Thursday, June 21, 2018

F-Bombed


On what ended up being my last subbing day for the school year, I was back in the math class at the continuation high school. It's been a while since I had seen the continuation high school, so it was nice to get there one last time before closing the year out.

It was third period. Jason walked in late. (I make no comment on tardy students as I'd rather they do show up to class. I do mark them tardy on the roll, though.) He immediately went to his computer and logged on.

I was doing my thing, and surprisingly getting called over to sign off on completed assignments for Brent. Brent is one of the well-known difficult students, so the fact that he was diligently working and not making waves was remarkable.

Jason had earbuds in and was listening to music. This is something that's so commonplace I rarely remark on it. If it helps them focus, great.

But, Jason got really into the music and started singing along. In the quiet classroom.

This would have only gotten a quiet nudge from me, except the lyrics Jason was singing along to were not appropriate for school. There was an f-bomb involved.

I informed Jason that he was using inappropriate language in the classroom, and he would owe "standards" (he'd have to write lines) as this is one of Mr. F's rules.

Jason protested. He hadn't said anything wrong. He was just enjoying Earvin's music.

This is where Brent chimed in. He confirmed that Jason had dropped an f-bomb. (Alas, by using the same word...)

Jason shrugged it off. There were only two days left of school. He wasn't going to write those standards.

Good luck with that, kiddo. Mr. F is rather strict about his rules, and arguing with him is like arguing at a brick wall. (Mr. F is a very even-tempered teacher. He doesn't yell. He doesn't get upset. But he slowly, steadily, and quietly enforces his rules.)

By the way, Mr. F is an author as well. You can find his author website here

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  1. Singing along? That must have been interesting

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    1. Alas, this is not an unusual occurrence...

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  2. Do you think he sang aloud on purpose, or was he really that enamored with the music?

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    1. He was really that enamored with the music. Or he's a really good actor.

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  3. Hi Liz - Mr F is an interesting man - and obviously brooks no stupidity - as he's been there, struggled and done it. So glad you were able to get to the continuation high school - cheers Hilary

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    1. Me too. I wondered if I was going to see it again.

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  4. I can tolerate most bad words, hell I even use them...but the F bomb is not one I like. For some reason that word just has never set well with me. I even asked my brother to not use it the other day. He proceeded (tired for travel, hurting and not feeling well) that he would Fing use that word when he Fing wanted too....so I proceed (hating that word) to tell him to Fing go ahead and I would Fing his mouth out with soap! Nothing happened from there.

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    1. We all have those words that are too much for us. I like using a well-placed f-bomb, but not during class.

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  5. Mr. F sounds like a very effective teacher for the continuation school.

    betty

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  6. Can't use that word, dude. I wonder if his parents know he listens to music with those lyrics?

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    1. It wouldn't surprise me that they do. Now, whether it's a battle to keep him in line or if they've just let him go, I have no idea.

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  7. Happy F-ing End of the School Year! ;)

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  8. Of course Brent would chime in. It gave him an excuse to say the word and then deflect the blame.

    I don't think I've ever been so into music that I've started singing while in public. I wonder how good the song really was.

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    1. It's Earvin's song. Think hip hop with lots of cussing. And violence and misogyny.

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  9. Oh he knew what he was doing lmao

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    1. He's an interesting kid. Kind of oblivious. (I think drugs have taken their toll on his brain.)

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  10. Mr. F's bio was an inspiring read. That's cool that he continues to teach. Good for him!

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  11. My brother is a high school teacher. I like to think of him being like Mr. F: calm, but the master of his class. Of course, I haven't sat through a class with him, so who knows.
    Enjoy your summer vacation!

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    1. Summer vacation... *snort*
      (See next week.)

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  12. Well, is he at least a good singer? LOL

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    1. Nope, not at all. And he's a musician, so perhaps he needs to rethink his life goals...

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  13. Mr F sounds like a brilliant teacher. No gray just black and white.

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  14. Love how the one kid said the F-bomb to tell you that the other did. *sigh*

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    1. Yeah... Ah well. At least this time it was more of a "I agree with you" than an excuse to cuss in class.

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  15. Ahhh one of my favorite words but yeah not in that time and place.

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