“You will never be able to communicate in the English language!” So pronounced my English teacher during my senior year of high school. Now she’s a retired teacher, and I’m a fairly well known writer. MOVE b**ch, get out da way! Two factors contributed to this. The first was the advent of the internet, and the second was my decision to completely forget everything I learned in school except typing class, a skill that served me well over the course of a lifetime.
When you toss in the word “public” there is a negative connotation. Public Works, Public Toilets, Public School. See how that works? The cookie cutter nature of the school system is restrictive to free thought. The kids who think outside the box are usually ostracized, and yet in the long run those very kids are the super achievers. They are the Steve Jobs, the Thomas Edisons, the