I've just about had it with LBS at this point, when I first made my transfer from Tycho Brahe I was hyped out of my mind because this was my big chance to work with what I've been wanting to work with since I was 10: video game development! Sure, I had to start over from year one but who cares, what are 2 years of extra time spent in high school when I can finally do what makes me happy? And for the most time I was actually happy. Sure, I hit a lot of snags during my first 2 years due to transfer complications, messed up schedules, personal problems and whatnot, but things were looking promising. I'm on my third and last year, the year where our class gets split up so one half could focus on the design aspects of game developing while the other half specializes in programming. It's a
pretty sweet deal and our subjects looked really interesting, but it's turned into a steep downward spiral for many of us.
There are a lot of factors going into this, but the biggest issue by far are the teachers we ended up with. We changed form teachers yet again, and these ones know and care even less about game development than the previous ones. While our Sound Media teacher is alright, the teacher who's supposed to educate us in Game Design, Graphical Communication and Virtual Environments (rough translations) seems to be completely clueless on how to teach us. Sure, he knows his stuff but either he's extremely apathetic or thinks that you can educate a flock of howler monkeys by whispering two sentence lectures at the start of every class. The majority of our class are sadly imbeciles, yet for some reason they are never disciplined or given any sorts of penalties for spending the entire day screaming, playing LoL, jumping on the tables etc. One of these reasons might be because this teacher is hardly ever present during class, he just disappears and sometimes leaves an hour early. Not that you'd notice, his presence does absolutely nothing and none of the students have a shred of respect for him (and in all honesty, why would they?).
This might seem like a bunch of whining, "but Regina, why don't you get off your lazy ass and talk to him about it?" Well that's just the problem, I have talked to him about this, as well as several other teachers. I've suggested material for us to study, everything from references to videos and various types of tutorials. Everyone nods and thanks me for the advice and they'll keep it in mind but nothing ever happens. No matter how many times I complain and suggest solutions I get polite and half-enthusiastic answers, I might as well be talking to a brick wall.
And the saddest part is that this isn't the first time, I went through the exact same shit in second grade when many of us felt we were getting nowhere during the art and religion classes. Once again I suggested material we could look through to keep the students interested and invested, and while they were nodding and thanking me for it and promising they'd bring it up next class, it never happened and we didn't see a shadow of the stuff I showed them. At least our art teacher had the excuse of not really being an art teacher and knowing little to nothing about drawing, but you'd have to ask yourself what on Earth you were smoking when you agreed to be an art teacher in that case.
This year we were assigned with a real art teacher who had a promising reputation among the other students, but we ended up spending the entire year on making fanzines. Because THAT'S what you want to focus on during art class with game dev students! Let's not take advantage of this guy's superior education and finally learn shit about concept art or anything remotely connected to what we came here for. Let's spend every Thursday morning with making intentionally shitty fake magazines.
And by the looks of things, there isn't much I can do about our situation. I mean our best game dev teacher is quitting in a couple of weeks so I don't think we're going to learn anything new. We haven't learned anything truly useful or interesting this year so far. Even if I somehow magically convince our teachers to teach what we were promised to learn when we first started out here, what could we accomplish in these few months we have left before graduation? I really don't want to have to resort to dragging the principal into this mess again (not that it did a whole lot of good last time either) but I'm afraid I don't see any other solutions.
Our class may be notorious for having the most impressive collection of phenomenal idiots, but those of us who want to accomplish something shouldn't be left suffering for it. Because if our teachers can't be arsed to invest their worktime in doing their job, why the fuck should we? If I have to rally the class into another rage and take a petition or whatever, then so be it.
I've done everything I can do on my own, I've tried to talk this out and be supportive and constructive with many teachers but I've had enough of this dead-end of a school.
Listening to: Children of Bodom - Roadkill Morning
Playing: Pokémon Platinum