Michael Moore’s “Idiot Nation” has some intriguing ideas and concepts. Though no matter how much I want to, I can not say I agree with them as a whole. I really find most of them to be the just ramblings of a burned out student, who is making excuses for his failures. Furthermore, I feel he should stop complaining and go back to college. There are; however, three statements I do, at least partially, agree with. I do agree that teachers are under appreciated, that schools are in pathetic shape and that I was ahead of my class intellectually wise for most of my school.
Who is at fault here? As much as Moore wants to blame it on the school or the system, it is not there fault. Moore has no one to blame but himself. School is not hell, it is not torture and in most of the cases it is necessary. Moore said and I quote, “Do this, don’t do that, tuck your shirt in, wipe that smile off your face, where’s your hall pass, THAT’S THE WRONG HALL PASS! YOU - DETENTION!!”. Well with all but one of those I see no problem. Honestly Moore tucking your shirt in won’t kill you so shut up and do so. Now that wipe your smile off your face part, well lets just say it is a good thing that they did not talk or act like that in my High School because my only response I could have to it would have been, “I’ll freakin’ smile if I darn well feel like it”. Well not quite the words I would chose to say but it gets the point across. With the hall pass, well if your not supposed to be in the hall then do not and if you have the pass then you have no worries. My experience may have been different then his but when I was walking down the hall in school no one would ask me if I had a pass. They would just assume I did not but that was no reason for them to bother me. I think they though I was mental because they once asked me to take a psych evaluation. But then again when I did get a detention for something I had done I walked into their office and said, “This (referring to my detention slip)...
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