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Breaking down again.
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Dirtbikemike Offline
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Breaking down again.

Since I've moved to my dad's permanently I've had to change school districts. New building, new people, new teachers.

Nope, didn't help.

As much as I like new people that haven't known me since 2-3 months ago (heck, I have a girlfriend already) the school aspect is still eroding my spirit away. I still get pissed off during the classes I hate and rant in my head. I'm still pulling my homework out of my backpack and wanting to punch a wall. My mom thought a new school could fix most of that. Yeah, right.

I need to find an escape. Soon, preferably now.

I don't feel like saying much more.

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(01-13-2012 10:37 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  Mike you deserve an SS medal. Here, be proud:
[Image: BallsofSteel2.png]
Congrats for doing something I never had the balls to do.
If you have kids, save them from the bullshit you are forced to go through.
(01-25-2012 05:36 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  Balls of steel re-awarded. 
(02-07-2012 03:22 PM)flann Wrote:  Balls of Tungsten, now.

I found a picture for tungsten balls
http://bit.ly/xqd1zk

(02-14-2012 03:17 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Your balls are denser than white dwarf star matter.
(03-13-2012 08:27 PM)M3116 Wrote:  Balls of steel re-re-reawarded Nutter

(05-14-2013 03:01 PM)Prince Darkstar Wrote:  Dirtbikemike is the only guy I know of on here who won an argument with a teacher.
10-08-2012 12:30 PM
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School doesn't last forever. Since you're in a new environment, there are more people that you might be capable of converting to your cause.

Get that hope for humanity meter out of the red and realize that school is only trying to get you to believe that there's no hope. There is always hope - school lessons are full of lies and indoctrination. Break through the illusion as best you can mentally, and you may feel that it's school that needs to escape from you.

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10-08-2012 12:33 PM
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RE: Breaking down again.

(10-08-2012 12:33 PM)DoA Wrote:  School doesn't last forever. Since you're in a new environment, there are more people that you might be capable of converting to your cause.

Get that hope for humanity meter out of the red and realize that school is only trying to get you to believe that there's no hope. There is always hope - school lessons are full of lies and indoctrination. Break through the illusion as best you can mentally, and you may feel that it's school that needs to escape from you.

I feel I've already done it. I've read both of J.T. Gatto's Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction two times through and could rant for hours about a single 45 minute period that triggered my anger. I just now need to physically escape.

As for the hope for humanity, the people here aren't as indoctrinated and are more willing to listen, but I don't feel there are enough of them.

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(01-13-2012 10:37 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  Mike you deserve an SS medal. Here, be proud:
[Image: BallsofSteel2.png]
Congrats for doing something I never had the balls to do.
If you have kids, save them from the bullshit you are forced to go through.
(01-25-2012 05:36 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  Balls of steel re-awarded. 
(02-07-2012 03:22 PM)flann Wrote:  Balls of Tungsten, now.

I found a picture for tungsten balls
http://bit.ly/xqd1zk

(02-14-2012 03:17 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Your balls are denser than white dwarf star matter.
(03-13-2012 08:27 PM)M3116 Wrote:  Balls of steel re-re-reawarded Nutter

(05-14-2013 03:01 PM)Prince Darkstar Wrote:  Dirtbikemike is the only guy I know of on here who won an argument with a teacher.
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How many do there need to be before you feel there are enough of them? Enough of them to do what?

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Having a physical environment change won't change the fact that you don't like school.
A school is a school is a school. Every single one you go to will have aspects that you don't like, or find irritating.
Or do you mean that you need a place that is away from school?

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10-09-2012 01:56 AM
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Why is your hope for humanity in the yellow? On topic your mom should know that just changing a school doesn't always help.

Congratulations humanity,because you refuse to let go of the old and evolve you actually make people believe in 2012. Not only that, but you're the only species on Earth that were able to make it possible, now we get to sit until we die because we couldn't get to Mars. We have failed as a society and don't deserve our gifts to survive for this long. Maybe this is why dinosaurs are extinct, we sure aren't any better than the dirt you say we're created from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...DvwSOFto#! Noo

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10-09-2012 06:32 AM
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^ It was in the red last I saw it. It's good that he has hope.

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10-09-2012 06:35 AM
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Well I guess that's just me and my theories of the Earth burning this century and having to move to Mars. Razz : P

Congratulations humanity,because you refuse to let go of the old and evolve you actually make people believe in 2012. Not only that, but you're the only species on Earth that were able to make it possible, now we get to sit until we die because we couldn't get to Mars. We have failed as a society and don't deserve our gifts to survive for this long. Maybe this is why dinosaurs are extinct, we sure aren't any better than the dirt you say we're created from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...DvwSOFto#! Noo

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10-09-2012 06:44 AM
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^ Erm...full colonization of planets without oxygenated atmospheres isn't feasible at this time. We'll have a few centuries to wait before we can mass-produce atmospheric gas.

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RE: Breaking down again.

(10-08-2012 10:25 PM)SoulRiser Wrote:  How many do there need to be before you feel there are enough of them? Enough of them to do what?

A lot more than 2 or 3. In my case, I would go for a full-scale uprising.

(10-09-2012 01:56 AM)PlagueMeister Wrote:  Having a physical environment change won't change the fact that you don't like school.
A school is a school is a school. Every single one you go to will have aspects that you don't like, or find irritating.
Or do you mean that you need a place that is away from school?

I need to find a place away from school. A place in a galaxy far, far away. (Eh, WaterHealer? Biggrin)

(10-09-2012 06:32 AM)WaterHealerOfBurns Wrote:  On topic your mom should know that just changing a school doesn't always help.

My parents are really great Americans. In fact, most of the people around me are that way. Always looking for a quick, simple fix to problems too large to have a fix that simple. It's that reason that she doesn't know it won't help.

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(01-13-2012 10:37 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  Mike you deserve an SS medal. Here, be proud:
[Image: BallsofSteel2.png]
Congrats for doing something I never had the balls to do.
If you have kids, save them from the bullshit you are forced to go through.
(01-25-2012 05:36 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  Balls of steel re-awarded. 
(02-07-2012 03:22 PM)flann Wrote:  Balls of Tungsten, now.

I found a picture for tungsten balls
http://bit.ly/xqd1zk

(02-14-2012 03:17 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Your balls are denser than white dwarf star matter.
(03-13-2012 08:27 PM)M3116 Wrote:  Balls of steel re-re-reawarded Nutter

(05-14-2013 03:01 PM)Prince Darkstar Wrote:  Dirtbikemike is the only guy I know of on here who won an argument with a teacher.
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