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"Teachers' Pets'" lives are not easy-here are 10 reasons why

Updated on January 26, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Teachers Pet  always sat  at front of class
Teachers Pet always sat at front of class | Source

Do you remember

having a "Teacher's Pet" when you were in school? I do. And honestly, I couldn't help but dislike him and be in awe of his wisdom at the same time. He always at in his seat at the front of the class. I tried that once, but that never made me any wiser. It did him for our fourth-grade teacher, (a) Mrs. Rosa Bowling, always called on him to get answers for her questions while I and the rest of my class just sat quietly and played the role of less-than-intellgent kids.

Don't feel sorry for me. This was, I thought, my lot in life in grade school. As the school year wore on, I grew used to this know-it-all and how much he knew. Yes, I did try to study and read as much as I could, but that did not increase my wisdom. I guess this "Teacher's Pet" had a gift for knowledge.

In my high school

years, I was subjected to yet another "Teacher's Pet," and although he was super-smart, he never flaunted his knowing all things about all things we had to study. My older age, I suppose, helped me to look over this guy with a computer for a brain.

Can you guess which student is the "Teacher's Pet?"
Can you guess which student is the "Teacher's Pet?" | Source

In the years following my high school graduation

I did have a moment of poetic justice. Seems that this "Teacher's Pet" did not think going to college through and over-loaded himself with various classes of higher learning. Question: How much higher than an "A+" can one get? Anyway, this guy did not fare well. He did as most "Teacher's Pets" do. He washed out and had to return home.

No. I did not gloat. Funny. I did feel sorry for him. Why? I may never know.

I thought it might be nice to write a piece in honor of all "Teacher's Pets" everywhere, so here it is. The 10 confessions why a "Teacher's Pet's" live is not easy.

10.) "I have grown to hate the daily beatings given to me by the students in my class who despise me for being the "Teacher's Pet." I try to reason with these students of whom most are students who have been kept back for two years running, but since they are all bigger than I am, I just take the beatings and try to get home without calling 9-1-1."

9.) "I hate those awful, demeaning nick-names: "Brownie Points," "Suck Up," and "Teacher's Lap Dog," but is it really my fault for being so intelligent that I always make high marks on my work?"

8.) "I dread going to class each day for how the less-than-intelligent students line up at my desk (before our teacher arrives) to take their turn to slapping me for passing the mid-term exams with no problem. I tried to make them laugh hoping that laughter would defuse their anger toward me, but "Toby "Teeth" Junnstein," the leader of these malcontents just called me their "punching bag" and let me have it causing me to have a severe nose bleed."

7.) "Some of these hateful students even put a tube of Super Glue in my desk before I got to class and since you cannot see this glue, I just sat down--and stayed sitting down when the bell rang. Oh, the hateful students had a great laugh (at me) for falling for this prank. Even our teacher asked me why I was so smart in book knowledge, but so ignorant in everyday common sense."

6.) "I am growing very afraid to raise my hand when I know the answer to the question being asked by our teacher for last week I raised my hand to answer a math question, and hey, was it my fault for being the only student who knew (and always knows) the answer? I heard one of the angry boys whisper, "watch this jerk raise his hand next time when I throw fire-ants on his arm."

5.) "What am I to do, act dumb? I would do that to save my hide, but I want to get to college and well, if students there are like these in high school, playing dumb may not be a bad idea."

4.) "I did try to get my parents to legally change my name, but when we arrived at the probate judge's office, the clerk poked fun at me and made me cry because she said that her son was one of the failing students in my class where I am known as "Teacher's Pet."

3.) "I begged my parents to allow me to wear a disguise to class to keep from being harassed for being so intelligent, but thanks to the always-contentious teacher, I had to pull off my big glasses and nose disguise to the delight of my mean classmates. Toby "Teeth" Junnstein," said, "hey, his real face looks even worse than the mask! Boy, did I feel low that day."

2.) "There was this one time that one of the dumber classmates (who could easily get jobs without a work permit) hid my desk and I was forced to stand for the entire class time. I thought that our teacher might side with me and punish the troublemaker, but she confided in me after class that she would have stood up for me but she feared for her life since "Teeth" Junnstein's" wife and two children were moving into a house next to hers."

1.) "I think that I have the solution to my daily harassment by the upset classmates. I will tell "Toby "Teeth" Junnstein," that I will be his 'pet' and do his homework, get groceries for his wife and children, wash their car, clean their house and other chores if he will tell the rest of his bully classmates to just leave me alone. And if he agrees, I already have myself a new moniker, "Toby's Pet."

How do you like my new name?

Good night, Portland, Oregon.

"Sure, teacher.  I know the answer.  I always know the answer."
"Sure, teacher. I know the answer. I always know the answer." | Source

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      You are welcome, TheONatureBoy!

      Peace.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Thanks brother, Kenneth.

      Peace

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      Okay. At any rate, I respect your individualistic stance on life as well as educational values, statutes, principles, and teaching engines.

      Not many, well, hardly anyone is willing to make the stand that you are making.

      Peace.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Oh, no, Kenneth, I am, hopefully, causing others to "objectively observe their views, participate by comparing them with mine, reason with the various outcomes and present what they find true to them to others" as "educate" is defined. I am no working in the schooling "-preparing others to follow a single leader even to their death-" system. I seek only those seeking truth, not those who seek to destroy my teachings by their "self-righteousness" and most people do.

      Peace.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheoNatureBoy,

      So that is why some states are not for Common Core.

      Now it makes perfect sense.

      And I now understand why you do not work as an educator.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Kenneth,

      "Common Core" does not allow teachers who work diligently to inform people for then to not be blind followers of leaders, that is why that is mandatory in schools. Just because I was hanging around Grambling State University sharing these views to curious individuals I was arrested more than 30 times, so do you think I could get a job at one? I DO NOT!!!

      Peace

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      Wow! I am constantly amazed at your I.Q. If we were to exchange lives, I know what I would do. I would be teaching in a major level university for people who know as much as you do, and this, my friend, is a compliment too, should not just let such wisdom stand idle--but sow it into the uncarved minds of young people who I am sure are a lot like me and yourself when young.

      At least consider this.

      Peace.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Kenneth,

      I do not call anyone inferior because reading we are all on he same path, so to speak, but as {"The Zeroverse operates in cycles and human/woman’s sense perceptions cause us to reject one half that prevents seeing holistically and because of our half views we are confused and subject ourselves to human leadership that dictate to us what is in our best interest. Man-en-mass are human/woman who “know in part and … prophesy in part but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10) as the foregoing holistic counting should reveal to those destined –i.e., having reincarnated, experienced every human/woman experience and engraved them on our life-forces– to reintegrate our femininity/yin into our masculinity/yang, stop judging and see holistically. So it’s time for all who are to become whole to come out of human/woman’s palaces full of divisions –home of the Buddha until age 29– to go through the fire (Genesis 3:24) for purifying our minds so the sword can severed us from all attachments enabling us to become whole to enter the self-reproducing garden (Genesis 2:15) for regaining “dominion powers” (Genesis 1:28) over earth and all hereon to achieve what is called “everlasting life”}, the conclusion from "Existence Explained Via Numbers" explains it, in different places in our different journeys. I can tell by your writings you are very observant but only from the carnal mind, not incorporating the spiritual side of things. From that observation, all you must do is "surrender yourself too the Holy Spirit to be controlled by it" which will open your eyes to the spiritual side of things.

      Jesus' teachings were in what he called "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life" or a combination of spiritual said in parables to prevent people-en-mass from understanding them which would have ended civilization and eliminate the prophecies he didn't fulfill. He said "the scriptures can not be broken" and he didn't want to eliminate any of them.

      Kenneth, civil means "man's living dependent on others man seeking to separate themselves from the self-reproducing environment," as we can so plainly see today, and Paul's words said "all civil authorities are from god but we, the Church which means "called out from," are to subject ourselves to the highest authority which is the Holy Spirit who stablished the civil governments.

      Jesus went to the cross because his doctrine denounced the rituals of Judaism who didn't want to see the truth of his teachings as his words in John 3:17-19 so clearly shows.

      I see you know and see clearly what you see but it is like I just said above, you see everything only the carnal half, not you need the Spirit to show you the other half. So know and understand I'm not arguing anything, only discussing another way of seeing what you see.

      Pease

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      Thanks for the valuable information/input. Surely, I cannot begin to match your I.Q., and I am not ashamed to say that to you. But do not

      mistake my weakness in this area for any inkling of an interiority.

      Which teaching seems common? The natural teaching is what Jesus did, but from an accepted, understandable plane.

      Jesus DID NOT and WILL NOT, this includes the prophets of old, lead or teach followers to be uncivilized unless I am misunderstanding your word "civil" which the Apostle Paul wrote to let all of you be

      in subject to civil authority--civil law and government.

      Christians are not raging rebels about to tear down governments and laws. I am not going to argue this with you. It is your choice if you want to believe this.

      I just know what I know and whom I know.

      Peace.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Kenneth,

      My thoughts are holistic, a union of spiritual and physical and is not at all "common knowledge" or all Christians would be doing it instead of me and a few others.

      The life Jesus lived, Kenneth, was lass than civilized and he said follow him. He directed everyone seeking everlasting life to forsake all of civilities in Matthew 19:29 and he said in Mat. 10:9-10 is not living civilized which is what "the great commandment" tells everyone claiming to be "in the likeness of the one called Christ" (Acts 11:26 Christian's definition) to live like. So, the "B Attitudes" does represent our "being less than civilized."

      I understand your "food for thought" is very common. Everyone attempting to stop me from "forsaking everything civilization has to offer" (Matthew 19:29) told me that and said "forsake" does not mean "leave uncared for." What was written on my heart and inward parts (Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews) told me I should do what I hear (Mat. 11:15 and many others) what spirit say the scriptures mean and not as man teach us they mean. FROM THAT MESSAGE, I've learned to obey every dictate from "my heart and inward parts" no matter how unwilling I am to do it because the ONE time I didn't I was very not satisfied with the outcome but everything I did/do I am most satisfied with the results.

      So, which teaching seem common?

      More food for thought.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      I respect your thoughts on these scriptures, but I am afraid that you are thinking in a naturalism mindset and the obvious negative brings you to the "common knowledge" approach.

      e.g. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will receive joy," SIC, this from the Hebrew Manuscripts does NOT imply that believers are to be less than civilized.

      But rather not just aim and set your goals to be a perky perk with a pasty smile and casting sugar on every living being, but know and understand how to mourn and "be with" those in and around you life who hurt from a spiritual standpoint.

      Just my food for thought.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      LOLA(nd)L(ing) again, Kenneth. Happy is being "ignorantly elated" because most of us do not know why we are elated or happy. If you can explain what is behind your elation that is causing your happiness is then you have to be close to joy's "peace and contentment because of understanding."

      Look at the "B Attitudes" in Matthew 5, all of the conditions "blessed" is applied to require one to be less than those who uphold civilization, or don't you agree? take verse 3's "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The "poor in spirit" doesn't mean "laking in spirit" but "being financially poor because of being in the spirit" so doesn't that suggest "being less than civilized man"?

      The next, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted," civilized man don't let it be known they are in a sorrowing way! So, if you go through all eight you will find him saying "don't be like civilized man" which, to them, you appear less than then. Look at some of the Bible's descriptions he admonished us nofollow him being, Isaiah 52:14 & 15's "As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider,"...

      53:2s " he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him"...

      Matthew 8:22s "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead"...

      And how many more can be found suggesting we are to be "less than civilized" man, don't they all imply something we would be unhappy doing? But He say blessed that happy, as we understand it, would not be what he intended.

      Just some "food for thought," my brother, and I will be in touch.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      I do enjoy reading your comments manufactured by a high I.Q. And for this, I envy you. But I also admire the fact that you in no way flaunt your intelligence.

      The study of "in" is fascinating, as well as the word "Blessed."

      In my case, I accepted Jesus as Lord several years and have yet to feel as you say 'ignorantly elated.'

      Happy, yes.

      Your term, no.

      Just wanted to make that very clear.

      Take care out there in the world and keep in touch.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      You missed my meaning, the word "in" means "to be completely submersed or engulfed by" and I agree that no one can "write such in-depth, complex theories and thought processes" unless they are completely engulfed in sanity. LOL I'm looking at how the two words should be defined and not as they are. To be "sane" suggest something to be pulled on and off like clothes while to be "insane" is to be unable to get out of it.

      That is how I play with words to find definitions I can not find anything to satisfy my view of it. Another such word is "bless," the definitions I've seen basically means "happy" which means ignorantly elated and under most conditions people use it that is what they are referring to, but my definition is based on the teachings ascribed to Jesus the christ, is "to be less that civilized" meaning to return to living ecologically.

      So I was only playing on how sane and insane are defined. Thank for your consideration, your reasoning agreed with how I define insane.

      With much respect,

      NatureBoy

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      I have to respectfully disagree with you. Someone who has the gift to write such in-depth, complex theories and thought processes as you do is NOT insane.

      I said all of this in the spirit of respect.

      Peace.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      I'm insane, Kenneth! To be "in same" means the whole of the person's being is immersed in sanity while to be sane is something one momentarily experiences so I'll remain insane rather than just momentarily sane. LOL

      Peace Bro.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      The0NatureBoy,

      Hey, I would have crawled down the main hallway of our school building barking like a dog if I had been smart enough to make an "A" or maybe a few "B's."

      But making "C's" was okay with my parents and since they were okay with it, I was also.

      Peace, bro.

      Stay sane.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      My teacher was a short boy and an assistant football coach at the Junior High I was attending. That experience and a few others is what caused me to just do enough to get a "C" grade although I usually, except in english, earned an "A"or "B" and "C" is citizenship because I learn best when I can do things to get out from under the stress of disciplined attention. Discipline has always been stressful for me and since I had made up my mind I was not going to college - the higher the schooling the narrower one's vision become - so it didn't matter.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      Wow! How I wish that I had been as intelligent as you when I was

      in the fifth grade. But alas, my teacher was a hefty woman with an

      obvious determination to introduce us to the then-first wave of

      "New Math," and she did not let my sickness stop her.

      I sadly recall that for one entire day, I sat in my desk and coughed

      my head off. I would even put my head down to cough as to not

      disturb others.

      But she continued to hammer the new numbers into those who

      were unaffected by my coughing.

      Not a "Kenny, would you like to go home?"or "Kenny, I am sorry

      that you are sick." No way! Just strict teaching without any pity.

      That is what my school days were built from.

      Peace to you.

      Write me anytime.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      I have it posted, Kenneth.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Kenneth,

      Because of writing that response I have written the soon to to be sent for publishing, hopefully, Existence Explained Via Numbers. I think, after I finish everything else I will post it as a hub.

      The only time I took the IQ exam I was in the fifth grade, my teacher told me if I had not pondered on questions I didn't know, as I had been instructed, I would have earned a genus' grade. Supposedly I only missed it by some 5 points although my not liking to skip steps in anything slowed me down.

      Thanks for the SINCERE comment.

      Peace.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      RoadMonkey,

      Sorry for being so slow in responding.

      I find myself agreeing with you and your comment. It IS a shame just how much "some" children with massive IQ's are abused by those of lower IQ's and although I understand both sides, I am taking the side of the abused.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Much peace to you and write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      TheONatureBoy,

      Thanks, good friend, for the very interesting comment. I appreciate you stopping by for a visit. I can only wish for an IQ as high as yours.

      And that is a SINCERE comment back to you..

      Have a peaceful day and write me anytime.

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      RoadMonkey 9 months ago

      It's an awful shame that a love of learning is seen as a target for abuse by some. It's an equal shame that some teachers, thankfully, not all, play favourites with their pupils, creating dissension in class because all children want to be liked by the teacher.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 9 months ago from Washington DC

      Very interesting, Kenneth, if that stuff happened, no wonder I refused to let others know what I knew.

      I'm reminded of my 7th grade experience when being taught positive and negative numbers. Since any number plus added to a negative of equal value equals zero I said "then the only whole number is zero" that the teacher replied "zero is only a placement digit" and made me not want to attend school any more. My mom being a school teacher said I would finish high school tag least if I lived in her house so I did get my diploma.

      Today my logic makes numbers into an infinity, I think I'll write a short hub on that, thanks for the inspiration.