plinky prompts: bad teachers

my high school. It looks very, um, exciting, right?

I don’t think I’ve ever had really bad teachers. That could be because I am rather a goody-goody two shoes that hates not meeting expectations and so tend to stay out of trouble. Or maybe I lucked out, I don’t know.

I do remember a couple teachers in high school that were … rather good at discouraging me, though. I remember one math teacher who told me that it wasn’t my fault my math grades sucked, I was just really bad at math. A science teacher who wouldn’t explain anything to those of us not on the science track, since we’d be dropping the course after our mandatory three years anyway so he wasn’t going to waste time and energy on us. But the best, or worst, actually, was my social studies teacher who asked me my opinion about the project he was making us do, and when I wasn’t very positive, took the next opportunity he could find to yell at me in class. And please, remember that I never ever got in trouble in high school, so the injustice of it all still rankles me.

Oh, and I had a run-in with our gym teacher. But I don’t really remember why. And I can’t remember the name of my social studies teacher, so both incidents can’t have been all that traumatic. I think.

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Writer’s Block: Go it alone

Do you think society puts too much pressure on people to be in relationships and/or have children? Do you think this ostracizes people who would be perfectly content to remain single and/or child-free? Is this pressure worse around the holidays?

I’ve written about this before, and I think it’s certainly so. But I think society puts the pressure on those that are not single by choice, but by circumstance. In the almost three years that I’ve been single, there have been large stretches of time that I couldn’t care less about the perfect picture presented by society. At the height of my anti-male rhetoric (ahem. Sorry about that, by the way) I was a very content single and thus was able to laugh about all the messages that came in through media and whatnot telling me I should be unhappy because I was alone. But later, when I began to feel I might want to be in a relationship again, those same messages made me lonely.

Case in point: first I was glad not to be with someone around the holidays, as it meant I didn’t have to go to all the in-law family functions and whatever. Later, I’d look at all the cozy people on TV, staring in each other’s eyes by the light of a Christmas tree, and secretly I’d want that too (even though I still laugh at those commercials because, please, they’re just ridiculous). I think I’ve struck a fair balance now: I’d like to be with someone, but I’m perfectly happy by myself. I think it’s a good place to be..

I think the pressure that’s on single people by choice is the pressure to always have to explain yourself and your decisions, and know that people are secretly thinking, “(s)he’s only saying (s)he’s happy alone because (s)he can’t find anyone”. But maybe I’m projecting that last bit, I have been known to do that on occasion 😉

Writer’s Block: Book review

What (if any) books would you ban from a high school library? Are there certain subjects that you feel are inappropriate for teenagers regardless of literary merit?

I am so unbelievably against censorship! Teach kids, enlighten them, don’t try to scare them by banning things. Besides, on a pragmatic note, making things into a forbidden fruit only makes them more desirable. And everything’s google-able anyway..

Writer’s Block: Just another manic Monday

Do you look forward to returning to work/school on Mondays or do you live for the weekend? What do you enjoy most about weekends? What do you dread most about school and/or work?

I like going to school, so I don’t mind when my weekend is over. Especially this year, when I’ve had so much to do there hasn’t been that much of a distinction anyway. What I enjoy most about weekends is usually my Sunday (at least those Sundays I don’t have to study). I’ll get up on time, go to church, talk to people there, then come home and relax. I’ll read a book, go running, maybe hang out with some friends. I like those days because they ground me and remind me that even though I love running around with friends and doing five million things each day, it’s also good to be still and just be me.

Writer’s Block: So funny I forgot to laugh

If a friend cracks a corny joke, do you force yourself to laugh politely? What about if it’s your boss or teacher? Do you get annoyed if someone else pretends to be amused?

I’ll laugh at a lot of things, even jokes I don’t get or don’t think are really funny. The only thing Irefuse to laugh about are racist or homophobic or otherwise discriminating jokes. I *will* call you out on that. There’s enough hatred in this world already without me contributing to it, either directly or indirectly.

*EDIT* I am writing a paper on a very serious academic subject right now, and that has kind of warped my writing skills. Hence the post on humor that is SO.VERY.SERIOUS. Sorry. I plan to be done with academic writing this time tomorrow. I’ll be back to the jokes before you know it.

Writer’s Block: Theme Dining

If you were to open your own theme restaurant, what would the theme be and how would you express it to the customers?

Being me, I’d have to say, something with books. I see it as a place where people that like books can come and eat. I’ll have a huge selection they can choose from and enjoy with their meal. I might even plan meals around books, or figure out which book goes with which meat or fish or vegetable. There will be a book list and a wine list. All the tables will be one person tables, and it will be a place where you’re expected to read while you eat, and no one will look at you strangely or pity you because they think they reason you’re eating alone is because you don’t have anyone to eat with.

So, does anyone want to bring in the capital and write a business plan for me? I think it could be a huge success!