When you open the dictionary to look for the definition of male brooding teenager - you see a picture of my Art II student that I will call Mr. No.
Mr. No is tall and handsome with large girl-catching eyes and hair that falls at just the right angle. Mr. No is always seen in classic rock t-shirts, Pink Floyd, Nirvana (classic to him), or Led Zeppelin. Mr. No is also a negative nancy, just because. Anything, and I mean anything, people bring up it's always (with an Elvis snarl), "No, I don't like that." Or "No, that's lame." Or "No, I don't want to do that, go there, or date her." I think you could hand him Avril Lavigne naked on a platter and he'd say "No" out of principle.
Which brings up our interesting conversation today. Mr. No said, in all seriousness - of course - "I think we're all like, whatever, because we have to be here. Like it's a law. It's not like a job where you've got a choice. So if we have to be here it's a whole lot better to do nothing than to do something so, whatever." (Verbatim, adding in appropriate eye rolls and exhalations)
Teacher sigh. But it got me thinking, what if high school were a choice? What if kids had more say in the matter, what would they say? How would they structure it? I think once the free fall of chaos stopped, they'd step to the plate. My dream high school would have looked like this:
10a.m.-11a.m. - Silent Reading
11a.m.-12p.m. - Socializing
12p.m. - 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 - 3:00 Art
3:30-5:00 Socialize, Snack, Eat, Ride Horses
5:00-7:00 Creative Writing
7:00-Sleep Eat, Socialize, Draw, Paint
What about you? What would your dream schedule have been? (And btw, that's still pretty much my dream schedule, though my writing time would be flipped to the early a.m. hours now)
High School Definition of the Day - Screamo - A form of music combining soul-growling screams performed by people that look like emos. More devilish sounding than punk. Prounounced with a long e. Much loved by my Art II student with the snake bite piercings.
Wikipedia definition: Screamo is a music genre which predominantly evolved from emo, among other genres, in the early 1990s. The term "screamo" was initially applied to a more aggressive offshoot of emo that developed in San Diego in 1991, which used short songs that grafted "spastic intensity to willfully experimental dissonance and dynamics." Screamo is a particularly dissonant style of emo influenced by hardcore punk and uses typical rock instrumentation, but is noted for its brief compositions, chaotic execution, and screaming vocals. The genre is "generally based in the aggressive side of the overarching punk-revival scene," although the term can be vague, and other styles of music, such as post-hardcore and metalcore, are often mislabeled "screamo". In addition to straightforward screamo bands, this list includes bands which playfusion genres such as crunkcore.