History Main / SuckySchool

29th Oct '17 12:48:30 PM nombretomado
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* This was enforced in the American South before [[CivilRightsMovement schools were integrated]]. While the "separate but equal" doctrine meant that, in theory, schools for white and black students had to be treated the same way, in practice this was never enforced, and the black schools had the worst of everything -- usually the old, worn-out stuff that the white schools were throwing out and replacing. It was this abuse that led to the desegregation of the public school system.

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* This was enforced in the American South before [[CivilRightsMovement [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement schools were integrated]]. While the "separate but equal" doctrine meant that, in theory, schools for white and black students had to be treated the same way, in practice this was never enforced, and the black schools had the worst of everything -- usually the old, worn-out stuff that the white schools were throwing out and replacing. It was this abuse that led to the desegregation of the public school system.
8th Sep '17 4:43:39 PM ANTMuddle
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The InnerCitySchool is often the victim of this trope. The BoardingSchoolOfHorrors is even worse, especially because you have to live there.

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The InnerCitySchool is often the victim of this trope. The BoardingSchoolOfHorrors is even worse, especially because you have to live there. Contrast the CoolSchool, where even if it's not all sunshine and rainbows, it's well worth it.
19th Jun '17 3:12:03 PM Vir
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* [[TheSimpsons Springfield Elementary]] is regularly noted to be on a shoestring budget, mostly due to Principal Skinner (a Vietnam vet who still has flashbacks of the war and lives with his controlling mother) slashing the budget to the point that the kids drink "malk" and the meat is "Grade F."

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* [[TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Springfield Elementary]] Elementary is regularly noted to be on a shoestring budget, mostly due to Principal Skinner (a Vietnam vet who still has flashbacks of the war and lives with his controlling mother) slashing the budget to the point that the kids drink "malk" and the meat is "Grade F."



* The "Skool" from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is regularly acknowledged as both militant and under budget. Illustrative of this are the "hall passes", from the "Dark Harvest" episode, the first being [[ExplosiveLeash a collar that explodes upon leaving school premises]] and the "auxilliary hall pass" being a radiator the student is expected to lug around.

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* The "Skool" from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is regularly acknowledged as both militant and under budget. Illustrative of this are the "hall passes", from the "Dark Harvest" episode, the first being [[ExplosiveLeash a collar that explodes upon leaving school premises]] and the "auxilliary "auxiliary hall pass" being a radiator the student is expected to lug around.



* Lawndale High School in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', where the paranoid principal, Ms. Li, regularly siphons off funding intended for education into elaborate, expensive and unnecessary security and surveillance systems. She then attempts to make up the shortfall with dodgy get-rich-quick schemes and bogus sponsorship deals. All new pupils are psychologically screened, the teaching staff tend towards being either sugary idealists or burnt-out basket cases with deep-seated personal issues, and extremely bright pupils are mistrusted as they tend to ask awkward questions. Daria Morgendorffer fits as well as a fish on a bicycle, and everyone, including her, knows it.

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* Lawndale High School in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', where the paranoid principal, Ms. Li, regularly siphons off funding intended for education into elaborate, expensive and unnecessary security and surveillance systems. She then attempts to make up the shortfall with dodgy get-rich-quick schemes and bogus sponsorship deals. All new pupils are psychologically screened, the teaching staff tend tends towards being either sugary idealists or burnt-out basket cases with deep-seated personal issues, and extremely bright pupils are mistrusted as they tend to ask awkward questions. Daria Morgendorffer fits as well as a fish on a bicycle, and everyone, including her, knows it.
3rd Jun '17 10:50:37 PM angie710
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* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "[[ProudScholarlyRace men of letters]]". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].

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* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "[[ProudScholarlyRace "[[ProudScholarRace men of letters]]". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].
30th May '17 8:36:03 PM angie710
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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, the social culture of the school could best be described as [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPartTwo High School Part Two]], tuition costs a fortune (yet the students don't get much out of their education and don't really care), and the nearby community is a complete ghost town. (Oh, and their graduate program isn't much better.)

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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, the social culture of the school could best be described as [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPartTwo [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2 High School Part Two]], tuition costs a fortune (yet the students don't get much out of their education and don't really care), and the nearby community is a complete ghost town. (Oh, and their graduate program isn't much better.)



* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "men of letters". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].

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* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "men "[[ProudScholarlyRace men of letters".letters]]". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].




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* Many schools that operate on the WrongSideOfTheTracks or in a DyingTown can be this, or become this over time. Part of the problem, at least in the United States, is that public schools are largely funded by property taxes...and so [[{{Suburbia}} districts with higher property values]] tend to be able to fund better schools than areas that don't have those high property values, or where there are far more renters than homeowners.
30th May '17 8:31:56 PM angie710
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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, and the nearby community is a complete ghost town.

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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, the social culture of the school could best be described as [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPartTwo High School Part Two]], tuition costs a fortune (yet the students don't get much out of their education and don't really care), and the nearby community is a complete ghost town.town. (Oh, and their graduate program isn't much better.)
25th May '17 4:28:18 PM themisterfree
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* ''Film/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'' carries over this status for Jerome Horwitz Elementary from the books (see below).



* Jerome Horwitz Elementary in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''. The school library is shown as being almost completely free of books, with a librarian who discourages reading. The school also has signs posted [[AssimilationAcademy encouraging mindless conformity]]. The teachers are also pretty much entirely either idiots or [[SadistTeacher sadists]].

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* Jerome Horwitz Elementary in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''.''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' provides the page image. The school library is shown as being almost completely free of books, with a librarian who discourages reading. The school also has signs posted [[AssimilationAcademy encouraging mindless conformity]]. The teachers are also pretty much entirely either idiots or [[SadistTeacher sadists]].
sadists]]. Not to mention the principal, who is a complete {{Jerkass}} to the point of ''blackmailing students''- which is why those same students [[HypnoFool hypnotize him]] into becoming Captain Underpants (when he's in that mode, his personality takes a complete 180).
18th May '17 7:48:07 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''Film/TheFaculty'', there is a scene early on that takes place at a faculty meeting, where they are deciding how to divide the school's budget. Much to the teachers' chagrin, money that could be used for buying new textbooks or putting on a SchoolPlay other than ''Theatre/OurTown'' (which they did last year) is instead directed towards the football team, because, as [[Creator/BebeNeuwirth Principal Drake]] explains, [[SeriousBusiness they live in a football town]].

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* In ''Film/TheFaculty'', there is a scene early on that takes place at a faculty meeting, where they are deciding how to divide the school's budget. Much to the teachers' chagrin, money that could be used for buying new textbooks or putting on a SchoolPlay other than ''Theatre/OurTown'' (which they did last year) is instead directed towards the football team, because, as [[Creator/BebeNeuwirth Principal Drake]] explains, [[SeriousBusiness they live in a football town]]. She doesn't think the football team deserves all the attention and funding, but it's what the ''parents'' want. As well, there are several points that hint the school is in some definite need of refurbishing, such as door frames in need of paint coatings.
** Also, take a look at the map of Europe in the history classroom. Despite the film being set in 1998, the map still shows a united Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia, implying that it's at least ten years old and judging by the condition it's in, probably older.
22nd Apr '17 8:52:19 PM nombretomado
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* Detroit Central High School in [[SurvivalOfTheFittest SOTF-TV]] is of the budget issues variant. Played in complete contrast to the other school of SOTF-TV, Silver Dragon Academy (a prestigious private school).

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* Detroit Central High School in [[SurvivalOfTheFittest [[Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest SOTF-TV]] is of the budget issues variant. Played in complete contrast to the other school of SOTF-TV, Silver Dragon Academy (a prestigious private school).
16th Mar '17 11:56:03 PM MrCandle
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* [[http://www.xomba.com/too_few_desks_future_essay_school_crowding This]] article, written by a recent Oregon high school graduate, illustrates just how sucky American schools can be.

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* [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20120705183509/http://www.xomba.com/too_few_desks_future_essay_school_crowding This]] article, written by a recent Oregon high school graduate, illustrates just how sucky American schools can be.
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