Friday, 14 October 2011

Respect My Authority

FIRST OFF: If you're wondering about the giant link to the left over there, Fang asked me to do it, and like I said, I'm a whore. He says it counts as a writing challenge. I'll be there until the end of the week, then I'm taking it down. It takes up a lot of space, so sorry but I don't think I'll be doing it for anyone else. Not at that size anyway. This place is cluttered enough as it is. On to the real post!

This is actually the third part of my "Things School Didn't Mean To Teach You". Sorry if you don't like it, but I'm tired, and I can't think of anything, so I'm falling back on what I have. I really was totally out of ideas, so if you have any, please throw them at me lol. I'm quite happy to write about pretty much anything you guys can come up with. Anyway, here we are, part three. As the title suggests, it has to do with authority, and authority figures. This one is actually more fun, and contains stupid stories of me at school, rather than depressing ones.

3. Authority doesn't deserve to be respected.
If you respected your teachers, well done you. If you didn't, why not? I respected some of them, but that was because I respected them as people, not as authority figures. I'm sure in school they try to teach you to respect authority unconditionally. That just because a person was "above you", you had to respect them. Yeah...right. Most teachers have no authority these days, and while I could go into why, I'm not going to, maybe some other time. But it's true, I didn't respect them as authority figures. I barely did what they told me to except the work in class and that was just because I wanted to advance my own knowledge.

I never did my homework. Ever. I never got detention for it either for some reason. My homework record was so bad that in science class my teacher told the class that she's going to get rid of all homework records (I basically had a clean slate) and would start again, so that people who didn't do homework (though it was just me. Teachers actually stopped asking me for homework) could have a fresh start. Needless to say I didn't take her up on her offer, and all that happened is that a lot of good homework records were ruined, by me. I felt awesome over that. She was one of the teachers who didn't like me much though, but I did give her good reason to I suppose. My science teachers generally liked me because I asked good questions and made them think, I even asked questions they didn't know the answer to. But I asked her a very very retarded question once. I asked her "Why is childbirth so painful when the vagina opens up to allow the baby through?". For her answer she cut a ten centimetre strip into a piece of paper, and shoved her fist through it, slowly. I'm glad I wasn't totally aware of fisting at the time, or I would have gotten into a LOT of trouble, because I don't think before I speak. This might be about why teachers don't deserve automatic respect, but I think I had some for her, she didn't take shit, and she didn't let me get away with things because I was smart.

The sad thing is though that the teachers singled out me and Jesse even when other kids were acting a lot worse than we were. The simple reason? They weren't afraid of us. But again, a subject for another time. If you don't respect your teachers as authority figures, then you're not going to respect many others. After leaving school I don't respect my boss as an authority figure, and I respect him less as a person than I used to. I've been informed my family read this stuff, but I doubt people from work do. Plus he knows I don't really have a lot of respect for him anyway I think. I'm pretty sure not doing what he says gives him a good idea.

The police are also people you are told you should respect, and while I do a bit, I don't totally respect them. I appreciate they have a pretty tough job though, and even though they don't always work how we like, sometimes they do get the job done. Plus the ones on the front line, the ones who were at the riots, those guys deserve nothing but respect. People can badmouth them but it was good they didn't lower themselves to senseless violence, they showed patience, understanding, and showed how a person should behave. 


  1. hmmm..interesting!

    but what to do? authority runs in school :(

    teachers do sometimes take advantage of that title just to let the students do something for them. sucks!

  2. Teachers in my school just beat you until you submitted and even beat you when you didn't but that's what you get from the Christian Brothers.

  3. I only respected teachers that I coiuld actually learn from. The other ones, whose droning can put you to sleep, don't deserve respect. Learning is supposed to be fun, not a chore or a bore!

    Need more writing material? Try writing about your most embarrassing moment in school!

  4. @Mai Yang well I was willing to help the teachers out at least. Most people don't listen to the authority of teachers though, that is their answer.

    @The Angry Lurker LOL To be honest I think that we should have those days back, and now according to polls so do most parents.

    @Danjor21 This is true, I did respect my science teachers and my IT teacher, he taught some cool things and he was a pretty cool guy himself. Learning is supposed to be fun, but well that doesn't happen in school lol. I'm tempted to do that if I can think of a story lol.

  5. “We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” - said Woodrow Wilson, speaking as the President of Princeton University in 1909.

  6. @Linux And Life that sounds more like a trade school, which is something I think people should be allowed to go to at 14.

  7. To be honest, I never did my homework. The only thing that kept me in good graces with the teachers was good test scores consistently.

  8. I generally try and be civil and respectful to everyone even if I hate you with every particle of my being.

    They might be useful in the future, it's not good to burn bridges.

  9. Can't believe you went and actually put that link there. Haha, you so beta ;D
    Seriously, though, you're a pretty cool guy. ;3

  10. Yeah, Cops deserve some sort of respect as they have a tough job...but fuck em. I get harassed by them all the time, its bullshit

  11. I just took the exams and handed in reports. Hell i was 2cool4school 80% of the time anywho. At least that's the records show. But it all worked out well, got like a B average and went to college.

  12. I have a problem with autorithy.

  13. It's true I respect my teachers as a person but I never once want someone commanding me on what I should do. I never wanted to be a follower or be followed either. I just like to be a lone wolf. On the other hand sometimes you just gotta do what you have to do.

  14. You know how much i respect you, but here you sound like a little bitch. Messing with those guys trying to make a living, having a shitty time with little bitches like you that felt right messing with them and still were unable to smack you.
    It sounds like you got all rebelious with the wrong people just because you were angry at life.
    I understand that you hated to do homework, everyone does, but you were a sociopath at such young age. What's even the point of that? I'm not saying that you should take everything they said as gospel, but at least put your act together. There are many ways to be rebelious without being a bitch :/

  15. Hasidic Plumber: Bad teachers can fuck you up for the rest of your life. No reason to show them any respect at all, if they're obviously doing their job poorly.
    Not sure if that was the case here though.

    School in general is totally disfunctional institution nowadays and most teachers are pricks also. There are some good ones left.. I suppose. Cca five out of all that I've met weren't either totally stupid, dicks with superiority complex or somehow else totally not fit to be teachers.
    It's a bit different on college I suppose. I'm talking mainly about grade and secondary school here.

  16. I do find the part, where you disrespect your boss and don't listen to him pretty stupid however. You're payed to listen to him and do your job after all.
    He's your boss.. he can like.. y'know... fire you and you won't have any income and stuff after. Not smart.

  17. I never really thought about it in that way. In general I just stay polite, till the "authority" gives me reason not to.

  18. Authority doesn't "deserve" respect. It needs to earn it.

  19. There's a difference between respect and fear that some people in positions of authority need to learn.
    People may do as asked for both reasons, but it's better to do as your teacher/parent/boss asks out of respect then because you are afraid of the consequences if you don't. As for the police, some of what is wrong with the world today is not that people don't fear them but they know sentences handed out by the courts are pathetic, so getting arrested is no longer a threat.

  20. R-E-S-P-E-C-T Tell you what it means to me...

    Sorry, couldn't help myself. I've always operated on the principal that people have to earn my respect, and the first step is to respect me in turn. Then again, my teachers always liked me because I was polite, relatively decently behaved and smart, even if I didn't like them in return. Then again, there were a few teachers that didn't like me, mainly because I knew I was smarter than them, and had a tendency to rub their faces in it...

  21. Heres a video that is kind of relitive that I found on convictus blog in september:

  22. authority is everywhere... school, work, home... the worst part is when they act like know-it-alls when they actually don't know what they're talking about.
    i on my hand as a trainer, always tell my ojts that i don't know everything but i want them to make the best of their capabilities because i'm sure they can do better than me ^_^

  23. I think I act the same way as you do toward authority! I won't feel lower than anybody and will respect someone for his ownself!

    Good post! :)

  24. I never accept any authority. I'm a rebel at heart, and it's gotten me into a lot of trouble.

  25. Sorry it took me so long to reply anyone who sees this. I lost the internet again and right now I'm actually at my library.
    @R.Ger Yeah that's what made them love me too lol. Kind of.

    @DWei I'm never really going to see anyone of them again, but I do try to be nice even if I hate someone. I have a lot of tolerance and patience...What? I do.

    @Fang I'm not beta I'm nice and a pretty cool guy. I post links and don't afraid of anything.

    @Kid Shuffle Those are cops I don't really like, and the ones that are attacking the OWS guys, they're being incredibly non-violent.

    @Michael That is pretty cool. I got C averages but that's another story.

    @My 2 Pesos Errybody does

    @Dilord A lotta times you just gotta do what you gotta do. I don't mind too much being told what to do, and I don't really like the idea of people doing what I tell them. Far too much responsibility.

    @Hasidic Plumer I wasn't that much of a bitch but I take being callled a sociopath as a compliment. Really I was one of the more behaved people. I always did my work, and I rarely ever actually spoke back to them. I really thought I was asking a real question lol. I really was one of the better behaved kids, the other ones gave the kids breakdowns and shit.

    @Bob I'm a volunteer worker. I earn NO income at all, but yes he can fire me. I would see this as not so bad. To be honest I'm surprised he hasn't fired me yet, I really am. There are some good teachers out there, but when you are young and impressionable yes a bad teacher can set you way back. Most of them weren't that good, but the school itself wasn't good either.

    @LasseLA Meh my teachers gave me a lot of reason not to be polite. But I was generally nice and polite.

    @Henry Summing up my post in one sentence yet again.

    @Dirtycowgirl I think I would rather be respected than feared. Police are also failing because people aren't afraid of being caught anymore. The fear of being caught is far more of a deterrent than a loss of freedom in my mind, but prison isn't the loss of freedom it used to be anyway.

    @Generally Disgruntled Hey great to see you back here :D I got some respect from the teachers because I asked smart questions, and did the work (just not homework) but some didn't get much of my respect and some didn't respect me much

    @Bersercules sorry brah I'm at the library so don't really want to fire up a video.

    @Indistinctive Writer I have massive respect for my parents, they're badass. You seem to be doing a good job as an instructor :) You have the right attitude anyway.

    @Francis Caron that is a good attitude to have :)

    @Lunatic Pope Good for you :D

  26. Well I am a very good girl :) Authority figures love me.
    And I generally do respect people in authority. Because if you don't, you get into trouble.

  27. @Cricketfreak Hehe good for you ^^ If you don't step out of line too much then you won't get into too much trouble.

  28. True, true, in my previous school not a single teacher earned nor deserved an ounce of respect. However, at my high school, 90% of the teachers are actually really good. I feel like I want to respect them because they're both cool people and good teachers, and being a good teacher does include getting people to accept you as an authority.

  29. @The Rambler Jessie loves most of her college teachers, and I felt the same about mine. I don't know what it is about them. Maybe it's just that by college/high school you're older, and you can respect them more. Who knows? But yes part of being a good teacher is to be a good and respected authority figure.

  30. Thanks for sharing.

    Your pissed off boss

  31. @Steve Bailey LOL My boss is pissed off enough at me for my attitude at work as it is. I don't think this would make a whole lotta difference.


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