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I was supposed to give a presentation today, but since today is "day of silence" at my school, and I'm participating, I wrote the teacher a note and told him I couldn't do it today.

He told me either I would do the presentation today or I would get a 0. I chose not to do it, but I'm kind of pissed off about the situation.

"This is a place for learning, not social activism."

Fuck you.
04-12-2014 12:36 AM
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implying giving the presentation is "learning"

ugh

anyway, care to give us more details on this "day of silence"?
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It's to bring awareness to students who are part of the LGBT community who have been bullied.
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RE: F for doing day of silence

This is a place for learning AND social activism.

Good for you. 0 my ass. At least I don't have school today.

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I didn't participate in the Day of Silence - that's activism of a different kind (and not hate-based, in case you were wondering) - but I support those who do, and believe that teacher (whether he knows it or not) is a symbol of hatred and spite. This movement was greatly supported in my school, but it's possible that at least one of the teachers there would have done the same thing...

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I never knew it was the Day of Silence today. Maybe I can participate next year.

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RE: F for doing day of silence

People were wearing day of silence shirts at my school, but nobody seemed any quieter.
I wonder what that means...

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.
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Damn I would have participated today

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Im a generally silent person anyway...

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This seems like an appropriate time to share this story.

To preface, at my school there are two "teams", blue and white. people get sorted into them and there are different teachers but that's all.
I'm on blue team (have been every single year here, except for my one day in white; but that's another story) but some of my friends are on white. In the white team, there is an openly very conservative civics teacher. They did a mock Congress and he shot down every single gay marriage bill, but not for valid reasons. The kids then had the brilliant idea to impeach him (the teacher acts as the president). The civics teacher in blue team got the speakers for the house from every period to form a senate for the impeaching process, but he stepped down before it happened. The students then voted one of the students in as the president.

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I want to go to that school...sounds awesome

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