Comments on: Worst teachers ever. http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:24:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: webbman http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1541436 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:05:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1541436 My boyfriend had a Kindergarten teacher who called him fat. Nearly 40 years later, he still gets depressed over that and now has weight issues.

My mom (who is 75) had a fourth grade teacher who made fun of her drawing of the moon. It took her decades of counseling to get over it.

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By: Alexandra http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1464951 Mon, 20 May 2013 07:21:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1464951 A few gems:

My ninth grade “world cultures” teacher had the class draw a comic strip about the life of the prophet Mohammed.

My tenth grade English teacher began a class on Antigone by telling us the plays were written 3,000 years ago. I raised my hand and said, “No, they’re not.” She corrected by saying that the plays were written 2,000 years ago. I corrected her again (I was a little shit in high school, and very superior). She told me that if I knew so much, I could give the lecture. Which I did, having been raised by two classically-educated parents. We cordially hated each other. I feel… almost… guilty now. Less so when I remember that this teacher gave us copies of her self-published poetry for Christmas with the assignment to come back after break with constructive criticism…

Also in the tenth grade I decided I’d no longer say the pledge of allegiance, and was told by one very angry (and confused) substitute teacher that this was AGAINST THE LAW. I got my only in-school suspension for that…

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1457117 Tue, 14 May 2013 16:02:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1457117 But students discourage teachers more than teachers discourage students.

I don’t agree with that. They’re not equals in the relationship, and only one side is getting paid. Students are children or young adults, and they can be jerks but teachers and professors have to set a better example and be the bigger persons. (To quote Don Draper, in a comment to his protege Peggy Olson: “THAT’S WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR!”)

To this day, I can barely remember the occasional annoying student, but the bad teachers in this thread are well remembered decades later by their unfortunate students.

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By: Shelley http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1457095 Tue, 14 May 2013 15:36:44 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1457095 What awful comments from teachers!

But students discourage teachers more than teachers discourage students.

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By: grumpy archaeologist http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1457035 Tue, 14 May 2013 15:01:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1457035 Somehow I managed to get through my first year of college with great grades (with a lot of hard work), and then my second year I took a math and an English class in which I suddenly wasn’t doing very well at all, and I had no idea why. (This was the first college English class I’d taken, and the second math class, but the first was a fun, small number theory class, and the second was a huge linear algebra lecture.) I took my papers & midterms to the professors’ office hours to ask for feedback and help.

They both gave me a stern variation on “Do you really WANT help, or do you just not care enough to do the work?” The English professor told me he’d go over my paper in detail with me if I were a freshman to help me, but since I wasn’t, he wasn’t sure it was worth the commitment to either of us. I still don’t understand that distinction – are students only allowed to struggle their first year, and then they should be perfect?! The math professor asked if I’d even been doing the homework because my midterm grade was so bad, and if I was really even there to look for help. Unfortunately, at that point I burst into tears.

I don’t remember ANYTHING else they said for the rest of those meetings, just how humiliated I felt, but I somehow got through the semester OK. Now that I teach, I know that students who worry about their grades are annoying, but sometimes grades are the best signposts they have that they need help, and I hope I never treat a student with outright suspicion when they come to me.

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By: Feminist Avatar http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1455708 Mon, 13 May 2013 13:31:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1455708 So many Niall Ferguson jokes…

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By: greg dehler http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1455167 Mon, 13 May 2013 03:28:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1455167 In my 20th century European History course (junior year of college, I believe), I had one otherwise excellent professor who was a hideous homophobe. He couldn’t mention john Maynard Keynes’s name without adding, “he was a meat handler. I mean a bloody fagot.” Horrible stuff. He has to be the worst teacher I ever had.

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By: badacademic2 http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1455121 Mon, 13 May 2013 02:31:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1455121 World History, 10th grade. After learning about the holocaust… well, the Holocaust killed millions of people and it was bad. But there are people who say there was some good. You know, like the plague. Things naturally come along to regulate the population growth.

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By: Tigs http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1454601 Sun, 12 May 2013 12:39:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1454601 Sophomore “world cultures” class in high school, the young woman (now principal at the same high school) told us that we should make careful distinctions, because while ‘all Arabs are Muslim, not all Muslims are Arabs.’

I’m relatively sure this was taken as truth by many of my white, rich, future business leaders of America classmates.

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By: quixote http://www.historiann.com/2013/05/08/worst-teachers-ever/comment-page-1/#comment-1452638 Fri, 10 May 2013 21:31:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21134#comment-1452638 A fascination collection of horror and not-horror stories. Brian’s describes a nightmare situation bad enough to belong in a Dickens novel! We need a teaching malpractice statute so people like that could be sued and appropriately punished. Maybe a decade of teaching diversity classes to jailed members of the Aryan Brotherhood?

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