For The Nasties

I’ve always assumed that home schooling was an urban legend, but apparently even before the pandemic it has already been a thing. And these kids, surprisingly, have been taking it quite seriously. My sister sent me a video clip of my niece during her online class, and the students were quite intense.

I’m not sure how I would have fared had I been home schooled decades ago. I would probably get extremely bored and start writing about useless crap. On one hand home schooling could have probably saved me from the physical bullying of my nasty classmates, but it would have also deprived me of the good stuff–such as the misadventures I could nostalgically, self-indulgently blog about many decades hence. Speaking of bullying, I’ve managed to keep track of the lives of these horrific childhood villains, and in all fairness most of them managed to turn their lives around and became upstanding members of the community. Some even became my friends.

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I’ve had a lot of time to unnecessarily reflect on how I was as a student, aided by old stuff I’ve been trying to dispose of in a futile attempt at spring cleaning. Sometimes these reminiscences made me laugh, but most of the time they made me cringe. Like if I could go back in time I would probably slap myself. In as much as I’ve felt like a hero being put through a wringer by nefarious bullies, I’m pretty sure I was a nasty little whiny bitch myself. So for the record, I would like to apologize to everyone who perceived my totally innocuous actions as something offensive. Just kidding, I am genuinely apologizing, I was wrong. In some aspects.

For some reason I am reminded of an incident years ago while I was riding a jeep on my way to the hospital. I was working as a lowly resident at that time and was running quite late–I was already imagining my irate senior tapping her foot while waiting for me in the lobby. I was very sleepy, very tired, and very annoyed at my general state of affairs. I eavesdropped on two gradeschool kids talking about their classmate Alma. One kid said, “Ang galing ni Alma, ang taas ng grades sa mga exam. Siguradong sya ang magiging pinakamayaman sa atin.”

All together now: AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH.

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2 replies

  1. There are benefits to homeschooling, I’m sure, but I can’t imagine it for myself.

    Listening to kids talk offers innocent entertainment. On the one hand, you want to tell them, “That’s not how life goes, my dear,” but on the other, you want to let them be. They’ll figure things out for themselves eventually. Grades, certainly, aren’t everything. I once thought graduating class valedictorian in high school would get me somewhere; not until I overheard my classmates reveal that they, too, were on top of their classes.


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