How to get out of English 4--I don't know if it all posted before
Some major reasons used to try to get out of having me for English 4 (people wanted in to Honors 2 etc): 1. I can't have her; she is too short. If I am going to fail, I want to fail from someone taller than my kneecaps (they gave him Sister Gilmary , a Nolan sized nun) 2. I don't know any English; she will expect me to know something and I am going to have to learn what I don't know as well as wha
t she wants. 3. I am related to her (he wasn't) and it would make us both uncomfortable for me to have to grade his work (he was told the only thing we shared was breathing space). He was not moved. 4.I have a life. 5.I have her and Joe Seaman ; I can't have them both. I need a life. 6.I have a job. 7. I play football (that never worked bc Madiera liked me and made them stay and they had a pass to stay after school any day with me for extra help to come to practice late.) 8. I am scared of her (one parent laughed at her big kid for that one; she said, "I have seen her; she is five foot nothing and must not weigh 100, what is there to be scared of?") 9. i have her for class, homeroom and study hall; should I really have her for all three? She even makes us be quiet in homeroom and study hall.
Then there were the football players who spent a week carrying things for the nuns (Greg, Ryan, Ray, you know who you are) trying to get out and they made them stay. But they had fun and Greg went back and thanked the nun for making him stay. I think the main reason was I didn't mind explaining the dirty jokes in Shakespeare and they thought them hilarious.
Sister Sandy in guidance used to say tell me when you are going to give back your first English 4 test of the year because I am closing the door and going back to the convent early that day because they would take the test and beg. She would ignore them and occasionally a kid said, "She put me in your class on purpose. I am not allowed to complain about it." Once in 1990 I offered them the chance to read a book and take a test on it after school and replace that grade with their bad test grade and they complained it was too hard of an extra credit so I cancelled extra credit for the year. I remember saying now you have something to complain about.