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As far back as I can remember I have always been one of the best athletes in my class Now at what cost in school did this fail me All through middle school is was pass or fail and the teachers would always tend to push me through even if I was struggling Once I hit high school I received my classes and most where a coach of some sort The ones that werent coached everyone would say oh that teacher loves athletes As an incoming student you dont really take anything like that into perspective So I started out going to my classes and sitting in the back just trying to get by As my years rolled on I always did the same thing I would sit in the back and goof off with the other athletes with no threats of consequence We would do half the homework and somehow our teachers would always find our homework at the end of the semester We then would receive no lower than a C in the class and once again be eligible to play sports My parents would get my report card and tell me you can do better if you would apply yourself but in my mind I didnt see a point I would tell them I would try harder and once again my next report card would read the sameIn the essay In praise of the F word Mary Sherry talks about the different reasons kids could be failing these days She starts out blaming drugs divorce and other impediments to concentration necessary for doing well in school Sherry teaches high school kids who have dropped out of school She hears all their stories on what went wrong and how they feel things should have been different Most to say they wish they had been failed they wish someone would have made them study and even wishing someone would have made them stop doing
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