'Honor thy teachers,' and other commandments of school

Many of us students (including me) are horrible at being good students. We do stupid, annoying things inside and outside the classroom everyday. Fortunately, there might be a way to lead the sheep back onto the road to salvation. Here are the Ten Commandments of school:

1, Thou shalt keep thy hand down if someone else is already talking. Students should not be raising their hands when someone else is already talking, because it is rude. I find it highly annoying when there is this wonderfully intelligent person near me raising his hand when I am talking. The teacher usually knows who had their hands up and will call on them accordingly.

2. Honor thy teachers. First of all, students have a tendency to talk to each other while the teacher is speaking. Once a teacher starts to speak, everyone should be listening attentively. Second, do not ever argue with a teacher –– especially when the teacher is right. Third, don’t make disparaging comments about teachers in front of other teachers. It is understandable that not all the teachers may be likable, but do not go off on rants about other teachers in front of teachers you do like.

3. Thou shalt use thy time in class wisely. Students must not do wildly stupid things in class, such as playing cards, doing homework for other classes and playing various games. It may seem that the teacher does not know, but you’d be surprised.

4. Thou shalt do thy grooming outside of class. Class is not the time to be putting on makeup or flossing your teeth (yes, I am dead serious). Putting on some Chapstick, lip gloss/balm or lotion is acceptable, but please take the more earnest hygienic/grooming activities to the restroom.

5. Thou shalt keep stupid comments to thyself. There are some students who always have something to say whenever the teacher says something. Sometimes, they try to be funny, but they’re not.

6. Thou shalt try to ignore the clock. Sometimes, students start to feel very comfortable and say things they shouldn’t (usually around the “nice” teachers). Stop talking about how bad you want lunch loud enough for the teacher to hear. Furthermore, don’t start packing when the teacher is still speaking. Both things are very rude. Let the clock go. Set it free. And then, you shall be free, too.

7. If thou must eat during class, thou shalt not put the food on the table/desk. I cringe when I see students putting chips/crackers on the desks. The least they can do is put them on top of a tissue. School furniture isn’t entirely sanitary.

8. Thou shalt wear sensible clothes. Almost every morning, I hear students complaining about how cold they are when they didn’t even bring something warm to wear. The fact that they don’t want to carry it around during the day is not acceptable; people nowadays complain excessively. Trust me; it isn’t difficult to bring at least a sweatshirt to wear just in case the weather/classroom becomes chillier than expected.

9. Thou shalt not walk so slowly that I want to bonk thee on thy head. I’m not saying that students should walk fast all the time, but there are students who seriously cause traffic. They walk oh-so-slowly, or stop altogether.

10. Thou shalt not take advantage of friends/acquaintances for their homework and studiousness. There are some people who don’t do their assignments and always rely on others for answers. Often, they are the irresponsible ones in group assignments. Don’t take advantage of the studiousness of others.

I haven’t included things such as coming to class on time and doing homework, because if you can’t do those, you shouldn’t be in high school.

As I mentioned, I am far from being the perfect student, so I am not acting self-righteous. Anyway, let’s give our teachers less stress. And let’s be smarter.

Sovereigna Jun is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School.

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