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Homework giving opinions on alternatives to school

If you had the oppurtunity to share thoughts on alternatives to school in the form of answering a a couple of questions you would have gotoon as homework. Would you share your own thoughts? Or wouldn't you see the point in it?
11-27-2012 06:37 PM
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I am scared stiff of most of my teachers, so probably not. What annoys me on this subject is that this means that I only rant out at the best of teachers that I know won't murder me in return, while the worst ones go on thinking they are infallible. Either way, both kinds of teacher would end up being able to perfectly predict my responses.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
11-28-2012 06:27 AM
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I guess I am not going to say anything besided the homescholling option. Really I don't think it will make much of a difference. :(
11-28-2012 06:43 PM
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I would write a fucking novel and get pissed when they didn't read the whole thing.

The purpose of life is a life with a purpose
So I’d rather die for a cause than live a life that is worthless
I don’t need the circus or the day of national observance
I need you to think for you and stop being a servant
-Immortal Technique, The Martyr, The Martyr
12-01-2012 02:54 PM
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