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I come from a family of teachers. Both of parents have a master’s degree in education, and my little sister teaches in a montessori system. Thank God they’re all better the teachers in this thread compiled by Bored Panda.
Twitter user @irlcatboy asked people to tell their worst teacher stories, and the responses were unbelievable. Let’s commiserate with a few, shall we?
1. Kicking things off
if they said “like” or “uhm”, or didn’t make eye contact. One kid was up there for 30 minutes just repeating his project over and over and he almost cried. Hell I had to restart mine once and it was even worse than my first time through.
— max (@irIcatboy) January 9, 2020
2. I can use some quick four letter words if you’d prefer
I got in trouble in elementary school for using, "big words" , got yelled at for using the word vexed. Was told i should just say angry, If I meant angry I would have said angry.
— Faith (@Fainora) January 15, 2020
3. Dude. DUDE.
Had an English teacher tell some kid in our class (mid teens) “Look we all know your parents died this year but that’s no excuse for your attitude”
He was simply talking in class. Everyone was mortified. The kid was crushed.
— Expazz (@Ross_McDougall) January 13, 2020
4. 10 and 2, buddy
Driver’s ed teacher put his hand on my knee while I was driving. I “accidentally” swerved through a curve in the rain and it slid him across the seat into the door.
— Jane Hull McIntire (@janem1276) January 12, 2020
5. Let’s hope she wasn’t the science teacher
Teacher refused to believe I had epilepsy. She claimed that I was just lazy and didn’t pay attention in school. “Absence seizures” were just an excuse in her ears. Doctor’s note didn’t help, and neither did a major convulsive seizure on the school steps.
— Astronut but call me Norm (@norminator) January 9, 2020
6. Dude are you from the middle ages?
“I’ve been teaching physics for 30+ years and I’ve taught boys and girls, and let me tell you, sometimes the girls are almost as good as the boys. So I know you can do this!”
He meant it as a compliment.
— Zoe Samuel (@zoe_samuel) January 16, 2020
7. I know it’s fake, I just like it better
Two teachers, same school. One told my parents and the school counselor that I clearly couldn’t distinguish between fantasy and reality because I liked Star Wars and Tolkien, and they believed her… I spent the whole year trying to convince shrinks that I KNOW WHAT FICTION IS.
— Estella Mirai 🏳️🌈 (@EstellaMirai) January 11, 2020
8. It’s not assault if it’s…a kid?
One of my English teachers at boarding school once hit me across the back of my head so hard that I saw stars, had a headache for days, couldn’t move my neck without pain for weeks … For ‘daydreaming’.I was 13.
— Kathleen Foster (@kaff1972) January 15, 2020
9. Ok, sit down.
at rallies each grade does a lipsync battle and a dance and the juniors lost last semester even tho they had the best one. the music teacher was a judge and when asked why they gave the 11th graders last place he said “mexican music isn’t music to dance to” SIR YOU ARE WHITE
— cami 🐣// aging emo kid (@bathtime_cami) January 15, 2020
10. How is that helpful?
A teacher humiliated kids if they read slowly. she’d call them out in front of the class. one kid nearly cried cos of it. I used to struggle with spelling and she read my work out to the class saying every word how it was spelt, mockingly, and everyone knew it was me.
— Lizzie * . ✷ ˚ (@rengokyou) January 9, 2020
11. What a piece of shirt
In 4th grade our art teacher (who was a reprehensible human being all around) got clay all over my new shirt and when i got upset she told me to get over it and “this isnt a fashion show.” This woman would literally sit there and paint her nails during class
— Gina Guillotine (@nintendo6664) January 13, 2020
12.Cruel, but fair
My 9th grade English teacher told me I would never make it as a writer as I had no talent & should give up. 20 years later he sent in a spec piece to the magazine I was the Arts Editor for. I sent him a lovely personalized rejection letter.
— Elizabeth Weitz (@ebethhasissues) January 13, 2020
13.(He’s a professional artist now)
I was running late with an essay that counted for 1/3 of the final grade for yr12 art. Teacher told me to hand in what I had (very rough draft) so she could check. She tore it up and put it in the bin because “it was messy”.
I failed art.
— 💧Jonny Gorden🔥 (@JonnyGorden) January 12, 2020
14. Well that’s the worst thing I’ve heard all day
Upon hearing my Dad had died 2 years earlier in his bed of status epilepticus and his heart issue, a Religious Instruction teacher told my 8-yo self and my entire class that “people who die in bed go to Hell.”
Apparently ’cause dying in bed makes one “slothful”!
— D. Robert Digman: Certified Practising Leftard (@d_digman) January 12, 2020
15. I hereby retroactively fire this person
I was a very anxious 8yo in new school having a panic attack because I’d stuck my worksheet in the wrong book and teacher said if I didn’t stop crying she’d pull down my pants in front of all the boys (such a weird threat and similar to where my anxiety all began). I ran home.
— Emma (@mspricklefinger) January 12, 2020
This thread makes me feel very grateful to have all my school days behind me.
What about you? Got any real bad teacher stories?
Tell us in the comments.