What do you do when you don't like the way your teacher talks to you, and you're struggling to become a high school graduate?

"OK look I am struggling to become a high school graduate, but I'm 19 years old and I don't have that many options left. i understand education is very important but what do you do when your teacher has a god complex and takes advantage of her educational position by making comments like "i dont wanna hear no back talk from you". she thought i was listening to music in class but i was listening to [Obama's] moving speech about race in america, and tried to tell her that, but she doesn't listen. Please help out the little guy in Tennessee!"

Asked by Nick after reviewing the article, "Barack Obama on Education":
In Topics: School and Academics, Working with my child's teacher(s), Teen issues
> 60 days ago



Boys Town National Hotline
Feb 8, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Although it is great that you wanted to listen to President Obama’s speech about race in America, doing so in the classroom was not acceptable to your teacher.  How were you listening to the speech?  In most schools using cell phones and personal music players are not allowed, so it's not surprising that you got into some trouble for using it in class.

Bottom line, when you are in school you need to abide by the teacher's rules, not your own ideas of what you "think" should be OK to do.  When you do something wrong, the mature thing is to take responsibility for the mistake and apologize.  This will help you in your school as well as in all area of your life.  

If you are not sure if you are going to be able to graduate, you need to ask your guidance counselor what is you need to do, and then make it happen!  If you don't know how to make it happen, ask for help!  Asking for help is another skill which will help you throughout your life.  There are options available to you so DON’T GIVE UP!!!  Graduating from high school is essential to getting a good job or going on to a community college or a university.  

Our Hotline is available 24/7 for teenagers like you who may need advice and support.  We talk to teens from many different backgrounds and in many different situations.  
Best wishes to you and your future!

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