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Finals "Pledge"
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Finals "Pledge"

Today in school we had the option of taking a finals 'pledge' to do our best. I half ass it and get the highest score. Nor do I care about the WESTEST, so I obviously refused. The pledgers names were written on a whiteboard by the pledger. Not only did the teacher refuse to let me talk about my reasoning to refuse to pledge to my friends, she also put on what I jokingly refer to as "pro-AR propaganda" as "encouragement".

Well, the only reason you are 'encouraged' to read is because if you don't you are threatened with suspension.

Then she shamed the non pledgers in front of the class by saying if you didn't pledge, SHAME ON YOU. That is a clear attempt to embarrass them into pledging. Bullshit.

"Thou shalt not be an asshole"
-The one commandment of atheism.

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"If you call xcriteria a shithead, he will write a ten page essay on why he is not a shithead, link you to a tedtalk on bullying and the tvtropes page on insults. After reading and watching all that you would evaluate your life and decide to never call anyone a shithead ever again."
04-23-2014 06:50 AM
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Yes. Wonderful logic. It's like those pregnant teens who pledged not to have sex before marriage. Wonder where dem baby daddies are?

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(06-14-2013 08:02 AM)Potato Wrote:  watch the fuq out, we've got an "intellectual" over here.

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Um that might be a violation of the teacher code of conduct in your state....look it up and possibly submit a report.

Pretty Much my only signature...I'm mainly a lurker....you can find me on the IRC (or on DnE and their IRC).

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04-23-2014 08:27 AM
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RE: Finals "Pledge"

Pledge to fail.

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RE: Finals "Pledge"

Here is the 'pro-AR propaganda' video that my teachers air during Finals pledging.
Day 2) Practically everyone signed it but me.


Watch on YouTube

"Thou shalt not be an asshole"
-The one commandment of atheism.

SubCulture said
"If you call xcriteria a shithead, he will write a ten page essay on why he is not a shithead, link you to a tedtalk on bullying and the tvtropes page on insults. After reading and watching all that you would evaluate your life and decide to never call anyone a shithead ever again."
04-24-2014 07:22 AM
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So corny I haven't seen that much corn across the continental US.

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