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#1 Grapefruits

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:11 PM

France: Teacher suspended for suicide note homework

London: A teacher in France has been suspended after asking a class of teenagers to write suicide notes. The man, who has not been named, is a French teacher at the Antoine-Delafont school in Montmoreau-Saint-Cybard, near Angouleme, France, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

He told the 13 to 14-year-olds to imagine what they would say to themselves if they were about to end their lives out of "disgust" for their lives.

The assignment, set in October, read: "You've just turned 18. You've decided to end your life. Your decision is definitive.

The teacher told the students to imagine what they would say to themselves if they were about to end their lives.
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"In a final surge you decide to put in words the reason behind your decision. In the style of a self-portrait, you describe the disgust you have for yourself. Your text will retrace certain events in your life at the origin of these feelings."

Jean-Marie Renault, the school head, confirmed that the teacher had now been "officially notified" of his suspension, following complaints from parents, the Mail added.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

lol How could he of thought that would be a good idea?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:25 PM

I can almost see how that's a decent-ish creative writing idea, but definitely not a good plan for 13-14 year olds. At all.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

Teacher sounds like a shrink.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:59 PM

Don't see the huge deal about it. It's not like he's telling them to commit suicide. Maybe if the homework was to think of stuff you would say to yourself to get out of committing suicide would make more sense.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

i would write that this teacher was an ahole in my note.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

There's a lot of creative writing exercises that would be more beneficial to students.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:11 PM

That's really disturbing. Can't imagine being forced to think about something like that
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

Kids that age are SO impressionable and if there's an ounce of instability in any of them, this could lead down a dangerous path.

I know you can't shield kids from things and have always believed that discussion about any topic is a good thing, but this angle just seems wrong.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:26 AM

Seems like it might be an interesting assignment for college, for 13-14 year olds not so much.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:33 PM

He probally should have known he would get complaints.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:59 PM

had a similar assignment for a philosophy class once

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:32 AM

Gotta agree with the majority, sounds like a great creative tool for a subjective mind, but not early teens.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:45 AM

I can almost see how that's a decent-ish creative writing idea, but definitely not a good plan for 13-14 year olds. At all.


That's pretty much how I took it.
I don't think he should get fired over it though.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:56 AM

Only the French...
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:14 AM

It's situations like these that beg me to ask "what in the world as the world become that things like this would happen?" :picard:

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:02 AM

Only the French...


Which is why the French parents complained about it? Let's not be silly here. Both Deb and That's What She Said, made great points.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:32 AM

He probally should have known he would get complaints.


Probally? C'mon.

You're lucky you got onto CDC early. In a few years when you hit 13-14 years, you'll probably be tougher mentally than a lot of the other kids your age and not have to worry about incidents like this really messing you up if it were to happen.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:23 AM

Definitely too young for a discussion like this. I could see it being an English assignment for 2/3rd year Uni, but not for 14 y/o's. Thinking about it, I'd probably go with some sort of Nietzschean nihilism, ".. everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one shoulder to the plough; one destroys" (Will to Power).

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