SPECIAL REPORT: Public Schools

September is here, and most of America’s youth will find itself inducted into the public school system. It’s no secret that the US falls short in education, but what exactly is the cause behind this educational degeneration? Circus Killer News sent its youngest-looking reporter, Laney Petrelles, to pose undercover as a high school student at Middle Brooks High School in Connecticut to bring you the full public school experience. We also sent our most depressed-looking reporter, Joel Koenner, to pose as a teacher at the same school.

Laney reported that high school has changed a lot since her days as an actual student thirty-three years ago. Every arts program and foreign language course in the Middle Brooks school district was gradually cut over time, but students still needed to take eight classes. The cut courses were replaced with things like “America Appreciation,” where students are taught how to appreciate the United States through song, prayer, and military service. Another one of these pap electives is “Second Lunch,” where students are allowed to extend their lunch break to double the legally required six minutes of lunchtime allotted to them. Another still was simply called “Books,” which has no course description. Laney reports that “Books” is taught by an actual book that a custodian props up on a desk for one hour. Additionally, many students are no longer required to take a gym class ever since the school board classified texting as physical exercise.

Joel found that teaching methods have undergone some change as well. Teachers are now encouraged to show videos instead of talking to their students. They are no longer allowed to design their own curriculums, but rather must use their own money to purchase a “curriculum packet” from the federal government that comes preloaded with every assignment, exam, and study guide the teacher will need for that year. Teaching, Joel found, is no longer a profession for optimistic thinkers eager to shape young minds. Rather, teaching is usually either a part time gig for out-of-work musicians and actors, a dumping zone for the Witness Protection Program, or a practice job for not-so-charismatic cult leaders looking to hone their skills.

While looking for the perspectives of other students, Laney managed to insert herself into every clique at Middle Brooks High. She bought herself a new car and expensive clothes to get in with the popular girls, sold narcotics and steroids to the jocks in order to gain their trust, became accepted by the hipsters by introducing them to music from her high school days that they had never heard before, and developed a sense of humor so she could fit in with the geeks, dorks, and nerds. Though these cliché groups of students had their differences, they all shared a loathing of the system, a palpable anxiety, and one singular piece of gum that has been passed down from each senior class over decades.


Written by J. S. Wydra: @jswydra
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11 Back to School Tips (High School)

High school is an awkward and uncomfortable time for everyone, including your teachers. If done right, however, high school can be the easiest four years of your life. Follow these tips to make sure your back-to-school experience is a breeze!


1. Not using a backpack is the current fashion trend in high schools across the country. Instead, students are tying their books to four-foot long tortoises that they pull through the halls with dog leashes.

2. Beat up someone on your first day so the other inmates respect you.

3. Every morning, run your tongue under scalding-hot water so you can’t taste how shitty the school lunches are.

4. Public schools across the country are facing huge budget cuts so don’t be surprised if your teacher has been replaced with an iPad.

5. Joining a club is a great way to admit that you don’t have any friends.

6. Bring your own pillow for the federally required naptime that now replaces all music and art classes.

7. It’s never too early to start preparing for college, so go to as many parties as you can and keep binge drinking in order to build up your tolerance.

8. Bullying is never okay, unless you go to an ultra-rich prep school where it’s a class.

9. 68% of all bus drivers are registered sex offenders, so always be on your guard.

10. 74% of all bus drivers are also drug dealers, so watch out for that as well.

11. To appease both transgendered students who wish to use the bathroom of their preferred gender and anti-transgender parents who are uncomfortable with their child using the same bathroom as a member of the LGBT community, bring a bucket with you so you can do your business anywhere.


By Jacob S. Wydra: @jswydra
Additional, unrelated news: @actlnews

DISCLAIMER: Circus Killer News is a faux news blog. None of the stories on this site should be taken seriously or literally.