Dear Mesmerizing Meg: Today I had English. I messed about in class, talking, throwing paper around, etc. My teacher said that unless I started to behave I would be punished. I ignored this and carried on, tallking and messing about, and my teacher gave me a last warning. Again I carried on talking; she then said DETENTION this friday 315pm — 5pm. As this is my first detention, I had no idea it was for so long! We have to sit at our desks in TOTAL silence and write punishment essays. I have to write a 4 page essay on why its so important to behave in class. I said sorry to my teacher and explained if I had known how long detention was, I would have behaved, and because of that and the fact I have said sorry I should be let off. She said NO NO NO I will be punished and I need to learn that if you break the rules or misbehave you will be punished. I think I should be let off and given another chance. What do you think? ~Bad Girl Elizibeth
Kind bad girl: Thanks for asking! I think that your goose is cooked. You are so busted, and you’re headed straight to detention!
It was so nice of you to apologize to your teacher, and I really admire you for doing so. Now, show her how sorry you are by going to detention and writing the essay. And please, for the love of all that is holy, while you write the essay, capitalize your I’s. It took me forever to change all your lower-case i’s into upper case ones for my blog! Gracious!
Think about this from your teacher’s perspective: she has to manage about twenty or thirty kids at once, and she has to spend the hour on her feet teaching you guys, and she has to resist the urge to throttle miscreants like you who act up. You know what she could’ve done to you? Defenestration–the act of throwing wayward children out the window. But being nice and kind, she gave you detention instead. Maybe make your essay a four-page extended apology and promise of future good deeds.
In all seriousness, teaching is extremely hard work. It takes a lot of extroverted, social energy that most people just don’t have. It can be really grueling. Imagine if you’ve been put in charge of a classroom of Kindergarteners, and it’s up to you to get them all to do something. It’s that hard!
I know you didn’t realize detention would last for so long, but at least it’s not held in a torture chamber. And it wasn’t really your teacher’s responsibility to let you know how long detention would be. But you can do it! And please behave yourself in the future!
It won’t seem that long, but pack a book in case you get done with your essay early. Your teacher will probably let you read it.