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By BILEN MESFIN, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - The principal of a Palo Alto middle school may not invite a popular speaker back to an annual career day after he told girls they could earn a good living as strippers.



Management consultant William Fried told eighth-graders at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School on Tuesday that stripping and exotic dancing can pay $250,000 or more per year, depending on their bust size.

"It's sick, but it's true," Fried said in an interview later. "The truth of the matter is you can earn a tremendous amount of money as an exotic dancer, if that's your desire."

Fried has given a popular 55-minute presentation, "The Secret of a Happy Life," at the school's career day the past three years. He counsels students to experiment with a variety of interests until they discover something they love and excel in.

But school principal Joseph Di Salvo said Fried may not be back next year.

The principal said Fried's comments to the class came after some of them asked him to expand on why he included "exotic dancing" on his list of 140 potential careers.

Fried spent about a minute answering questions, defining strippers and exotic dancers synonymously. According to Jason Garcia, 14, he told students: "For every 2 inches up there, you should get another $50,000 on your salary."

"A couple of students egged him and he took it hook, line and sinker," said Di Salvo, who also said the students took advantage of a substitute teacher overseeing the session.

"It's totally inappropriate," Di Salvo said. "It's not OK by me. I would want my presenters to kind of understand that they are coming into a career day for eighth-graders."

That stripping advice wasn't the only thing that riled parents. Di Salvo said one mother said she was outraged when her son announced that he was forgoing college for a field he loves: fishing.

"He really focused on finding what you really love to do," said Mariah Cannon, 13.

Fried, 64, said he does not think he offended any of the students: "Eighth-grade kids are not dumb," he said. "They are pretty worldly."
 

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"Eighth-grade kids are not dumb," he said. "They are pretty worldly."
8th graders are obnoxious as hell. I'm subbing right now and that is by far the worst grade to teach. I like the high school kids, they know I won't take their crap and stop. Middle school kids keep going. I hate 'em. Ugh. Granted the high school kids think I'm younger then them 1/2 the time.
 

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SOT_II";p="52966 said:
"Eighth-grade kids are not dumb," he said. "They are pretty worldly."
8th graders are obnoxious as hell. I'm subbing right now and that is by far the worst grade to teach. I like the high school kids, they know I won't take their crap and stop. Middle school kids keep going. I hate 'em. Ugh. Granted the high school kids think I'm younger then them 1/2 the time.
I can't believe this guy even touched on that subject with junior high kids. Did they stop giggling and laughing to hear the speech? Seniors, well that might be a different story, because I am sure a few would be getting some extra coin the following year in college stripping :hump: . Every class has a few, but junior high kids... not very smart. A career as a fisherman? WTF... where do these people come from...

A career fair for 8th graders :shock:? Granted I got a job my before my freshman year in high school and went to a technical high school so I had an interest in some trade, but the last thing most 8th graders are thinking of is jobs/careers... the hormones are running the show, their socializing, playing sports, or studying...

Kttref...God Bless you going into the junior high school to teach! Aren't junior high kids fun? I had the pleasure of subbing for a couple of years in the winter (when the details dried up), it was quite the experience, I have never met an age group that knows it ALL more than 7th and 8th graders, now some in CA know about stipping to add to their infinate wisdom.
 

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Kttref...God Bless you going into the junior high school to teach! Aren't junior high kids fun? I had the pleasure of subbing for a couple of years in the winter (when the details dried up), it was quite the experience, I have never met an age group that knows it ALL more than 7th and 8th graders, now some in CA know about stipping to add to their infinate wisdom.
Thank you! I'm doing this because I quit my "real job" so I could focus on becoming a LEO.

These kids know more then I did when I was that age that's for sure. But when I look back I was just as much a smart-ass as they are. One girl was bragging about getting drunk with her father the night before and she was only 12! I couldn't believe it...but again I look back and I started drinking when I was 13 (my parents didn't know) so I shouldn't talk...but I haven't drank anything is 8 years now so I guess I learned my lesson...I doubt she will. It's sad. I wish parents took better care of their children sometimes...Enough of my 2cents.
 
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