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I have two pet peeves as a teacher...

1) Giving the impression you're sleeping in class

2) Making noises under your breath when instructions are given

But now I must add a third pet peeve that is more general in nature and applies to a LOT of people here on DeviantArt...

3) Acting like you know everything and/or have an answer to everything.

There are a number of people like that in several groups I am a member of and I would so very much enjoy blocking seeing their drivel and arrogant postings full of hubris. 

Get over yourself already. You're irritating the crap out of the rest of us.

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I'm not here to hit up on anyone or start some cyber-relationship. I don't care if you're 10 or 65, I'm here to check out art that I appreciate. If I like it, I'll comment - even if you're 10. Or 65. So please don't think I'm some sick cyber perv pedo. I'm not. I am a teacher and I like being a teacher and I don't have any intention of losing that job.

I'll engage you in discussion or conversation regardless of age. I like to encourage younger people to really pursue their artistic interests. So if I comment on your art, just think of it as the teacher coming out in me (even though I'm not an art teacher. I would be if I thought I could have found a job doing it).

I am a high school U.S. history, geography, economics, government teacher. I also facilitate ancient history, art history, and world history online classes. I teach at a county public alternative school for students who violate zero tolerance polices or have continual behavior issues. I started teaching in 2010 after serving in the military for 21 years.

I received my B.A. in history/education in 2010, focusing on early American history. I am a member of the following organizations:

- Phi Kappa Phi (oldest national honor society for all academic disciplines)
- Phi Alpha Theta (national honor society for history students)
- National Forensic League (speech and debate honor society)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

I am also a retired disabled Army veteran (1985 - 2006). I am a Southwest Asia veteran. I am also a former German & Arabic linguist.
Personal Quote: "The use of Latin in daily conversation always makes one sound smarter."
Favorite Quotes:

"Sic Parvis Magna" ~ Heraldic motto of Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)

"De gustibus non est disputandum" ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880

"The best-fitting defensive armor of old age,...consists in the knowledge and practice of the virtues, which, assiduously cultivated, after the varied experiences of a long life, are wonderfully fruitful, not only because they never take flight, not even at the last moment, — although this is a consideration of prime importance, — but because the consciousness of a well-spent life and a memory rich in good deeds afford supreme happiness." ~Cicero, Cicero de Senectute (on Old Age), 44 BC

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes" ~ Juvenal (1st Century - 2nd Century AD) (Satire VI, lines 347–8)

"Some make themselves out to be victims their whole life, others take responsibility for their choices and mistakes and begin to have a life." ~ Marie Keller Ploof

"...a primary object of such a national institution should be the education of our youth in the science of government..." ~George Washington

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." ~Thomas Jefferson

"Placing labels on historians is too often 'a substitute for careful reading, research, and intellectual endeavor.'" ~Merill Jensen vis-a-vis Pauline Maier

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~George Washington (from a French proverb)

"Our students need a curriculum that treats them more like potential performers than sideline observers." ~Grant Wiggins

"Leadership is a choice. It’s the choice not to do nothing." ~Seth Godin

"Each time you coerce someone into doing something by using your power of authority, you deprive that person of an opportunity to become more responsible." ~ Dr. Marvin Marshall

"Higher education doesn’t reflect the life that students are living. In that life, information is available on demand, files are shared, and the world is mobile and connected. Today’s colleges, on the other hand, are typically 'tethered, isolated, generic, and closed.'" ~David Wiley

"See where her Heroes mark their glorious way,
Arm'd for the fight and blazing on the day
Blood stains their steps; and o'er the conquering plain,
'Mid fighting thousands and 'mid thousands slain,
Their eager swords promiscuous carnage blend,
And ghastly deaths their raging course attend.
Her mighty pow'r the subject world shall see;
For laurel'd Conquest waits her high decree."
~John Trumbull, 1770 Yale Commencement

"I think I can" ~The Little Engine That Could

"The sun'll come out tomorrow. So ya gotta hang on 'til tomorrow" ~ Strouse, Charles. Tomorrow. Annie. 1977

"When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad" ~ Rodgers & Hammerstein. My Favorite Things. The Sound of Music. 1959

"No one can know where we are at all times. Not even us." ~Skipper, Penguins of Madagascar

"You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden!" ~Shrek to Donkey

"You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you!" ~Monty Python (Search for the Holy Grail)

"Are you crying? There's no crying in baseball!" ~Tom Hanks (A League of Their Own)

Bob Sweeney: “There was a this. When I used to blame everything and everyone...for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn’t get no answers cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.”
Derek Vinyard: “Like what?”
Bob Sweeney: “Has anything you’ve done made your life better?” ~American History X

"Fifty years from now, when you're looking back at your life, don't you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car? " ~Sam (Transformers)

"I'm Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell's wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I'm... I'm the wart. She's my tumor. My... my growth. My... uh, my pimple. I'm Uncle Wart. Just old Buck "Wart" Russell. That's what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They'll call me that. "Melanoma Head's coming." I'm s... uncle! Maisy Russell's uncle!" ~Uncle Buck

"I don't think I want to know a six-year-old who isn't a dreamer, or a sillyheart. And I sure don't want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don't have a college degree. I don't even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they're ALL good kids, until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they're no good." ~Uncle Buck

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willcraft Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just wanted to say, bless you for that post on the chemical weapons, it provided me with a useful citation here:…

It's great that you are helping to bring such facts to the attention of people like myself, who might otherwise have remained ignorant of them.
ebturner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Are you referring to that NYT article regarding chemical weapons? If so, you are most welcome. Glad I could be of some assistance. Particularly since I am not as eloquent or as sharp as your comments.
willcraft Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest, I am not as eloquent as my comments make me seem. An on-line thesaurus and a spell-checking browser make my capacity to weave words appear unusually potent. The trick is not to say the same thing In the same way to frequently, rather, I force myself to vary the expressions I use. In the linked comment I tried to avoid repeating myself, even though similar phrases were needed: "Baathist regime" and "high throne" of "Saddam Hussein", for example have the same meaning in that context, but I appear more graceful of speech by diversifying the terms.

I tend to lean towards the loquacious when commenting, so I need to do this, otherwise people would lose interest halfway through. 
ebturner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm very familiar with using a spell-checker and an on-line thesaurus. They were quite needed in college writing so many history papers. But there still takes a certain amount of skill to do what you do. Don't minimize what you're doing. As far as your "loquaciousness" goes, I would argue that it is not just your way with words that keep people reading, but also your ability to avoid ad hominem attacks that are too frequent on DA. Courtesy goes a long way and too many here do not engage in it. My mother always said, "You attract more flies with honey, than you do with vinegar." So true, so true.
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willcraft Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. mentioned something about the war in Mesopotamia, and I sought to dispel some of the falsehoods surrounding that period of history. 
ebturner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
One of the single worse things I see on DA - historical inaccuracies. It goes hand-in-hand with all the other factual inaccuracies and absolute falsehoods I read. I have found that it is not worth my time or effort to attempt to correct them all.
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks for the +fav!
Kajm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I Thought you might be among the first to fave that one :P
ebturner Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Glad I didn't disappoint you! :)
Madam--Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Hi. wanna join my group called Anti-illuminati-01? anti-illuminati-01.deviantart.…

P.S. The group is about politics in case you were wondering.

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