Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hats Off to the Smart Ones

Okay, you know you're good when you can pull off a one hundred percent on an essay with a thesis that you think is utter bull-shit.
Example A: The School's New Food: Good Or Bad?
When I wrote this paper for health class, I picked a point that I originally agreed with. However, it was only when the paper was returned with a big, fat "A" on it, that I realized that what I had written, I didn't believe for an instant.
You also know you're good when you can make valid supporting statements for a debate taking place in English class.
Example B: The debate over the thesis statement over Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. You know, the term "Honors" is only used to make the teens in these classes sound smart. A better name for the class would be "Analyze-The-Hell-Out-Of-Any-Piece-Of-Writing-We-Give-You Class."
You further know that you're good when a teacher whom you positively DETEST (and vice versa) gives you top marks on a test you took, raising your grade by a few percents.
Final example: Today's test, third period, scored 102% and raised my grade by five percent.
As much as I like reveling in having awesome grades, I can't stand being the smart one. I mean, everyone turns to you for the answers and then you don't get anything in return. If you don't feed them the answers, then they don't like you. It's a lose lose situation here... but I do get the satisfaction of knowing that I worked for my 4.0.