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Rated: ASR · Message Forum · Inspirational · #2281472
Most teachers are amazing, but sometimes . . .
Status: Open
Round 3 Deadline: January 15, 2024

This contest was inspired by some conversations I've been having with friends and family about my plans for educating my son. Learning is intrinsically enjoyable, but school often takes the enjoyment out of learning for many students. Personally, I enjoyed school for the most part, but many of my friends didn't. I remember one in particular saying over and over, "I can't wait to get out of this place."

This sentiment is nothing new. It has been expressed in countless songs and other media over the years. Here is one of my favorite examples:

Here are a few more examples:

Feel free to suggest more to add to this list if any come to mind!

I've recently heard two educators from different school districts complain that parents are not teaching their children to respect authority anymore. Here's my take on that: respect has to go both ways. Both as a student and as a merit badge instructor, I've noticed that when educators respect their students, the class runs much more smoothly. That's the nutshell version, at least. If you'd like to read my full rant along with some thoughts and feelings from others, you can read this forum thread:

The bottom line is that students often feel trapped and powerless in school, but it doesn't have to be that way. As a parent, my plan is to offer my child a choice between homeschool, public school, or independent study. If he encounters a teacher he feels doesn't respect him, then I'll file any necessary paperwork to get him into a better learning environment.

A teacher disrespects students and wastes their time with off-topic rants. One student talks to his parents, and they agree the teacher's behavior is too disruptive to the learning environment. They help their son set up an independent study plan for the topic. Their son forms a study group with some classmates who also want to drop the course. Word quietly spreads, and more students form their own study groups. The next time the teacher gives an annoying off-topic lecture, the entire class walks out.

Please feel free to deviate from the genders used to describe the characters in the prompt. The family structure is up to you as well. Fanfiction will be accepted as long as the story can be enjoyed by someone who is not familiar with the fandom. You may include additional characters if desired such as friends of the main character, siblings, school administrators, etc. If you like, you may use non-human characters, write in second person, go forward or back in time, and more! Have fun with it!

Length: 1,000 to 10,000 words
Format: Short story
Language: English

Grand Prize: 25,000 GP
First Runner Up: 15,000 GP
Second Runner Up: 10,000 GP
Honorable mentions: 5,000 GP

Round 3 Deadline: January 15, 2024
Results will be announced on or before February 1, 2024

Round 2 (August 2023) winners!
Grand Prize:
 We Stand Together  (E)
Written for "Not Just Another Brick in the Wall" contest.
#2302619 by Lorelei

First Runner Up:
Redland's Revenge  (ASR)
This is based off of the "Not Just Another Brick In The Wall" prompt
#2289883 by Moonstone

Second Runner Up:
WriterRick (see message board responses)

Round 1 (January 2023) winners!
Grand Prize:
 Teacher, Teacher Made A Mistake  (ASR)
Written for: Not joust Another Brick In The Wall Contest 2281472
#2288537 by dogpack:saving 4 premium: DWG

First Runner Up:
  Fiction & Nonfiction  (E)
#1891402 by jaya

Second Runner Up:
 Contest Entries  (13+)
Most entries are going to be E rated but some may go beyond that.
#2208434 by Angelica- Cinderella detective
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by Lorelei  •  08-15-23 @ 5:09 pm
by WriterRick  •  07-06-23 @ 12:50 pm
by Moonstone  •  02-06-23 @ 3:43 pm
by 🎗️GeminiGem🎗️  •  01-24-23 @ 5:43 pm
by K5Rakitan  •  01-24-23 @ 3:43 pm
by 🎗️GeminiGem🎗️  •  01-24-23 @ 1:09 pm
by dogpack:saving 4 premium: DWG  •  01-14-23 @ 6:25 pm
by jaya  •  01-14-23 @ 10:00 am
by jaya  •  01-06-23 @ 11:59 pm
by Angelica- Cinderella detective  •  01-02-23 @ 9:09 pm

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