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Jingle Bell Hock
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One of my college computer professors told us, "If you can't be right, be funny. If I laugh, I may give you partial credit." On an exam, one student defined the networking term CSMA/CD as "Creative Students Must Always Create Definitions." He gave her credit for it, so I can believe almost anything about tests and papers.
BTW: Did anyone find out from the website what grade Jeremy Lavine was in when he wrote this? I could believe that this comes from an 8th-10th grader because he shows a certain well-roundedness and a little bit of knowledge of the subject matter. If this essay is genuine, it may be from someone who simply isn't good with words and gets his volcabulary from television.
Such is my 7th grade son; he's exceptionally intelligent but not the best writer or communicator. He once told us that karate is a Japanese farting technique. On one of his book reports of a book where the main characters endured many hardships, he ended his essay with, "It would suck to be them." Before he turned it in, he gave it to me to edit. I crossed out the line and wrote on the paper, "What can we learn from these characters?" In his next draft, he had removed the last line and simply replaced it with the text: "What can we learn from these characters?"
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who do not.
"Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" - The Brain
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| SamL |
The Red and the Green Stamps
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just to answer some of your alls questions, I happened on this site while searching for the web for information on various people from my high school. Jerem Lavine does exist, I was in his geosystems class last year (yes, geosystems, not english, thus the total ignorance of grammar) when he wrote these. The first one, for example, we were just supposed to write a double-spaced page explaining El Nino, which you see, he actually DOES say what it is (the water warmth thing, etc) and thus why he got full credit. Our teacher, Mr. Rizor, who has a sense of humor, also added his own snide comments on the page. This was 12th grade, he was 18.
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Angels Wii Have Heard on High
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While I have my doubts about this due to lack of correction all over the paper, I wouldn't doubt the content.
In my senior year of high school we were studying the Holocaust for three weeks and had to write numerous papers. I was burned out on essay-style writing, which has never been my strong suit, so when I had to write about why people listened to Hitler, and how we could prevent such a thing from happening again, it included sentences like(not exact quote, the paper was written years ago):
"Hitler won people over with his smooth-talking. He was all 'You guys, these problems aren't your fault, it's all the damn JEWS that are taking your jobs, and screwing up the country!' And since people have a tendency to blame anyone other than themselves for the bad things that happen to them, the German people thought 'Dude, Hitler's right!' "
And my teacher submitted that essay to a contest held by some remembering the Holocaust essay foundation(Can you believe I didn't win? ). If I'd known she liked that kind of writing that year would have been much easier for me.
Me: "He's 19? Uh oh, I bought him a beer."
A: "You contributed to the deliquency of a minor in drag!"
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The Bills of St. Mary's
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When it came time to do my A-Level maths exam I, along with all the rest of my class, was completely stumped by most of the questions. This is because we had had 5 teachers over the course of 2 years, none of whom swapped notes or knew what had or had not been covered from the curriculum. Turns out that most of the stuff in the exam was stuff that we had never covered at all. We were the gifted class, and not a one of us got higher than an E (which is the lowest passing grade).
Anyway, for one of the questions that covered something I'd never heard of, we were asked to make a graph. Or, more literally "draw axes on a peice of graph paper". So I drew a pair of battle-axes. I don't think I got any marks for it, though.
seriously , everyone on here , just trys to give someone crap about something they do !! , its shitting me to tears.
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We Three Blings
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In high school, we had a theory that our history teacher didn't read our essay answers, but rather looked at the length and assigned a grade based on that.
Overtired and overworked one night, I neglected to read the entire chapter on the Spanish American War, even though we were being tested on it the next day. I logic-ed my way through the multiple choice, and then looked at the essay question. Not knowing what else to put, and figuring this was as good a time to test our theory about this teacher's grading criteria, I wrote (paraphrased, because this was a good 16 years ago and I need to shorten it):
"I'm going to be honest. I didn't read this chapter. But I do know my great-grandfather thought it was his civic duty to enlist to fight in this war, and enlist he did. The war was over before he was through with training. Being the first wartime member of his family not to serve, he was extremely disappointed, not because he wanted to fight, but because he felt he was letting the family line and proud patriotic history that goes all the way back to the Revolution down. While camped, however, he was disgusted to learn that when they army ran short on food, they sometimes slaughtered horses to supplement the meat reserves. Great-grandfather was horrified that they could do that to such a noble, beautiful animal, and refused to eat any horse meat. I apologize, but I am extremely tired and not thinking straight, and this is the extent of my knowledge about the Spanish American War at this time. I'll read it tomorrow, I promise."
When my paper came back, I had half credit for the answer. I found out he DID in fact read the contents of our answers, because he stated, "While I am disappointed you didn't do your assignment, I respect your use of actual family history in formulating an answer. Since you're a good student overall, I'm giving you credit for applied knowledge. But next time, read your homework."
I had done well enough working out the multiple choice, I ended up with a B.
And for the record, I never stated that the Spanish American War killed people and knocked down trees.
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