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'I am, in fact, a customer': University student calls out their professor for providing "bad service" after receiving an unfair grade

While it's probably a controversial take, the argument stands with strong reason: If you're a landlord or a professor or in any other position where someone is paying you for something you're providing them… you're providing a service, and the person paying you is entitled to good service. Far too many of these "service providers" not only regard this as unnecessary but also regard themselves as above the person paying them and use this to placate their nagging conscience. Who hasn't had a land…
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Single Mom Gives $2,000/per Semester to Her Spoiled Daughter's College Tuition, Girl Complains ‘[Mom] Should Be Paying More’

College is expensive, yet it's widely believed that to be a successful (employed) adult, you need a degree. As if a little piece of paper with fancy script and the name of the overpriced university you attended is going to prove that you're responsible. In our next story, one college girl proves that there are a lot of life lessons and privileges that are completely ignored during your college years– especially if you're an entitled brat.
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'A blank slide showed up on the screen': Student exposes their lazy group project partner in front of the entire school

Group projects are the worst. Let's face it, no one has ever been a part of one and had a good time… except for the people who are getting a passing grade without doing any of the work. Even then, are those people really enjoying themselves? Or are they just suffering through life like the rest of us? I've mentioned this a few times in the past, but the most brutal experience I ever had with a group project was also at the culmination of my university experience. My final project partially cons…
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'Frankly, he's a clown': Good-for-nothing PhD supervisor gets called out when his student reveals his secret nickname

Teachers are the compass by which students can find their way through the vast seas of human knowledge. If you're lucky, your teacher is a trustworthy guide and can help you discover every corner of our universe. But sometimes, your assigned teacher is a total dud who can hardly point due north.
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'We stuck... 25k plastic forks in the football field':25 Students who pulled off impressive senior pranks on their teachers and administrators

'We stuck... 25k plastic forks in the football field': 25 Students who pulled off impressive senior pranks on their teachers and administrators

When it comes to pranks, I'm a big fan of the students who pranked a teacher with a strict phone policy. Apparently, this teacher had a policy that if a student's phone rang during class, the kid had to answer it on speak phone, in front of every other student. So one day, a girl decides to prank this teacher. Someone calls her during class, and she answers, and on speakerphone, the voice clarifies they're from a “pregnancy resource center. " The person on the phone cheerfully tells the student…
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'I made her fail': Student tells of getting paired with her tormentor for a group project, makes sure she fails

There are definitely some (many) parables out there that teach us that we should always seek to rise above the actions of our tormenters, taking the high road and killing them with kindness rather than sinking to their level. Still, you'll often find that the reality in life is that this isn't always an option, and your tormenters won't give you any space to choose any other path than the one that has been provided to you. And, the one that has been provided to you (often of their own making) b…
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'I hate standardized tests': Teacher helps her students pass by defying standardized test's rules

There's really no better thing as a kid than watching an authority figure whom you respect rebelling against the higher power that controls all of your destiny. Now, I've written a few rants on the pages of Fail Blog about standardized tests and the fact that their design and administration really only encourage schools to build their curriculum to pass that specific test—at the cost of actual learning, knowledge, and real-life experiences. The best teachers I've ever had were the ones who were…
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'We knew we were playing with fire': Professors fail students, students tell dean, dean fails professors

There's always a bigger fish when it comes to the chain of command; if someone tells you they have the biggest and brassiest bells, you can almost guarantee they're still answering to someone whose bells are bigger and brassy-er. Still, people like to pretend that they're in charge and wield whatever power they have with impunity, and they certainly don't like being reminded that they do, in fact, answer to a higher power—especially when that reminder comes from some upstart students who are su…
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'I used my meal plan to feed over 120 less fortunate people': College student gets back at uptight university and their scamming meal system by feeding the less fortunate

Student meal halls are a pretty strange aspect of the university experience; while they're not really a scam, they're obviously designed to take advantage of students' funds suspiciously like one—as if you weren't paying enough already. See, usually, you have to pay a set amount at the start of each semester based on how much you think you'll spend at the student dining hall. Usually, this will come in the form of paying real money onto your student card in exchange for fake credits or some oth…
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'Go with your gut!': Student fails test after changing their correct answers, shares teacher's message

Test-taking is, itself, a skill. And those of us who struggle with the technique of taking the actual test likely didn't have a great time in school, no matter what our actual aptitude for the subjects was. It gets worse than that, though, when governments impose standardized tests to gauge the school's performance, entire curriculums become geared toward not learning the subjects but passing the test itself.
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'Enjoy the end of your law career': College student pizza guy ends law student boss's career before it starts

Working while in university is an interesting experience. Every time you're at work, there are people trying to convince you that the smoothie and salad shop in which you're working is the most important thing, more important than that test you need to study for to pass the class that is going to get you the degree you're actually working for. “That's all well and good, but there's no way my minimum-wage job is the most important thing in my life right now,” you tell yourself. It's only five ye…
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'This has been a learning experience: Clueless project member gets failed for lack of contribution

It's no secret at this point that most people deride group projects, which are often little more than an excuse by the teacher to make students occupy each other rather than have to teach for that week. But, fair enough, it's a lot of work having a lesson planned for every single day of the week. Especially when that's in addition to actually teaching and then grading that lesson. Teachers deserve the breathing space, and putting a bit of the onus of their own education onto the students isn't…
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'I passed with honors [...] the rest all failed': Student tricks other members of her group project into failing class

Group projects serve as an important lesson to students to prepare them for the rest of their working lives. That lesson is that you can never, and should never, rely on any of your working peers for support and that you'll—more than likely—end up doing their work for them. After all, isn't that the biggest takeaway that everyone has from these experiences? Sure, it's not like you'll ever hear about or remember the time that you had a group that worked perfectly together, but you'll always reme…
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'I decided right then that, no matter what, I wasn't caving': Student won't do mandatory senior project, school's administration makes it their mission to get student to comply

'I decided right then that, no matter what, I wasn't caving': Student refuses to do mandatory senior project, school's administration makes it their mission to get student to comply

This student is single-handedly tanking their school's project scores, and in typical teenage fashion, they don't care about the project at all. By senior year of high school , a lot of students are fully checked out. At that age, you probably have a car, a job, and dreams of life after high school, like attending college or moving out of your parent's place. Senior year rolls around and students find it hard to take it seriously. High school is so close to no longer mattering to you that schoo…
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'Somebody has an idea: What if we do an "anti prank"?': High school seniors plan anticlimactic pranks to fool their teachers, news stations report on the school's reaction

'Somebody has an idea: What if we do an "anti prank"?': High school seniors plan anticlimactic pranks to fool their teachers, news stations report on the school's reaction

These students had an absolutely hilarious idea for their senior prank — and it was so effective that their school ended up on the news.
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'I got my principal fired when I was 12': Singled-out student defeats tyrant school principal

There are times in our lives when we mistakenly believe that an authority figure has our best interests in mind… when really their only vested interest is in their own authority—and their ability to wield it with impunity. Yes, these people grew up believing that the phrase “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” was some kind of challenge—a promise of reward for tyranny. In 7th grade, this student got into trouble for using inappropriate language towards a teacher and received an in-school suspen…
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