Weekly WrapUp: High School

Edit­ed to add the bonus ques­tion, which I missed ear­li­er. Thank you, zen2475!

1. Did you like high school? Why or why not?
Not real­ly. It was bet­ter than mid­dle school, but it was bor­ing and shallow.

2. Did you ever con­sid­er your­self a mem­ber of “The Break­fast Club”? Why or why not? Which “role” did you fit into? (Feel free to define a new role.)
The movie post­dates my high school days 😉 I was­n’t in any of the roles from the movie in any way that I real­ly rec­og­nize. I was a brain—but I was also in cho­rus and band and dra­ma and oth­er­wise involved in a lot of stuff. I con­sid­ered the chess club guys “brains” in that sense (I was just on the math and debate teams, okay?) I got along rel­a­tive­ly well with a lot of dif­fer­ent kinds of people.

3. A 16-year old Cana­di­an girl is going to jail for a year because a boy she bul­lied even­tu­al­ly killed him­self. Do you agree or dis­agree with this deci­sion? Why or why not?
I don’t know the sto­ry, so I can’t hon­est­ly give an opin­ion. I do think that bul­ly­ing should be tak­en very seriously.

4. Did you ever encounter a bul­ly in high school? What hap­pened? How did you deal with it? (Alter­na­tive­ly, if you were a bul­ly, why did you make that choice?)
Not in high school, no. I did encounter them in mid­dle school. I broke a bul­ly’s nose with my flute case with­in the first week of get­ting my flute in 6th grade and nobody real­ly has­sled me phys­i­cal­ly after that.

5. What’s your sug­ges­tion to end the social dif­fer­ences in high school teens? Is there a quick-fix solu­tion? Can any­one join “The Break­fast Club” or is that even exclu­sive? Why or why not?
High school is bull­shit. The whole idea of the teen years the way mod­ern Amer­i­can soci­ety does it is non­sense. It isn’t good for soci­ety or the teens involved. I’d toss pub­lic edu­ca­tion and turn to home­school­ing and some­thing sim­i­lar to the appren­tice­ship system.

Bonus Question—What year did you grad­u­ate from high school? What was your class song?
I grad­u­at­ed from Berk­mar High School in 1984. I think the class song was “We Will Nev­er Pass This Way Again” but that might have been from the year before (I was in the cho­rus and we per­formed at sev­er­al grad­u­a­tions over the years). I seem to recall some­one singing a con­tem­po­rary Chris­t­ian song that was pop­u­lar at the time, some­thing about friends, too.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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