While I have been tempted, from time to time, to go back to school and obtain a degree… my previous academic experience always prevents me from doing so.
This is why I stopped going to college. (This is not me, but it’s a similar experience to mine.)
I got into an argument with a teacher about the content of a class. The presented information was wrong and I could point to a real world source for information. The instructor was more concerned about “blatant disregard for authority” than accuracy of the course material.
When I had a discussion with the Dean of Education (or whatever the title was, it was a while ago) they said “if the instructor says the war of 1812 happened in 1813, then you are expected to answer 1813 on all tests.”
Reality doesn’t matter in school. So I didn’t see a reason to continue. =(
PS, by the time I had this experience in college, I was mature enough to know not to contradict the instructor in front of the class… but even privately they weren’t interested in being corrected “by a student.”
Before you watch this, understand, I’m not trying to offer an opinion on who you should have voted for, nor am I a pro-Obama voter. For that matter, I’m not a pro-Romney voter either. I find myself in agreement with Douglas Adams, who wrote:
“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”
And besides, who doesn’t love a campaign smear campaign based on a zombie apocalypse? Or Joss Whedon for that matter?
Official White House Response to
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
No, really. That’s the official (priceless) White House response.
When I got to the 3rd bullet point I laughed out loud, literally.
I’ve been using Photoshop for years. Once, when I was in my mid-twenties, I had this obsession with the Borg (from Star Trek, various). I got these really high quality textures and started applying them to corporate logos: places I worked, places I worked with. When I was cleaning through my harddrive this weekend I came across some old PSD (photoshop data) files of my “assimilating corporate logos.”
The company who originally invented this logo is long since bankrupt and gone, but it has special humor for me since at the time the company (a national ISP) had been purchasing regional ISPs around the nation and assimilating them. Very Borg-like themselves.
I don’t have a tumblr account, so I post my comments here instead:
I knew someone like the Cullens in high school. He was gone from school 2-3 days a week (not just when the weather was nice), but he consistantly turned in his school work and showed up for tests. I happened to meet his family one year, and both parents were healthy. So, unless he had a family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc.) who had been in the hospital who he never mentioned, he had even less reason for even worse truancy.
But the teachers all seemed to love him, and he got better grades than I did. (Of course, I refused to do homework in high school unless I needed it to understand the material– which meant I did sciency homework, but never did the math until I got into Algebra 2 and Trig. So my grades were patchy based on my interest and need to study to in order to understand the presented material.)
My point being: I don’t find it so difficult to imagine the Cullen’s getting a free pass from the Academics of Forks High School. Academics (in my experience) tend towards using grades to enforce desired behavior, rather than as a real measure of the acquisition of knowledge. Knowing that Vamp-meyer breath is intoxicating to humans (Edward tried to use it on one of the staff people the first day he met Bella), it’s not much of a stretch to think that they could talk their way out of just about anything.
And yes, I know I’m late in responding- I’m catching up finally.