I just had a long discussion with my parents about how basically and given Discworld book would be a better thing to read in school than Lord of The Flies.
Reason number one: all of the same lessons are taught.
In LoTF, the reader is supposed to learn about mob mentality, oppression, and general prejudice, yes? Thud! is a good example of all of this. You’ve got two different groups of people fighting because Reasons, and the main character coming to terms with his own subconscious racism. What a damn good thing to teach high schoolers!
Reason number two: none of them are nearly so depressing.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can not think of a single Terry Pratchett book that ends on a bad note. Not one. LoTF was painful for me to read, because all of the characters were making horrible, murderous decisions because… plot??? Boys will be boys?? The base instincts of humanity?? I am the author and everyone else sucks???
Reason number three: they are fun to read!
This kind of goes along with the last one, but the fact that Pratchett combines relatable characters and a good sense of humor with real world scenarios (going back to Thud! with the internalized racism) makes the books a joy to read! I have, out of the six books I’ve had to read for school, been indifferent or even hated four of them. I didn’t want to read any of them! I read two books a week for three frippin years! And I didn’t want to read the books they chose! I, just.
In conclusion: LoTF sucks, Thud! would be a much better choice.
By 1930 I shepherd you into your son’s room, and I told you to find your husband because the doctors wanted to give you the results of the scan. I joked about our bedside service, and had a smile, but the fellow had already told me the news. I hope you I wasn’t being flippant in retrospect.
By 2010 I could hear your wails from 3 rooms down while trying to finish my med pass quickly. You knew that your son had a baseball sized tumor in his brainstem, inoperable and 100% fatal.
By 2120 I was moving your large, tearful extended family into various consultation rooms. I grabbed kleenex boxes in bulk. I wanted you to be settled, and supported because my charge was threatening me with another admission and my other patients were on their call lights.
By 2250 your son had finally made his way back from MRI and I met him for the first time. And I could put a face to your anguish.
By 0100 you and your husband decided that you both couldn’t sleep anyway. So I found you an empty room to shower in so you wouldn’t disturb your son while he slept.
By 0450 you tearfully asked me if it was it was normal to be extremely nauseous. I sat you down with a ginger ale and some saltines. You asked me if I saw miracles, I don’t know what I said. But I doubt that matters. You just needed someone to share your pain with. Thankfully someone else fielded a call from a resident, so I could kneel next to you until my legs were numb.
By 0720 I had finished my handoff with the day shift nurse. You were sitting next to your son with the bounty you secured from the hospital gift shop. Your husband next to you, but his eyes suggested he was a million miles away. I tried to say my goodbyes, but some of the residents were in the room examining your son and that’s where your attention needed to be.
By 0745 a friend kindly drove me home. She remarked about how messed up that this is our job. I cried quietly in the shower, hoping that I was enough for you for that shift.
I think one of the more entertaining and confusing things in animation school is, like every school, each prof thinks they teach the most important class and is the most important in the field
for instance my storyboard prof and layout prof this year constantly have a lot of opposite ideas. layout prof says memorizing perspective and layout mechanics is the number one thing in successful boards, meanwhile storyboard prof will sort of disregard it and say it’s not the most important thing. layout prof says you always need establishing shots, storyboard prof says she’s exhausted of regularly seeing them, etc
it just goes to show that literally everyone has their own opinions on what’s ‘right’, including two professionals who both worked for Disney
My psychology professor is so adorable. He’s still in school for his PhD and he was all nervous because this was his first time ever teaching a class. You could tell he just wanted everyone to like him and it just melted my heart. He even felt weird being called professor so he made us call him by his first name.
He was so nervous and kept looking around when he asked if anyone had any questions. I felt bad because literally no one said anything so I started asking questions about random stuff for class and he was so relieved when others joined in.
He is a precious being and I must protect this man at all costs.
I was born in Ireland but my moms Canadian and my dads Irish and my primary school was rubbish at teaching Irish and I only like three sentences in Irish and now I'm stuck in secondary school Irish and I have no clue what my teacher is saying is there anything I can do or am I now stuck with 0% on all my tests for the rest of my life.
If you don’t understand the classes then you need to let the teacher know if you haven’t already. There might be some possibilty of taking extra classes/work to catch up, or dropping to a different level in the subject.
Yep. Very unpleasant if you ask me. Almost worse than hot glue. I say almost, because it isn’t quite as sticky.
I enjoy an Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly every once in a while. (What? I teach elementary school!) I like to put them in the toaster, since my family freezes them. It’s nice because the peanut butter gets warm, and the jelly is still (in theory) cool.
I put it through the toaster twice tonight, since it was still frozen on the inside after once. Upon taking it out, you can guess what happened. Yep. I touched the molten hot jelly coming out of the sides.
Aztec solar disc stone
The solar disc was the emblem of the sun, known to the Aztecs as Tonatiuh, whom they imagined as a vigorous youth covered in red body paint and with ochre and yellow face paint. They believed that he was guided in his passage across the sky by Xiuhcoatl, the legendary fiery serpent that was also the deadly weapon that Tonatiuh used against his enemies in the underworld, the stars and the moon….
[This disc] is a simplified version of [the Sunstone]. The sun is represented here by four rays and by four sacred cactus thorns on the outside… In the centre is the calendrical number of the Fifth Sun (“4-Movement”). The date “6-Rabbit” appears in the border. It may refer to the year in which the stone was carved or to that of a historical event.
252. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie grew old the first time they visited Narnia, and many wonder what they did. Few know the new names they took there as they started a school for their new home to teach those that would come after them. They didn't want people to be influenced by their name, so they took new names that would stand out with their new school. Godric, Rowena, Salazar, and Helga.
There should be a word specifically for that moment when you realize, with sick, dawning horror, that the coworker who just friended you on Facebook is a raving republican, and you don’t know if you’re ever going to be able to look at her in the eye again after having seen her with the Make America Great Again hat at a Trump rally she attended with her husband, and you’re horrified because she teaches high school science and suddenly a LOT of little things you’ve noticed about her and thought “Huh” about all suddenly become One Big Thing and frankly how could you not have seen the signs? Why did you assume that just because she teaches high school science that she wouldn’t be One of Them?
I barely ever get enough sleep at night because of schoolwork and I’ve tried sleeping in class but it always ends with me being embarrassed as the teacher wakes me up. I heard from everyone else that you’re the expert at sleeping in class without getting caught so can you um, you know, teach me your ways? AU
You’re my younger sister’s elementary Math teacher and I’m going to confront you, pissed, because why the hell aren’t you teaching your students the new rule of MDAS?? Let me give you a piece of my mind- holy shit you’re actually pretty hot AU
We’re classmates who sit together and have this really annoying, new, young teacher that can’t even understand what she’s teaching and we secretly make fun of her. When she finally catches us, we humiliate her by showing how much we know about the current lesson - which we understand better than her, anyway. After all, we weren’t the top 2 for no reason AU
We’re assigned as partners for our college thesis. Yes, I can bullshit those ten paragraph explanations but suck at Math and guess what, you just happened to be a Math genius. We make a hell of a team AU
I have a problem child who tells me that the school counselor is scary and always angry but when we finally meet, you don’t seem like that at all. You blush a lot, though AU
We’re in a private high school and you’re my bully. Everyone including me is scared of you but one day when I went to the gas station I usually go to on Fridays and see you working there. Today isn’t a Friday, and it seems that now we have our own little secret AU
We’re rivals for a top spot in class because we’re both aiming for a scholarship and this is an exclusive school plus we’re both poor. Let’s just say we both really, really need that scholarship. All our classmates and teachers cheer either of us on but no matter whoever wins, we’ll still be friends right? AU
You’re the guest judge for a beauty pageant at my school so could you mind explaining wHY MY BEST FRIEND DIDN’T WIN?! AU
I always copy your answers during Math and you’re too lazy to cover your answers and just let me …or at least that’s what you said when I asked you why you let me copy AU
We ruined our Science projects we worked on for two weeks due today by bumping into each other and got into a fight. Now we’re both in detention, helping each other rebuild our projects. Maybe you’re not really that much of an asshole I thought you were AU
We absolutely love debating at lit about classic novels and Shakespeare and just when the arguments are starting to become personal, we suddenly find out that we have so many other things in common and things we agree on that we never mentioned to each other before. Holy shit, I never would have guessed we were actually this compatible AU
We met at an anime convention in summer- cosplaying, apparently, two characters a lot of people ship and they’re all chanting ‘kiss!’ right now so… We never saw each other again but skip to the end of the summer, you actually go to my school and your best friend just had to have multiple copies of that picture AU
I’m the school nurse and you’re the straight A student who never gets into fights but one day, one of your friends who’s a regular came in with a broken ankle and you helping him limp over to the bed. Ever since then, there’s always been a new excuse of how you fell down the stairs or how you tripped into a chair or how this person pissed you off and you lost control at least once a week AU
Our school’s basketball court doubles as a volleyball court. I wasn’t doing anything to you but was just waiting patiently for our turn so hOW DARE YOU SPIKE ME WITH A BALL RIGHT IN THE FACE?! Oh, you are gonna pay AU
You’re the new transfer student from another country who isn’t that good at English and I just happened to be the only one who also knows your native language. Welcome to my new job of being everyone’s translator for free. AU
I was your teacher in high school and now we’re together but why not let’s recall how we managed to not jump each other for four years and wait ‘till after your graduation before we confessed AU