Warning: Really fucking long rant lies ahead.
My geometry teacher really pissed me off today. She didn't insult anyone or do anything directly to me, but she still made me see red. Someone asked her why they're making the school day longer next year. She said that having shorter school days makes the school "look bad" and that some people don't do their homework, which she apparently thinks would magically change if they were forced to sit and do nothing at school for an extra hour. (Nope. Just look at the middle school. They have longer school days than us, and I guarantee you 80% of those kids don't do their homework.) Then she said, "Well, basically, teenagers don't need free time. They should be in school all the time and not out and about."
I sure do wonder what she was like when she was in high school.
None of her points make any sense. In fact, some bring out a deep rage in me that doesn't even have anything to do with the length of the school day.
1. The school looks bad because they will admit any dumbass with enough money. (It's a private school, which I absolutely fucking HATEEEEksdfkj, but that's another rant for another time.) It doesn't have a thing to do with school ending at 2:00. Rednecks with money are a scary, scary thing, and rarely do they ever give their children proper home training. Well, that's what it's like around here, anyway. The school looks bad because the school IS bad. It had a horrible reputation long, long before it ever decided to end at 2:00. Everybody in town knows the school is a money-hungry joke.
You wanna know just how much they like money? Well, they drug test the students. I think I've mentioned that before. They drug test us, and if we test positive, we're supposed to be expelled. This year, more than a few people tested positive for various drugs. No one was kicked out. Why? Because they'd lose some of their precious, precious money. Money makes them bend their own rules.
Due to a shortage of teachers, it hires anyone and everyone willing to do the job, which results in miserable, incompetent bitches who are awful at teaching and students who are failing due to the bad teaching. There are a few good teachers, but most of them are mediocre at best. If the teacher has been around for a while, the school will never, ever fire them, no matter how many people have complained about them. A perfect example is the geometry teacher herself. One of my older friends almost failed her class, passing only because of an extra credit assignment. So did her sister. My older friend is in college now and is perfectly fine at math... now that she's away from her. Her mom tried both times to get something done about the teacher, but her concerns were ignored.
If the school truly cared about its image, it wouldn't accept students who were disruptive, immature, and completely and totally stupid, and if even it did decide to, it wouldn't put those students in the motherfucking Honors courses! ARGH! If you act like an runaway ape on ecstasy, you probably don't belong in an Honors classroom, even if you have a 95 average. It also would only hire teachers who knew what they were doing at all times.
2. For three years, I had those class periods where you sat and did nothing. No one ever did their homework because the loud, disruptive kids were being, well, loud and disruptive, which means that no one else can concentrate. Also, the teachers who sat there with you were generally Nazi-like in their rules, which meant absolutely NO going to the bathroom or getting a textbook you forgot. Ever. Or you'd get your head snapped off.
3. Why should we be in school an extra hour if we aren't doing anything? What is the purpose? How is this productive? And what's WRONG with free time? How would she feel if someone decided that geometry teachers didn't need any free time? Basically, all this boils down to is her hatred and/or fear of teenagers. (Why on Earth did she decide to teach high school?!) She's probably one of those weird older people who think everyone who is young is a violent criminal addicted to drugs and sex. Hi, I'm Super Duck. I'm 15 years old, and I don't mug little old ladies! In fact, I find violence to be disgusting on every level! But, like I said, I'm 15, so I am obviously a horrible, horrible excuse for a human who needs to be locked away from society lest I fuck up everything in my path.
I could go on for hours. I could point out every single flaw, every instance of hypocrisy, and every injustice I have suffered there. There is honestly not a single place on Earth I hate more than that very school. I wish I could undo all the damage it has done to me. The day I leave it behind forever will be the happiest day of my life. I don't even think I can stomach 3 more years of this complete and utter bullshit.