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Writer's Block: Back to School

What fictional high school—from tv, film, or a book—would you most like to attend? Or would you rather never go near high school again, fictional or otherwise?

The question is so very germane to my life at this moment. My experience at an eastern Prep School was so disturbing that I have been moved to start a school of my own.

Academic excellence is one thing, but when it is focused on to the exclusion of all else, the social and moral climate of the students, especially in a boarding-school environment - can become abysmal.

More than ever, school is a trial for many, many students. Overcrowding, underfunding, poorly-qualified teachers and the "No Child Left Behind" initiative are creating educational environments where teachers and administrators have no time to tend to the social development of their charges. Classrooms and hallways are rife with abuse, and many children fear for their safety or end up enduring years of abuse at the hands of bullies and cliques.

I dream of a school where children can learn in an atmosphere of absolute safety and impeccable excellence. Where they are taught from the day they enter the campus, that each member of their class has unsurpassable value and the potential to become great. Where teachers are hired to function as counsellors and facilitators as well as academicians. And where students who graduate will be ready, prepared and willing to build a world that works for everyone, with nobody left out.

Explore the vision at http://www.academyofgreatness.com

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Jan. 15th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
How about Sky High? =^.^=
Jan. 15th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
Hehe. That was a cute premise.
Jan. 17th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
You mean you haven't seen that one yet?

It's actually a very good movie, a little cheesy in some spots, but it's very well done and very enjoyable.
(it has Kurt Russell in it so it has to be a good movie, right? ^.~ )
Jan. 15th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
If it didn't have to be high school, but school in general, I'd be interested in returning to the campus I'm currently learning at to become a lecturer in the Computing Science department.

This stems from my first year of C.S. courses, in which I helped most of the rest of the class understand just what they were actually supposed to do.
(first-year C.S. courses that are mandatory for all departments are not the place to find intelligent students)

I suppose I should try to be a teaching assistant in several courses before actually applying for my Master's degree...
Jan. 15th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
You rock. Good teachers are so needed...
Jan. 17th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
It looks like I may not have to wait until after my Master's or PhD to affect how students get taught.

I spoke with some of my old instructors from my first couple of years just recently and was given a couple of really good ideas for a research topic which could affect how first-year Computing Science students get taught how to write programs.
(what with the first-year CS courses being required breadth-courses for nearly all departments, including English and art, those first few courses are extremely important for getting the basics down)
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
How many movies with high schools have I even seen? Dead Poets Society; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Clueless; Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure; Back to the Future; The Breakfast Club; Rushmore; Donnie Darko... Several people have said Hogwarts, but that's friggin' dangerous. I'd put the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning in the same category.

The only TV shows with high schools I saw much of were "Welcome, Freshmen" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Both have nasty principals. And from what I hear, academic achievers didn't have it so nice on "Saved by the Bell."

Among books, not much I've read besides The Catcher in the Rye. And, again, the Harry Potter series.

Forget it. If I ever visit a high school in real life again, it will be as a parent.
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Dotheboys Hall. (Wackford Squeers)
St Michaels (Will Hay, Headmaster)
Narkover (Smart Allick)
Chislebury (Prof. Jimmy Edwards)
All schools of repute.
One could recal the establishment fun by Miss Millicent Fritton but I couldn't go there....


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