I have altered the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.
This is one of my favorite Robot Chicken clips of all time. I posted it on my site a couple years ago and noticed it was getting a lot of hits recently. Out of curiosity, I dove into my admin panel to see where it was coming from. Apparently some kid posted it in a PlayStation 3 forum as kids were bitching about who knows what kind of terms of agreement.
Facebook has started linking some of my info. to pages, right… so I get curious and check out what they had to say about one of the schools I went to:
Thomas Jefferson School, or TJ as it is known to students and faculty, was founded in 1946 by Robin McCoy, Charles E. Merrill Jr. (son of a founder of Merrill Lynch;also started the Commonwealth School in Massachusetts), and Graham Spring. They planned to establish, in the Midwest, a boarding school with academic standards equal to those of its more famous New England peers. They also tried to create a school whose governance rested with the faculty, patterned after the colleges that comprise Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which are faculty-governed institutions. Teachers who remain at the school for a relatively long period of time automatically become Board members; there are also a number of outside, nonfaculty Board members drawn from the alumni, past parents, and friends of the school.
For its first twenty-five years, TJ remained a boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12, with a demanding curriculum and success in sending students to top colleges. In the 1950s, owing to the school’s high standards and prevailing practices in college admission, it was a feeder for Harvard. The school became coed in 1971. During the 1970s, the school also began admitting students as five-day boarders, an option for families who live in the “middle distance” and for some others who live closer to the school. The school added an eighth grade in 1976 and a seventh grade in 1981.
Robin McCoy remained Headmaster for 34 years, and Lawrence Morgan (TJ ‘53) succeeded him in the summer of 1980. William C. Rowe (TJ ‘63) succeeded Mr. Morgan as Head of School in July, 2000.
The school is located on 20 acres (81,000 m) in the middle of St. Louis’s South County suburbs. It is somewhat unique in that it is extremely small for a school of its kind, with only 82 students from grades 7 through 12, about one fourth of whom are international students. Boarding students and day students attend in about equal numbers.
TJ is focused on the classics, and the ideal of a classical education in general, balanced by a strong math program (all students continue through calculus) and Advanced Placement work in science and history for all students. The Greek program, in particular, is among the best in the nation. Classes, all in the morning, are discussion-oriented and relatively short, at 35 minutes. Students spend the remainder of the day studying independently, engaged in athletics and other extracurriculars, or consulting privately with the thirteen faculty members, some of whom live on campus. Supervisory staff also includes two Resident Assistants.
As ranked by the Boarding School Review, the median SAT scores of seniors are among the highest in the nation for boarding schools: 710 reading, 670 math, 690 writing. The school also has a good deal of success in sending its students to top colleges and universities, with a large share of its alumni going on to attend liberal arts colleges.
The school has long held membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and Midwest Boarding Schools (MWBS), and in 1997 it gained full accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
…I left, for my own sanity, after one year… to go back to a joke of a public school that ended up giving me three full years of nothing but heavy discrimination.
Although I don’t regret any of it, I sometimes wonder where I might be had I stayed at TJ ‘til graduation.
when you are told that you can no longer express yourself about most things in life, specifically issues that bring on the venting… and you can’t speak the things you really want to say… and you find yourself no longer being able to truly be yourself…
…you start to become really, really passive aggressive and resentful.
you know you have the greatest best friend ever when she texts you, first off telling you you don’t have to respond because she knows you’re in another country and it will cost you a lot of money… then goes on to say how she misses you and is sorry to hear of your horrible travel luck. then continues to explain how she wanted to surprise you with flowers at your hotel, but didn’t know who to contact to get the hotel information without asking you.