The Politics Of Graduation

| Learning | May 29, 2014

(My senior year of high school I have an economics teacher who is fanatical in his political beliefs. When he learns I do not share them, he goes out of his way to make my life difficult. Just prior to graduation, I am called into my guidance counselor’s office:)

Counselor: “[My Name], I’m afraid you won’t be able to graduate. One of the requirements is that you pass economics and [Teacher] stated that you skipped his final exam.”

Me: *at first worried, but now smiling* “I took his exam and got a ‘C’ on it.”

Counselor: “I’m sorry, but that’s not what he’s saying.”

Me: *reaches into backpack and pulls out returned and graded exam* “If he’s going to claim I didn’t take it, he shouldn’t have graded it and given it back to me.”

Counselor: “I see… I’ll take care of it. My apologies.”

(Ironically at graduation it was the teacher who tried to sabotage me that was handing out diplomas. I took great pleasure when he had to reluctantly hand me mine.)

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