I only intend a brief post today as I am very busy, but being in the middle of finishing up a final essay for my English class, some questions and grumbling come to mind. Here seems like a good place to put them. Maybe I'll include a quick rant about school in general too while I'm at at it.
First, English. All the english teachers I have ever had insist that certain things are not *ever* to be done in writing. One of the first I have prominently done already in this post to defy them. They say that when you write you should have absolutely *no* fragments upon penalty of your grade's death and the passive voice is to be avoided for sanity's sake (as though that would stop me). And *never* (never say never, Ms. B) start a sentence with a conjunction. Now I wouldn't have a problem if they said to make sure these don't occur often in you writings, but their "never evers" get on my nerves. In any of the great authors' works or even in those of green writers, you can find all the "problems" I listed. They add to written art as long as they are used only infrequently. So just why is it that I shouldn't model myself after theleterary masters? Why can two passives, just one sentence starting with a conjunction, and one fragment to emphasize an object or idea bring an otherwise great paper to its knees as merely mediocre?
While you ponder my English question, I'm moving on to my second and last rant for now. Public school loves to make claims right and left about how it is preparing us young folk for "the real world", but it seems to me that it universally enforces policies that do anything but prepare you for the way you are to work at your job for the rest of your life. "Cheating" is where I lay my the majority of these complaints. Students who work together on projects, share answers, etc. are punished by the school that is so kindly preparing them for "the real world". I don't "cheat", but I'd still like to know how this makes sense. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you encouraged in the work force to work together? At your typical job, aren't you supposed to work together with the others in your "class"? I've read things that seem to indicate that one of the things people get fired for most often is not working together. So tell me again, just how is school preparing us for our lifetime occupations and "the real world"?
That's all for now. I'm hoping to get a lot of comments from this post. Until next time, curate vobis. (Take care of yourselves.)