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(Washington Times)   If you want to give your students a writing assignment, almost anything would be better than having them write a suicide note, including how and why you're killing yourself   (washingtontimes.com) divider line 81
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2013-06-13 08:40:28 PM
This is the sort of writing assignment that only a childless teacher would assign. There are many fantastic teachers that dont have kids of their own but occasionally they will do something boneheaded like this and be surprised at the reaction.
 
2013-06-13 08:40:43 PM
Yeah, that isn't a great idea, but not worthy of GOP Butthurtism over it.

Seriously, do the wingnuts need outrage just to exist any more??
 
2013-06-13 09:03:12 PM

bronyaur1: Yeah, that isn't a great idea, but not worthy of GOP Butthurtism over it.

Seriously, do the wingnuts need outrage just to exist any more??


Uh, it's not a political link and we're not in the Politics tab. Makes me wonder if the butthurt is coming from you.
 
2013-06-13 09:19:09 PM
Is this better or worse than making the kids watch "Saw" in math class?


Sensei Can You See: bronyaur1: Yeah, that isn't a great idea, but not worthy of GOP Butthurtism over it.

Seriously, do the wingnuts need outrage just to exist any more??

Uh, it's not a political link and we're not in the Politics tab. Makes me wonder if the butthurt is coming from you.


It's the Moonie Times. I'm kinda shocked they didn't manage to shoehorn a political element into the story.
 
2013-06-13 09:21:01 PM

Sensei Can You See: bronyaur1: Yeah, that isn't a great idea, but not worthy of GOP Butthurtism over it.

Seriously, do the wingnuts need outrage just to exist any more??

Uh, it's not a political link and we're not in the Politics tab. Makes me wonder if the butthurt is coming from you.


Yeah, this is an example of getting your teaching credentials from a number you found on a matchbook cover the night you did the dirty with a midget that looked like John McCains prostate.

\\Why, yes I have been drinking.  Why do you ask?
 
2013-06-13 09:32:41 PM

fusillade762: Is this better or worse than making the kids watch "Saw" in math class?


Sensei Can You See: bronyaur1: Yeah, that isn't a great idea, but not worthy of GOP Butthurtism over it.

Seriously, do the wingnuts need outrage just to exist any more??

Uh, it's not a political link and we're not in the Politics tab. Makes me wonder if the butthurt is coming from you.

It's the Moonie Times. I'm kinda shocked they didn't manage to shoehorn a political element into the story.


Does this make you feel better?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/york-prep-suicide-notes-ass ig nment_n_3429956.html?ir=New+York
 
2013-06-13 09:48:26 PM
It's actually a good writing assignment for some classes.

Like most things in life, timing is key. I'm guessing this wasn't a creative writing 201 university class.
 
2013-06-13 10:13:18 PM

doglover: Like most things in life, timing is key. I'm guessing this wasn't a creative writing 201 university class.


Even just context. "Hey, here's a workbook. Note how it says, quite clearly on the front, 'THIS IS NOT A REAL SUICIDE NOTE, THIS IS FOR A CLASS PROJECT. LOOK, IT WAS SIGNED BY MY TEACHER.'"
 
2013-06-13 10:39:01 PM
As a college level exercise, sure, I guess that can get your thinking and trying to express your deep personal thoughts in a concrete manner.  However, as a high school assignment, I just don't think this is a good idea.  High school can be tough enough for some students without forcing them to confront sucide and write about it in a personal terms. At the end of the assignment you don't want the bullied, or friendless, or other marginalized individuals  potentially rationalizing sucide as a valid choice once they have written it out. I don't think it was done with bad intentions, but certainly all the consequences of such an assignment probably were not contemplated.
 
2013-06-13 10:40:49 PM
Great way to smoke out the crazies who are plotting mass shootings.
 
2013-06-13 10:42:34 PM
If I was to off myself cocaine and viagra overdose while banging 2 or more whores.
 
2013-06-13 10:43:50 PM
"The homework at York Prep in the Upper West Side required students to write goodbye notes from the perspective of a character who kills herself in the best-selling book"

*yawn*
 
2013-06-13 10:46:43 PM
Students of the Upper West Side private facility, some as young as age 14, were required to write the goodbye letter as an offshoot lesson plan from the best-selling book and movie, "The Secret Life of Bees," The New York Post reported. The main character in that book killed herself. 

The Washington Times spoiled the book I was reading. Goodbye cruel world!
 
2013-06-13 10:50:15 PM

Oldiron_79: If I was to off myself cocaine and viagra overdose while banging 2 or more whores.


Terse, efficient and conveys your deepest thoughts effectively. You get an A-minus for your suicide note, Oldiron_79.
 
2013-06-13 10:52:04 PM
We pay a lot of money to send our kids to the school.

How much is tea in China these days?
 
2013-06-13 10:52:32 PM
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2013-06-13 10:52:46 PM
Seems like a great idea.  Find out what bothers the kids the most and read the letters for anyone standing out if you know what to look for.  Could be therapeutic too to put down the things that are bothering you to paper.
 
2013-06-13 10:52:58 PM
Sometimes you got to give them that little nudge, you know?
Hint hint, wink wink, know what I mean?
 
2013-06-13 10:54:48 PM
Big deal.  We had to write an essay about what it would be like to stone our own Mother to death after reading The Lottery.  It didn't affect me any

/eye twitch
 
2013-06-13 10:56:31 PM
OMFG, if I was a parent I would totally freak out.  He or She needs help stat. (the teacher)
 
2013-06-13 10:57:57 PM
Well, I for one would prefer my child's suicide note to have a bit more depth to it than a drunken tweet.
 
2013-06-13 11:00:16 PM
If I were to kill myself I belive I would first climb to the top of a tall building and perch on the ledge. I would then get drunk. Then swallow some sleeping pills. Then I would cut my wrists from wrist to forearm. Then I would shoot myself in the head pushing my body off the top of the building to the concrete bellow.

I mean you want to get it right the first time. Nothing worse then coming to and finding out you even farked up suicide.
 
2013-06-13 11:00:41 PM

Daedalus27: As a college level exercise, sure, I guess that can get your thinking and trying to express your deep personal thoughts in a concrete manner.  However, as a high school assignment, I just don't think this is a good idea.  High school can be tough enough for some students without forcing them to confront sucide and write about it in a personal terms. At the end of the assignment you don't want the bullied, or friendless, or other marginalized individuals  potentially rationalizing sucide as a valid choice once they have written it out. I don't think it was done with bad intentions, but certainly all the consequences of such an assignment probably were not contemplated.


This is one of NYC's elite private high schools.  It's supposed to weed out the weak and defective so they don't waste space in the Ivy League or Wall Street.
 
2013-06-13 11:00:56 PM

Torrent of Rubbish: Oldiron_79: If I was to off myself cocaine and viagra overdose while banging 2 or more whores.

Terse, efficient and conveys your deepest thoughts effectively. You get an A-minus for your suicide note, Oldiron_79.


Well if this plan is an A minus plan what is the A plus plan?
 
2013-06-13 11:03:41 PM
I am shocked that a school has students write stuff.

How will they pass the standardized tests?
 
2013-06-13 11:06:05 PM
A teacher in high school gave us the writing assignment: How Do You Want To Be Remembered?  I answered "They found Great Janitor's bullet ridden body on his throne of skulls.  He was thwarted by the heroes in his attempt to conquer the world.  The U.N. is currently unsure of how to deal with the hundreds of Great Janitor clones murdering their way across the U.S.A."

Turns out the entire assignment was How Do You Want to Be Remembered by Your Graduating Class?"  I said the answer is still the same.
 
2013-06-13 11:09:34 PM

Oldiron_79: Torrent of Rubbish: Oldiron_79: If I was to off myself cocaine and viagra overdose while banging 2 or more whores.

Terse, efficient and conveys your deepest thoughts effectively. You get an A-minus for your suicide note, Oldiron_79.

Well if this plan is an A minus plan what is the A plus plan?


Herbal supplements. You don't want to support big pharma when offing yourself.
 
2013-06-13 11:11:10 PM

Great Janitor: A teacher in high school gave us the writing assignment: How Do You Want To Be Remembered?  I answered "They found Great Janitor's bullet ridden body on his throne of skulls.  He was thwarted by the heroes in his attempt to conquer the world.  The U.N. is currently unsure of how to deal with the hundreds of Great Janitor clones murdering their way across the U.S.A."

Turns out the entire assignment was How Do You Want to Be Remembered by Your Graduating Class?"  I said the answer is still the same.


LOL
 
2013-06-13 11:12:56 PM

Oldiron_79: Well if this plan is an A minus plan what is the A plus plan?


... follow through
 
2013-06-13 11:14:13 PM
Not so fast. Nothing is sadder than a poorly written suicide note.
 
2013-06-13 11:15:18 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: "The homework at York Prep in the Upper West Side required students to write goodbye notes from the perspective of a character who kills herself in the best-selling book"

*yawn*


Yeah - I had a feeling there was more to it than the headline suggested.
 
2013-06-13 11:15:40 PM
Bacon T. Good, Mrs. Walrus, 5th period

My English teacher sucks hardcore.  Mrs. Walrus can barely spell, and she drinks whiskey in class.  She is super stupid, picks her nose and eats the boogers right in front of us.  Once I saw her jilling off in front of some boys in class, right before blowing them one at a time.  I wonder if her husband the principal knows she got AIDS from that that heroin addict?  It bums me out what a whore she is.  We get idiotic assignments like this one.  I think I'll kill myself with a paper cut.
 
2013-06-13 11:17:23 PM
So well this happened. Not that smart but well.
We had to write an epitaph for our gravestone in 10th grade I think it was.
 
2013-06-13 11:23:09 PM
Real creative writing would be to write the suicide note, go into hiding from everyone you know on the same day, and leave clues around pointing to foul play at the hands of the teacher who gave the assignment.

/ Even more fun if your friends were in on it to frame to teacher.
 
2013-06-13 11:24:28 PM
Respond by writing:

"What is the value of this assignment with respect to knowledge of the English Language?"

Authorities hate it when their authority is questioned.
 
2013-06-13 11:25:02 PM
the Big Fun 90's revival starting?

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2013-06-13 11:28:45 PM
remember, kids, point up at the back at the roof of your mouth otherwise you risk the bullet just spinning around your skull and out the other side or right through your optic nerves so you'd be blind. how horrible would that be? to try and be dead and instead just be blind so you can't see enough to do it right. lulz. loser.

t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-06-13 11:28:50 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: So well this happened. Not that smart but well.
We had to write an epitaph for our gravestone in 10th grade I think it was.


We had to do that as well, about the same grade. Catholic school for you too? Was a writing assignment in my English Lit. class. Instructor was a former college prof. (married and I think she was trying to have kids, so wanted less stress). She was a Chaucer expert too.

Funny how well I still remember some teachers. I thought the assignment sucked though. As a teen it was impossible to consider my own mortality outside of the typical self obsessed teen bullshiat where you just want to die over something lame.

I'm sure I have notebook somewhere full of self written emo poetry. My god the horror.
 
2013-06-13 11:32:10 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: "The homework at York Prep in the Upper West Side required students to write goodbye notes from the perspective of a character who kills herself in the best-selling book"

*yawn*


Troll headline was a troll headline.

I think 14 is a little too young but would have been fine for upper classmen. Hate to blame the victim (the Teacher in this case) but she should have know better the prep school parents would complain about making their snowflakes think about an unpleasant subject.
 
2013-06-13 11:38:26 PM
Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die,
when all the birds are singing in the sky,
Now that the spring is in the air.
Pretty girls are everywhere.
When you see them I'll be there.
We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
were just seasons out of time.
 
2013-06-13 11:40:25 PM

theotherles: Respond by writing:

"What is the value of this assignment with respect to knowledge of the English Language?"

Authorities hate it when their authority is questioned.


Their answer would probably be: "I don't know.  This is a literature class, not a grammar/structure class."
 
2013-06-13 11:43:49 PM

Lady Indica: tinfoil-hat maggie: So well this happened. Not that smart but well.
We had to write an epitaph for our gravestone in 10th grade I think it was.

We had to do that as well, about the same grade. Catholic school for you too? Was a writing assignment in my English Lit. class. Instructor was a former college prof. (married and I think she was trying to have kids, so wanted less stress). She was a Chaucer expert too.

Funny how well I still remember some teachers. I thought the assignment sucked though. As a teen it was impossible to consider my own mortality outside of the typical self obsessed teen bullshiat where you just want to die over something lame.

I'm sure I have notebook somewhere full of self written emo poetry. My god the horror.


No Catholic school for me just public but the English teacher was married to the coach that taught PE, and she ended up having an affair with the principal so...well Drama : )
 
2013-06-13 11:44:08 PM
What if the assignment was to write a piece for the Washington Times?

Talk about damaging a child's psyche.
 
2013-06-13 11:45:15 PM

theotherles: Respond by writing:

"What is the value of this assignment with respect to knowledge of the English Language?"

Authorities hate it when their authority is questioned.


"Ask your father. He paid for it."
 
2013-06-13 11:47:13 PM

Great Janitor: A teacher in high school gave us the writing assignment: How Do You Want To Be Remembered?  I answered "They found Great Janitor's bullet ridden body on his throne of skulls.  He was thwarted by the heroes in his attempt to conquer the world.  The U.N. is currently unsure of how to deal with the hundreds of Great Janitor clones murdering their way across the U.S.A."

Turns out the entire assignment was How Do You Want to Be Remembered by Your Graduating Class?"  I said the answer is still the same.


Welcome to my favorites, Janitor on a throne of skulls!

i1211.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-13 11:49:19 PM
xx/xx/20xx
Dear IRS and other creditors,

Please accept this suicide note in lieu of payment.  I have most definitely killed myself to of which my rich uncle in Nigeria has given my proper remains burial in that which are not most identifiable.  If of which I have rebate coming please place it near the tent of my long lost twin who as a freak of nature has the exact same dna and fingerprints as I had but is not me by certain, and is living in and around the area of national park xxxxxxxxxxx.

Yours posthumously,
eventhelosers
 
2013-06-13 11:50:22 PM
Hey Teacher! Leave them kids alone!
 
2013-06-13 11:54:23 PM
it is a great idea, and a good way for kids to bring some shiat to the surface.


how ridiculous that a little creative writing is such a big farking deal
 
2013-06-13 11:55:04 PM

The Flexecutioner: theotherles: Respond by writing:

"What is the value of this assignment with respect to knowledge of the English Language?"

Authorities hate it when their authority is questioned.

Their answer would probably be: "I don't know.  This is a literature class, not a grammar/structure class."


And a point off for incorrectly capitalizing the word language.
 
2013-06-14 12:01:13 AM

numbone: Not so fast. Nothing is sadder than a poorly written suicide note.


Are you kidding? How great would it be to get an "F" on your suicide note? You could sell it to a comedy club for like $100,000 and they'd hang it on the wall.
 
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