A Thinning Sense Of Morality

, , , , | Learning | June 24, 2017

(I am in a freshman biology class and the teacher has accidentally left a YouTube video playing on the projector too long. The next one starts automatically, except it’s an ad for The Thinning, a movie about teens being required to take an intelligence test that determines whether they’ll live.)

Teacher: “That wouldn’t be too bad in real life. A lot of people in this class would be dead, like [Student #1] and [Student #2].”

Me: “You really think if people don’t pass a test they should be killed?”

Teacher: “Well, they wouldn’t have to die. They could go away to a remote island.”

Me: “You know, if that was true, the government would probably just use that as a cover and kill them anyway, since it would be a dystopian society.”

Teacher: “Well, if they fall out of the plane or something, nothing you can do about it, right?”

Friend: “But what about people who have mental disorders like me? I have dyslexia so I might not pass the test without extra help. I have an IEP, you know.”

Teacher: “I guess that’s a sacrifice we’d make. Also, I have children, and I’d still want the test.” *his children are around ages 5 and 7*

(The discussion pretty much ended there. I’m worried for his sense of morality.)

Cheating Can Be ‘Armful

, , , , , | Learning | June 23, 2017

(We are in a Spanish class.)

Teacher: *jokingly* “Anyone planning to cheat on the test today?”

(Several students raise their hands in response. Unfortunately for one student, this also causes his sleeve to fall down, revealing notes written on his arm.)

Teacher: *face palms*

(The teacher made the student go back twice to wash the ink off but let him take the exam after, since he was “honest” about it!)

Roll Call Is Not Their Calling

, , , | Learning | June 23, 2017

(During my first years of high school, I am in a very large class where several students have the same first name. For instance, there were two Lauras, two Lisas, several other name-pairs, and three boys that shared the same first name. Understandably, teachers get confused a lot, and the following situation occurred more than once when a teacher hands back graded work:)

Teacher: “[Girl’s Name].”

Class: *as one* “Which one?”

Teacher: “[Last Name #1]. [Boy’s Name].”

Class: “Which one?”

Teacher: “[Last Name #2].” *a few other names without problems* “[Same Boy’s Name].”

Class: “Which one?”

Teacher: “Well, the other one.”

Class: “Which one? There’s three of ’em.”

Teacher: “Oh, for Pete’s sake, [Last Name #3]!”

Africans In America Are African Americans

, , , | Learning | June 23, 2017

(There is a new student who just moved here from another country and has a very obvious accent as a result. Wanting to make him feel as welcome as possible, I start talking to him and learn that he’s a very decent guy and decide to get to know him a little more.)

Me: “What part of Africa are you from?”

Student: “[My Name], what’s wrong with you? Just because someone is black doesn’t mean that they’re from Africa!”

New Student: “…but I am actually from Africa. I was born in Nigeria.”

(Someone later insisted that he was African-American whenever anyone said he was African, despite his insistence that he really was from Africa.)

Imprisoned In The Parent Trap

, , , , | Related | June 18, 2017

(I’ve chosen to take Legal Studies as one of my Year 12 courses. As part of the course, we’re allowed to go to a local prison to meet some of the inmates and hear about their experiences with the criminal justice system. Since the bus to the prison leaves fairly early from school, my dad agrees to drive me to school.)

Dad: “Hey, [Radio Station] is having one of their contests on in five minutes!”

(He calls, and manages to get through to the station.)

Operator: “What are you doing up so early today?”

Dad: “I’m taking my daughter to prison!”

(Thanks, Dad. On the plus side, that particular statement DID get him on the radio.)

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