Monday, July 20, 2009

School Master of One

Let us hope my ugly old ass is up to it. The Other half is up to it.

Chapter 21
Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

VACATION was approaching. The schoolmaster, always severe, grew severer and more exacting than ever, for he wanted the school to make a good showing on "Examination" day. His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now -- at least among the smaller pupils. Only the biggest boys, and young ladies of eighteen and twenty, escaped lashing. Mr. Dobbins' lashings were very vigorous ones, too; for although he carried, under his wig, a perfectly bald and shiny head, he had only reached middle age, and there was no sign of feebleness in his muscle. As the great day approached, all the tyranny that was in him came to the surface; he seemed to take a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least shortcomings. The consequence was, that the smaller boys spent their days in terror and suffering and their nights in plotting revenge. They threw away no opportunity to do the master a mischief. But he kept ahead all the time. The retribution that followed every vengeful success was so sweeping and majestic that the boys always retired from the field badly worsted. At last they conspired together and hit upon a plan that promised a dazzling victory. They swore in the sign-painter's boy, told him the scheme, and asked his help. He had his own reasons for being delighted, for the master boarded in his father's family and had given the boy ample cause to hate him. The master's wife would go on a visit to the country in a few days, and there would be nothing to interfere with the plan; the master always prepared himself for great occasions by getting pretty well fuddled, and the sign-painter's boy said that when the dominie had reached the proper condition on Examination Evening he would "manage the thing" while he napped in his chair; then he would have him awakened at the right time and hurried away to school.


  1. are you telling me you are going to be a school teacher??

  2. Good luck this year. I can only imagine where things are headed within the schools now.

  3. I guess I should clarify a bit.

    We will be schooling my daughter at home. She is enrolled in an Acedemy.
    I am happy because I will have more control over the things that she will be learning.

    Last year was spent watching the ineptitude of the site coach and the teaching staff. They now no longer teach a rounded education.

    In Florida they teach so the student can pass the FCAT at the end of the year.

    So we will try other alternatives.
    The last school year was a dismal year. We watched our daughter stagnate in a learning situation that was nothing short of bedlam. She learned little that would move her forward in her education. The clock is running and time is on the move, with or without you.

  4. good for you! I agree with you on that some of the things my daughtr has come home with boggles my mind.This last year of high school she has a lot of work to do.

  5. I hear ya on public schools.


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