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They Were All Right

| Learning | November 18, 2015

(Though I am an honors student, I have always relied on my wit to get me through school rather than studying, which at one point causes a drop in my grades. As such, I voluntarily enroll in a study skills class in hopes of improving my grades. Unfortunately, said class covers the very basics of studying, operating on a primary school level. After a test, this happens:)

Teacher: “All right, class, here are your tests back. I’m sorry to say most of you did very poorly.”

(When I receive my test, I notice I got an A, though one question is marked wrong. As we are studying how to utilize charts and graphs, the question asks where the most recent event on a timeline can be found.)

Me: “Excuse me, Mrs. [Teacher], but is the most recent event on a timeline not on the far right? That was my answer, and it was marked as incorrect.”

Teacher: “Uh… I don’t know. The book with the answers said it was on the left.”

Me: *pulls out packet with a visual of a timeline handed out a few days prior* “This clearly shows the most recent event to be on the far right. And this is part of the material we were told to study from.”

Teacher: “But the book said left!”

Me: “So, you’re telling me that the notes, as well as common sense and experience, are incorrect because the book says so?”

Teacher: “Well, how should I know whether you’re right without the book?”

Me: *turns to guy sitting next to me* “Have you ever seen a timeline with the most recent event on the left?”

Guy: “Nope.”

Me: “Has anyone?”

Half The Class: *chattered agreement*

Me: “Is it possible the book could be wrong?”

Teacher: “No.”

Me: “Yet all evidence goes against it.”

Teacher: “FINE. I’ll mark your answers right.”

(I made a lot of friends in that class after that.)

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