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To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

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  Thread: SAT Scores, and theCancer continues to be wrong
Post: SAT Scores, and theCancer continues to be wrong

I understand that bro I think I posted something about standardized tests or some kind of assessment that ticked you off I honestly think you're dead on I also think you wrote some stuff that I s...
TheCancer School Talk 17 6,804 06-20-2017, 01:39 PM
  Thread: SAT Scores, and theCancer continues to be wrong
Post: SAT Scores, and theCancer continues to be wrong

19??? I take it you weren't on scholarship!
TheCancer School Talk 17 6,804 06-20-2017, 08:13 AM
  Thread: SAT Scores, and theCancer continues to be wrong
Post: RE: SAT Scores, and theCancer continues to be wron...

lol @ this thread title I think I get your point. I'm not going to bother getting all analytical about it. Of course, there are many things I could've done better. To my credit, sometimes I did a go...
TheCancer School Talk 17 6,804 06-20-2017, 05:58 AM
  Thread: introduction
Post: RE: introduction

Quote:I have the knowledge and wisdom that can plant the seeds to eventually bring that about. Does it involve a van full of little kids in the Mohave Desert?
TheCancer Welcome! 9 2,771 06-05-2017, 02:45 AM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

I'm not an authority.
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 06-04-2017, 06:50 AM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

Are you familiar with Charles Murray?
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 06-03-2017, 03:19 PM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

It's not a red herring to a teacher who has seen more students go to prison than college.
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 06-03-2017, 02:16 PM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

(06-03-2017 07:28 AM)the Analogist Wrote:  when digesting, dont lose the forest for the trees. but speaking of that tree, he could be smart enough if you put him with a good mentor and helped h...
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 06-03-2017, 08:29 AM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential

Thanks A That's a lot to digest. Quote:your lazy student would get the same treatment as the criminal There's lots that you wrote I could decide to tackle but let's look here. Students tend to ex...
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 06-02-2017, 10:03 PM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

Usually, I leave it alone. Now, if I know that a kid has a high IQ but reads or does math poorly I will have a chat with her or him. I never phrase anything like there's anything wrong with choosing...
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 06-01-2017, 03:37 AM
  Thread: Helping theCancer plan his lessons
Post: Helping theCancer plan his lessons

Thanks. Thanks for taking the time to do that. I don't completely dismiss Gatto. I just have some criticism.
TheCancer School Talk 1 2,066 05-31-2017, 11:17 PM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

I don't remember the IQ test thread. I do consider IQ to be a legitimate indicator of aptitude. To some that may be offensive. The book, The Bell Curve, still generates controversy. I think his book h...
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 05-31-2017, 11:09 PM
  Thread: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potential
Post: RE: why theCancer should STFU about wasted potenti...

When was I talking about "wasted potential"? And are you mad at me? I know you're smart so it's probably me but I'm not quite getting where you're coming from.
TheCancer Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 17 3,989 05-31-2017, 08:37 AM
  Thread: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020
Post: RE: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020

Forget it. I'm on summer leave anyway.
TheCancer School Talk 14 9,097 05-31-2017, 06:20 AM
  Thread: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020
Post: RE: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020

behavior unit and social studies history and civics plus special education and reading remediation grades 6-8 I have multiple certifications. I'm not sure what I'll do next year if I come back. ...
TheCancer School Talk 14 9,097 05-31-2017, 02:58 AM
  Thread: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020
Post: RE: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020

The belief that poverty is a choice will get drilled out of you unless you're very lucky.
TheCancer School Talk 14 9,097 05-30-2017, 09:06 PM
  Thread: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020
Post: RE: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020

I respect, understand, and agree with what you're saying...BUT, I don't think you're more aware of my limitations than I am. Is your only advice don't teach or do you have suggestions about how I shou...
TheCancer School Talk 14 9,097 05-30-2017, 02:53 PM
  Thread: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020
Post: RE: Fuck Edgenuity/E2020

Quote:the questions are designed to trick you and not to test your understanding, Yes. And then when you miss one question it's programmed to put you through about 20 minutes of review. I was talk...
TheCancer School Talk 14 9,097 05-29-2017, 07:39 PM
  Thread: School's Link to Fascism
Post: RE: School's Link to Fascism

If you take out the starvation, freezing to death in your sleep, forced labor in sub-zero conditions with inadequate clothing, rape, torture, isolation... then yeah.
TheCancer School Talk 4 2,367 05-27-2017, 05:18 PM
  Thread: I quit teaching
Post: I quit teaching

I've been unhappy for a long time. I'm going to work on that this summer.
TheCancer School Talk 20 8,111 05-26-2017, 07:54 PM
  Thread: Teacher roughly disciplined student on school bus, source says
Post: RE: Teacher roughly disciplined student on school ...

Quote:Castrovinci said April 18 that Dufour was earning $65,000 a year. He has been with the school district for more than 10 years. Wow. That's almost twice what I make.
TheCancer News 2 1,609 05-15-2017, 01:28 PM
  Thread: School release video of boy who police say was bullied and later killed himself
Post: RE: School release video of boy who police say was...

(05-14-2017 09:40 AM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  To be honest this is sort of a good argument against compulsory education; a lot of kids are headed into an environment where things are most likely to get...
TheCancer News 7 2,277 05-14-2017, 10:09 AM
  Thread: School release video of boy who police say was bullied and later killed himself
Post: RE: School release video of boy who police say was...

I honestly think it's almost impossible to find people with the required education, ability to pass the certification exams, familiarity with the issues of these schools, and a willingness to accept t...
TheCancer News 7 2,277 05-14-2017, 09:36 AM
  Thread: School release video of boy who police say was bullied and later killed himself
Post: RE: School release video of boy who police say was...

It looks to me like the only white people are staff. What's the point of this observation? Maybe white people cannot effectively manage black schools.
TheCancer News 7 2,277 05-14-2017, 07:32 AM
  Thread: "Respect your elders"
Post: RE: "Respect your elders"

(05-08-2017 03:24 AM)Depression101 Wrote:  That maybe so, but I'd hate it if mine did. A lot of my philosophy is based on The Stranger by Albert Camus. Great book -- read it if you have the time...
TheCancer Youth Rights 23 5,514 05-08-2017, 06:34 AM
  Thread: School meddling in internet use hits a new low
Post: RE: School meddling in internet use hits a new low

Schools are in an incredible panic mode.
TheCancer School Talk 3 1,234 05-08-2017, 12:54 AM
  Thread: [Michigan] Students hold peaceful sit-in at metro Detroit high school
Post: RE: [Michigan] Students hold peaceful sit-in at me...

I'd love it if my students sat in the hallway and refused to talk. I could roll with that all year.
TheCancer News 3 1,152 05-07-2017, 07:24 PM
  Thread: SpED teacher under investiagtion for deragtory comments towards students
Post: RE: SpED teacher under investiagtion for deragtory...

Anyone sensitive enough to cry about it wouldn't last a week at her job.
TheCancer News 8 2,412 05-07-2017, 07:20 PM
  Thread: "Respect your elders"
Post: RE: "Respect your elders"

I don't have to feel like I have to have something to learn from someone to respect them. I also respect youth as well agedness but sometimes for different reasons. I think life is hard for everybody....
TheCancer Youth Rights 23 5,514 05-07-2017, 12:16 PM
  Thread: SpED teacher under investiagtion for deragtory comments towards students
Post: RE: SpED teacher under investiagtion for deragtory...

You really think it's a big deal she bitches about her students? Teachers bash students constantly.
TheCancer News 8 2,412 05-07-2017, 12:05 PM
  Thread: [Michigan] Students hold peaceful sit-in at metro Detroit high school
Post: RE: [Michigan] Students hold peaceful sit-in at me...

Touching. I bet that "leadership" class really is a winner.
TheCancer News 3 1,152 05-07-2017, 11:43 AM
  Thread: SpED teacher under investiagtion for deragtory comments towards students
Post: RE: SpED teacher under investiagtion for deragtory...

that's the biggest non-story I've ever seen that's ridiculous public shaming Like they're not satanic little monsters. That's actually refreshing compared to all the I love kids crap you usually he...
TheCancer News 8 2,412 05-07-2017, 11:31 AM
  Thread: Photo of Czech girl Scout standing up to skinhead goes viral
Post: RE: Photo of Czech girl Scout standing up to skinh...

It doesn't appear that she's being threatened.
TheCancer News 20 5,009 05-05-2017, 05:47 PM
  Thread: "Respect your elders"
Post: RE: "Respect your elders"

One thing about being human is that you know at best every other human shares the agony of the awareness that we are all biological entities, aging with certainty, suffering pain and sorrow and encroa...
TheCancer Youth Rights 23 5,514 05-05-2017, 02:11 PM
  Thread: "Respect your elders"
Post: RE: "Respect your elders"

I generally respect those who have lived a long time because I know how hard it is to make it.
TheCancer Youth Rights 23 5,514 05-05-2017, 08:24 AM
  Thread: A professor who knows school is dumb?
Post: A professor who knows school is dumb?

Fraud was probably too strong a word. I'm getting to where I distrust everyone.
TheCancer School Talk 32 7,925 05-01-2017, 01:54 PM
  Thread: Donald Trump slams 'archaic' US constitution that is 'really bad' for the country
Post: Donald Trump slams 'archaic' US constitution that ...

Yeah I listened to that interview via podcast this morning. It's also kind of creepy how he says somewhat out of context, "I am so tired." I'm sure defending the indefensible IS exhausting. I wouldn...
TheCancer News 11 2,614 05-01-2017, 12:11 PM
  Thread: Donald Trump slams 'archaic' US constitution that is 'really bad' for the country
Post: RE: Donald Trump slams 'archaic' US constitution t...

He continues to shock. It's astonishing.
TheCancer News 11 2,614 05-01-2017, 10:34 AM
  Thread: A professor who knows school is dumb?
Post: RE: A professor who knows school is dumb?

Quote:he mentioned he loved driving drunk Was he attempting stand up?
TheCancer School Talk 32 7,925 05-01-2017, 05:32 AM
  Thread: Turkey blocks Wikipedia for no reason
Post: RE: Turkey blocks Wikipedia for no reason

I bet it has to do with that new movie about Armenians
TheCancer News 6 1,424 04-30-2017, 06:01 AM
  Thread: A professor who knows school is dumb?
Post: RE: A professor who knows school is dumb?

You're saying Chomsky and Gatto have a lot of common ground?
TheCancer School Talk 32 7,925 04-30-2017, 01:51 AM
  Thread: IEPs Suck
Post: RE: IEPs Suck

It's very frustrating because I see am surrounded by uncaring incompetent people with IQs at least ten points lower than mine and don't know their content but I'm still getting drummed out. That proba...
TheCancer School Talk 17 8,897 04-29-2017, 09:56 PM
  Thread: A professor who knows school is dumb?
Post: RE: A professor who knows school is dumb?

(04-29-2017 01:08 PM)the Analogist Wrote:  i always wanted to follow all the tracks of Gatto's research and see how much of it he made up. i have reason to believe some of it is made up That se...
TheCancer School Talk 32 7,925 04-29-2017, 02:22 PM
  Thread: Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life
Post: RE: Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then take...

I watched that poor old black guy get shot but I wish I hadn't. I'm not watching this one. Back in the day we called that changing the channel.
TheCancer News 8 1,857 04-27-2017, 12:20 AM
  Thread: IEPs Suck
Post: IEPs Suck

I don't think I've ever made a student feel bad about having an IEP. It's supposed to make your life a little easier. Your teachers or advocates must have been condescending instead of helpful.
TheCancer School Talk 17 8,897 04-26-2017, 09:37 AM
  Thread: Trump brags that he got 'higher ratings than 9/11' in interview about first 100 days
Post: Trump brags that he got 'higher ratings than 9/11'...

It's not like we have a bad president. It's like we searched the entire nation for the very worst person possible to be president. He's the most repulsive person on earth.
TheCancer News 3 713 04-25-2017, 12:03 PM
  Thread: More American Airlines bullshit
Post: RE: More American Airlines bullshit

https://youtu.be/6aeH4vB37l0 I never get tired of this one.
TheCancer News 6 1,496 04-23-2017, 12:46 PM
  Thread: A professor who knows school is dumb?
Post: RE: A professor who knows school is dumb?

Also if you can't research you're not really using the time to learn anything that might be marketable. I'm thinking of going back to college but I'm not doing that TA/ internship garbage. If I go bac...
TheCancer School Talk 32 7,925 04-23-2017, 11:20 AM
  Thread: More American Airlines bullshit
Post: RE: More American Airlines bullshit

There's shit I've done in the classroom where if you just saw a snippet you would think I represented everything you hate. Other times I would appear like the coolest greatest teacher.
TheCancer News 6 1,496 04-23-2017, 09:35 AM
  Thread: More American Airlines bullshit
Post: RE: More American Airlines bullshit

The scariest thing about all these videos is when people start talking about how it's going to be posted and someome will be publicly shamed. I'm becoming less and less concerned with the content and ...
TheCancer News 6 1,496 04-23-2017, 08:43 AM

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