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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 23
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2013-06-13 10:43:50 PM
4 votes:
"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 10:40:49 PM
4 votes:
Great way to smoke out the crazies who are plotting mass shootings.
2013-06-13 09:03:12 PM
3 votes:

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.
2013-06-14 12:17:11 AM
2 votes:
"Dear NRA, thanks for making it easy for me to purchase a gun without any mandated checks into my prior transgressions or mental health problems, for the intent of killing myself (and possibly some others before that.) I'm not entirely sure if I would have been able to carry through with it, seeing as I don't know any criminals and am not familiar with how to acquire weed, let alone buy a gun on the black market."
2013-06-13 09:48:26 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-06-14 12:02:09 PM
1 votes:
God forbid we teach student a useful skill that they can use later in life.
2013-06-14 04:04:45 AM
1 votes:
All are promised death
Took, not given, is my end
Have yours as you care
2013-06-14 01:57:20 AM
1 votes:
My suicide note:

Dear world,

I am dying of cancer, so I am going to end my life by my own terms.  If my plan worked out, I've already detonated my explosive belt and taken out at least two Kardashians or one Justin Bieber.  The following pages will explain how my hero's shrine and monument is to look, complete with measurements and construction materials.

Your hero,
Great Janitor
2013-06-14 01:19:41 AM
1 votes:

mccallcl: davynelson: 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

This. It's supposed to be a high-tone prep school. They should be doing college material. This isn't some random suburban public school.

Also, reading the notes could give teachers a chance to alert administration if their students are actually suicidal. I bet an exercise like this, with the right supervision, could save lives.

/I know it wasn't "write your own suicide note", but if it was, I don't have a problem with that, necessarily.


Or it could wrongly label some very creative but introverted student as a suicide risk, causing all kinds of stress for all involved. Do you really think the average teacher is qualified to decide that?
2013-06-14 12:01:13 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-06-13 11:55:04 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-06-13 11:40:25 PM
1 votes:

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 11:14:13 PM
1 votes:
Not so fast. Nothing is sadder than a poorly written suicide note.
2013-06-13 11:06:05 PM
1 votes:
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 11:00:41 PM
1 votes:

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 11:00:16 PM
1 votes:
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 10:52:58 PM
1 votes:
Sometimes you got to give them that little nudge, you know?
Hint hint, wink wink, know what I mean?
2013-06-13 10:46:43 PM
1 votes:
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 10:42:34 PM
1 votes:
If I was to off myself cocaine and viagra overdose while banging 2 or more whores.
2013-06-13 10:39:01 PM
1 votes:
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 09:32:41 PM
1 votes:

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 09:19:09 PM
1 votes:
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 08:40:28 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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