea of learning. So I just copied some more. One thing lead to another and I
was making cheat sheets for the tests. Little did I know that my friends were
way ahead of the game. They had the answers to the tests from last year’s
students. Wow. Now I don’t even have to make cheat sheets, even easier. And
who was worried about getting caught. My teacher would fall asleep during the
tests and videos. If a teacher does not teach, a student cannot learn. If a
student cannot learn he cannot pass a class. If he does not pass his class he is
considered either a slacker or stupid. So in order to survive, I had to use my
methods. What could I do? I felt lost in this biology class but again passed
with a B. I see teachers as people. Some people see them as everlasting
machines, always here to help you and explain to you when you don’t understand
things. A teacher is a person who works. Not for the money, so I’ve heard, but
for the children. They breathe, eat, and you might even see them at a restaurant
or the market. You might not see the point of all this and how it relates to
education but there is one. What is a corrupt system? If a student works hard
and gets an A he earned it. If a student cheats and gets an A, does he deserve
it? Yes. Why? A story I heard once explains it all. A man pays eight dollars to
go see a movie, another man sneaks in from the back, he doesn’t pay. My point?

Do they both see the movie? Yes. Credit is given to those who earn it, but it
can also be taken and given to those who don’t deserve it. But it is still
given. Some people see school as a place where they can get good grades. But
screw the grades. You can kiss a teachers ass, suck up, do all the, busy work,
extra credit and still end up with an A that means nothing. This year a friend
of mine received a C in one of their classes. When the news of this C came out,
my friend hyperventilated and left the room. I couldn’t understand what
happened. When my friend came back to class, he told me that he would not come
to school anymore etc... because of that C. As I explained before grades
represent nothing. I talked to the teacher after class explained my friend’s
situation and his grade was changed to a B the next day. You are supposed to
learn at school. If this is the way grades can be given then why

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