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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
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