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Sorry I haven't posted in a while guys, but there is a ton of trouble. First off, my parents don't even want me on this website because one, they think I am taking it too far, Two because they have stereotyped me, and three because they pretend to dislike school too, but I know they are really school-pro, and if not they won't support me in any way. So as much as it sucks, you probably won't see me post very often. Maybe for months. But I did stumble upon something useful. An idea. I just realized one of the easiest ways to perform a revolution, or at least a small one. Graffiti. Grab your sharpie pens. Markers. Anything. It is so easy. All it takes is putting a pen in your pocket, going to the restroom, and writing. They won't notice. You can even write a link to the SS forums and instructions if you'd like. Actually, that is not a bad idea. The only problem is the bathroom cleaners seeing the link, but since some of you have bathrooms that could pass as a dump, it should not be too hard. At least for my school. If bad smells were fatal, you would die due to the kids pissing everywhere and the sh*t stuck on the floor. But what I really need to talk about is the lies that school says. And how my family, friends, and everyone else believes in those lies. For instance, they tell us that their education system is the BEST in the world. B*tch please. What will you see when you walk into my school? You'll see kids laughing about sex jokes, bullies bossing kids around like punching bags, and extremely depressed children who think about suicide every day. They say that we have the best grades. I get okay grades and I do better than 90% of the school. I will continue this later, right now I need to finish homework and go straight to bed. Until next time, Survivalists. Let's hope I live!
10-15-2013 10:33 AM
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Graffiti isn't the answer. It is not right to vandalize a business (even one as ineffectively run as a school) simply because they have vandalized your mind.

Protest should be peaceful. Above all, lawful. Prove yourself a better person, even in the midst of a school's terrible pressures. After all, you will reap what you sow.

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Roboka, can you post updates somewhere else, like a Blogger blog, on G+, or something like that? Is it this site in particular, or the Internet that's the problem?

I second DoA's objection to doing graffiti. There are better ways to promote the site, and related conversations. If we're seen the problem, it'll be even harder to be heard. II've been talking to a number of teachers and academics go understand our perspectives, and want to help change things for the better.

Changing things doesn't have to be a subversive act.... it's an open discussion that a lot of people are taking part in these days. If you want to promote discussion, check out Ken Robinson's several talks, and share them with your parents and people in your school. Have you seen them, and various other videos I've posted?

I'm hoping that some of us can actually set something up where we talk with parents and teachers and invite them to have a discussion about doing learning and teaching better. A lot of teachers are looking to do their jobs better, and now they often have more tools and ideas than ever to do so.

Just try to be respectful, it can go a long way, even if you don't feel respected. Look for opportunities to learn why others think and feel the way they do, and educate yourself and others to the extent you can.

I hope it all goes well, and let us know how things are going when you can.

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Graffiti in NYC is considered an art form.

But posters are less troublesome and less likely to annoy to point of anger. Plus it seems more official that way.

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Sticking up posters would be less 'harmful' than graffiti.

But if the wall's already covered in scribbles, what's one more?

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We have people who vandalize the school bathrooms and rip the toilets out of the wall, then complain our school is poor, oh well no shit! its your freken fault, ill admit ive done some bad things before, but i aint done dirt now,

my parents dont want me on here either,they say were all wackadoos, and they think that, i think its kids vs adults, because i read the book "The war on kids" http://www.thewaronkids.com/student.pdf

but yea basically yea

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10-17-2013 09:16 PM
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If you're really looking to vandalize the school bathrooms: just don't get caught. I really couldn't care less if the school gets vandalized or not. Might as well spread the message in any way you can!

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RE: School of Lies

I highly suggest NOT to damage or vandalize anything. Initiate conversations... print out flyers and hand them out... there are lots of ways to make a more credible impression.

If parents/teachers/administrators come to see this site as a source of disrespect and problems, they're far less likely to listen. Maybe they don't already... but I think there are better strategies for change.

Start by identifying underlying goals, and let's spend more time brainstorming solutions...

It's sad when people are banned from using this site... when it could be a positive source of support for people, and even ideas on how people can teach better.

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In hindsight, it really does seem like a bad idea to promote this site via graffiti. You could also get arrested and expelled as well. You're better off just printing flyers. The worst they'd do would be a suspension.

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