waking up and checking your tumblr like it’s the morning paper
you were really cute until that offensive joke spewed out of your mouth: a guide to how to not be my future lover by me.
HOW DO YOU START A RELATIONSHIP?
DO YOU WALK UP TO SOMEONE AND SAY I SHIP US?
HOW DO I FUNCTION IN SOCIETY
I WOULD IMMEDIATELY DATE SOMEONE IF THEY SAID ‘I SHIP US’
Sometimes, I wish I could ban my students from saying the word “gay” unless we’re specifically talking about homosexual people. Today one kid said that the ceiling was gay. Ceiling can’t be gay. Ceiling can’t even be straight. Ceiling is ceiling. Ceiling’s sexual preference is light bulb.
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
what a radical idea yo
Bam. Kids “misbehave” for actual, real, valid reasons. And have feelings.
For fuck’s sake, it takes the people in charge so long to figure shit like this out! Good for Lincoln High!
This needs to be the policy EVERYWHERE…
real women have curves, running all the way from their gills to their tail fins. real women have sharp teeth. real women are sharks.
I stopped reading at “real women”
you should have kept reading