No. - Blog: Confessions of a Community College Dean Mark Chelgren, a Republican state senator in Iowa, has proposed a bill that would force public colleges and ...
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by CYNTHIA on JUNE 24, 2011
Greetings all students. Are you dreadfully bored with school? When your teacher lectures and blabbers about God knows what, what do you do? Do you sleep the period away or space out? Or do you pretend to listen, pretend to take serious notes and learn to play the game?
I have been reading “The Zombie Survival Guide” and I enjoy imagining the teachers as zombies attempting to infect our innocent minds. I daydream about the movie “Shaun of the Dead” and I recall a hilarious scene where Shaun wrestles an old zombie in a bar while his girlfriend tries to help him by chucking darts at the zombie, but she misses and hits Shaun square in the head! I sometimes feel that schools have become test taking prisons and are making mindless zombies out of us. What we needis to be hit in the head with darts to wake up. That’s what I want to do with this blog.
If schools have become prison-factories, then principals have become
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