The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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August 20th, 2018, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, August 14th, 2018, 2:40 am

Elisa arrives at the school nurse's office to find Julie, Trevor, and Alison with Alexis. Unfortunately, it seems that two of those three tend to be quite the troublemakers in the school.

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Hippocampus (Guest), August 20th, 2018, 1:50 pm

Yay, a new page!

Getting quite political here, aren't we? I don't think we've ever seen hints of Julie's delinquency before.

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EmilyAnnCoons, August 20th, 2018, 7:43 pm

@Hippocampus: Actually, Julie's delinquency was hinted at back in chapter 3. http://www.lifeofalexisperkins.com/comics/2191808/3-8/ It was a minor statement, but it shows that she has been in trouble for things in school before.

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J-Master, August 20th, 2018, 11:01 pm

I also agree with Julie

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FallingStar (Guest), August 21st, 2018, 6:40 am

It is fucked up, but Julie shouldn't be blaming the teachers. Maybe, as a student herself, that's all she knows how to do, so in that regard she can be forgiven. However, most teachers know that the system is fucked up, but they don't have a choice, and they don't have the power to change it: the curriculum is set by the governing bodies who, unsurprisingly, are swayed by for-profit groups who are usually not made up of teachers but rather by people who create products and want to sell them.

This is living in a capitalist society, folks.

Anyway, the fault of the system lies in a political desire to score high on certain tests in certain areas. Politicians want to say that the students in their district are good at math, but the only way to do that is to test students on that math and get good grades. So they build a curriculum to teach students only what they need to get good grades on the test. NOT TO LEARN MATH, BUT TO PASS A MATH TEST. This is a VERY important distinction, because it denies the study of concepts that provide vital context to the study. Ever wonder why you needed to learn something, because you think you're never going to use it? That's the context that teachers can't teach you, because they're too busy trying to do what the higher-ups demand of them. If they don't, they lose their jobs.

Julie should talk to her teachers, perhaps during study hall or lunch break. It's true, not all of her teachers will care; some are jaded, others are just bad teachers. That's life. But if she looks, I'm sure she'll find a teacher that does care, very deeply in fact, about his or her students and the education they receive. That would be a very important lesson for Julie, I think.

Okay, rant over. *poof*

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Hippocampus (Guest), August 21st, 2018, 11:58 am

@EmilyAnnCoons: Ah I must have forgotten about that page. Thanks for reminding me.

But yeah, FallingStar has it right. Schools in the US are not schools anymore; they're businesses, and they care more about competition and social reputation than education, which is really sad. I just don't think the way Julie approached it was right. I dunno what school she's going to, but teachers don't really "droll on and on about this or that", and even if they did that's not the problem she should be complaining about (I actually was fascinated about teachers' personal anecdotes when I was a student XD). And opening up to the nurse may not be the best idea either... the nurse is still a member of the faculty and thus represents the school, so she could still get Julie in trouble for saying the wrong thing.