The things that I have learned from Degrassi

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While we haven’t had a new Degrassi episode since July 2017, people have been holding onto hope that the show will live on. But unfortunately. that isn’t the case as it appears that it has been cancelled by Netflix. In honor of all 18 seasons that we have grew up watch, I thought it was time to reminisce on things that I have learned from “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Degrassi: Next Class.” Here’s are those things:

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Never trust a guy giving out jelly bracelets

If you meet people in the woods, you know it’s only going to be trouble

While if you meet someone in this day and age giving out jelly bracelets, you should just run because that’s creepy. You should run either way because that means he’s expecting you to do sexual acts. And I’m sorry but if you are collecting jelly bracelets from him, your ass is a hoe and you need Jesus. It made me think differently of people of them. I almost asked someone “hey, who did you blow?” As an Adult, I’m both sadden by the fact that I didn’t but yet glad that I didn’t. 

When in doubt, kiss the nearest person to you

Don’t lie…you were jealous

The saying on the show was “When in doubt, kiss Craig.” While Craig was a brooding drug induced hunky musician, the kiss that him and openly gay trendsetter Marco shared was short but iconic. So if you are stuck between a hunk and hunk, just kiss the nearest hunk near you. This works so well if you are having relationships issues. Just ask Marco!

Best way for revenge is to write a song and perform in front of them

Screw Downtown Squash, PMS/Hell Hath No Fury was the only band we needed and deserved

Why just personally tell someone off in the privacy when you can write songs about them and how they did you wrong in front of EVERYONE. Degrassi was Taylor Swift before she even knew about Tim McGraw. There was so many good bops that Degrassi gave us. Paige tell her rapist off, Ashley telling Craig off, Craig being a little bitch and just telling everyone off in his album. Memories, sweet memories. In case you haven’t noticed, the newer scenes aren’t really that memorable compared to the OG seasons of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” They aren’t bad but they weren’t anything like Manny’s thong good. That scene is iconic.

You need to pay attention in Sex ed

In my school, I didn’t have any sex ed classes besides a health where they talked about it for a split second. But Degrassi taught me that if you really need to pay attention in when they teach you about sex in school. Not a lot people on Degrassi knew that you need to wrap it before you trap it. There was a concerning amount of teen pregnancy. Now I’m not here to mock teen pregnancy. I do think that “16 & Pregnant” made it seem “cool.” But there was just too many babies popping out and strolling down the hallow halls of Degrassi Community School. Then there was STD outbreaks like there wasn’t anyone business. Sex ed classes either didn’t teach anything or they didn’t teach enough. It also could be that the teens were too horny to pay attention. 

Started from the bottom now Drake is here

Has Drake always been cool? Yep.

During my revisit of the lessons that Degrassi taught me, I had a moment of clarity when it dawned on me what Drake meant when he said “Started from the bottom now we’re here.” When Drake, he was Jimmy Brooks, was shot down by Rick, he was just lying on the floor unconscious. THE BOTTOM OF THE FLOOR. He then rose up from that floor, metaphorically because Jimmy Brooks was wheelchair bound for most of the series after that. Jimmy Brooks didn’t let the fact that he couldn’t walk stop him from rapping and being Drake. So the lyrics are truly about rising out of your metaphorically wheelchair and just live your life. 

 

I hope that this bit of knowledge that I learned from this iconic show will help you. If Degrassi taught you something, leave it in the comments below so we can all enjoy in what lessons Degrassi taught the world. 

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WTF is going on in Canada?

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This past Friday, “Degrassi Next Class'” latest season came out on Netflix worldwide and it returned to it’s roots of “going there.” In the previous incarnations of the popular series that makes Teens in Canada look like they should have been hugged more as children, “Degrassi” pushed the envelope when it came to what was featured on children’s television. This season really did go there and was in your face. This will contain slight spoilers because it’s going to be hard not to relieve things.

First thing first: Is this what is really going on up there? Is this what Canadian youth does? Is this what any Youth do? It’s only been a few years since I was a teen but damn Daniel, that was the most intense episode I have seen in a while. If this is what youth go through then why aren’t we, as adult, doing something to help? Also, why aren’t the parents being actual parents? Also, why isn’t Canada stepping in to monitor all the chaos that is going on at Degrassi Community School? It seems like there’s always problems there and they don’t live in what would be considered a “dangerous” portion of Toronto. So many unanswered questions.

The main plot of the season was dealing with the aftermath of the big bus crash that rocked the school at the end of season two. This event, like Rick shooting up the school or some gang violence that makes them all end up wearing a poor excuse of uniforms (You’re a freaking multi-million dollar franchise that has been on the air since the 80s-I expected better than tan pants and multi-colored polos), was the main arc for several characters this season-both big storylines and little storyline. It helped flesh out some characters that weren’t introduced from the incarnation before Next Class.

But this season was just insane. They had abortions, overdosing caused by depression and suicide, homophobia through religion that wasn’t Christianity, dealing with a love one being in coma and unsure about future, how to cope with traumatic experiences, affairs, and acceptance of others and self is just some of the major topics covered in the season’s ten episode, which is a lot. Like it was car crash and you couldn’t turn away. This was in a good way as well. I honestly want more.

So far, each season has been building off of each other and it’s working really well for the series. Overall, this is the best season of Degrassi, both “Degrassi” and “Degrassi Next Class,” we have seen so far and it’s refreshing. But seriously Canada, what is going on up there?

 

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Degrassi: Next Class is decently good

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It’s time that we have a sit down, or standing, discussion about the newest incarnation of Canadian high school. “Degrassi: Next Class” picks off where “Degrassi: The Next Generation,”or “Degrassi” left off in a sense. It goes there and I’m not sure where there is but it goes there.

It follows the students that didn’t graduate previously along with some new faces that weren’t in the previous incarnation. The good part about jumping into the series without seeing any of the newer Degrassi is that you don’t need to know the past storylines of the returning characters. So if you were like me and haven’t watched since Holly J Sinclair graduated, you won’t be super lost…it’s just a little confusion.

The characters are a little bit more fleshed out then what I heard about in the previous incarnation. The newer character arent though and that’s because they don’t have any/much history. I saw some of the returning before “Next Class,”and I honestly prefer them in this than before.

The series has a more technology influenced tales of teen issues because Canadians are so dramatic.  Some of the dramatic seem less realistic but that always happens in Degrassi….remember it goes there. The first and second season is different and have a different arch. The newest season main focus was based on the whole Black Lives Matter. 

The only downside with the plot of the seasons is that they aren’t as fleshed out like it the original. They only have 10 episodes each season, and each episode is only 30 minutes long. There isn’t any good way to tell a great or compelling story line in that short of time. One of my major complains so far is how they handled the 500th episode that had returning cast members. While they shouldn’t be the main focus, they were just kinda there. They were featured in small segments but nothing stood out….Paige didn’t even say “Hun”, Hun.

Overall, “Degrassi: Next Class,” is a decent show. It’s better than some of the seasons before it. But the episode and season length prevents it from being a great series.

 

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Seriously Degrassi!?!

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With the return of Degrassi to our televisions, this has brought up many questions involving Canadians and the plot of the show (all incarnations of it) in my mind. I thought I would “think out loud” and write these down for the world to see. So here is my random thoughts. (Note: I know that Degrassi is not an accurate representation of Canada and it’s beloved Canadians. I’m not a 15-year-old girl).

You spend money on school uniforms because of a dance gone wrong but you don’t spend money on a proper sex education class? How many STD outbreak and pregnancies has the school had over the years? In the United States, that would cause people to want to fix it. Like getting a sexual education class or ever school chastity belts. If you didn’t get school uniforms after a shooting or the even when the Manny Santos thong incident, there really isn’t a point.  Are your student even really informed on this stuff? Seriously Degrassi!?!

If you have people/bands that have been successful and famous, why not have a better music program? Another program that you need to have. If you have enough funding for school uniforms and a football team, then you should have enough funding to get a better arts program. Especially with the age of YouTube and getting discovered on there, *cough*Justin Bieber*cough*, they would tackle that. Seriously Degrassi!?!

Does your school even have a health program? Because your schools drug use is just way out of control. How the hell do they even get their hands on this stuff? Does Canada have vending machines full of drugs? I’m starting to get the fact health/sex education classes aren’t important up Canada. Seriously Degrassi!?!

And while we are on the subject on education, where the hell do you find your teachers? They are either sleeping with students or no even in the school. If you are seeing a company or a site for them, you really need to change that because it’s not okay. But hey, at least they are getting sex ed. Seriously Degrassi!?!

 

Thank you for reading/listening to my rant.