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15 Things You Did Not Want to Hear From Your History Teacher

Updated on April 23, 2015
This is a good teacher for her students almost idolize her for being so nice.
This is a good teacher for her students almost idolize her for being so nice. | Source

Ahhh, good old Golden Rule days

Remember when you were in school? And depending on the era, your teacher compared to teachers of 2015, your teacher was a real "dragon lady," when it came to foolishness and horse-play in her classroom. Now have I gotten your attention?

Your teacher's eyes scanned the classroom back and forth similar to the car on NBC's "Knight Rider," with it's red light in the grill. And the least little bit of commotion, she jumped to her feet and stomped her wooden-heeled shoes against the wooden floor of the classroom and demanded to know what was happening and who was involved.

This teacher is happy because her students are doing great work.
This teacher is happy because her students are doing great work. | Source

Teaching from fear is wrong.

Bluntly, you and your classmates lived in fear when you were in this teacher's classroom. Your life had no meaning for the length of that period. You were always facing your mortality at this teacher's verbal disciplines that would make any salty Marine Corps. veteran squirm with humiliation.

But somehow, "you" must have had "that" lucky star hovering over you. Or you had been born under "that" birth sign that makes you obscure to mean teachers. You knew the routine. Get your History book, sit in your seat near the back of the room, sit up straight, pay attention and never talk much less whisper. She might have secretly thought of you as her favorite student.

One of the duties of a teacher is to have a Parent/Teacher Conference with students' parents to discuss their children's work.
One of the duties of a teacher is to have a Parent/Teacher Conference with students' parents to discuss their children's work. | Source
Teacher points out a problem to solve.
Teacher points out a problem to solve.
"Hey, this story is something else!"
"Hey, this story is something else!"
Teachers are always busy.
Teachers are always busy.
Never a dull moment when you have a great teacher.
Never a dull moment when you have a great teacher.

Get out pencils, paper and write this down.

I am just guessing here, but I bet "the" one thing that kept you "on your toes," was always listening for

15 Things You Did Not Want to Hear From Your History Teacher

15.) "Whoever put this snake in my desk will come up here and eat it."

14.) "You students better be on your perfect-behavior for I have secret cameras planted in the room."

13.) "Instead of a four-page test tomorrow, I have changed my mind. You will have an eight-page test."

12.) "Arnold Tukk, (your name), if I see you slouching in your desk again, you will see the principal."

11.) "Who wants to stand up here and sing the class song?"

10.) "Just for you students not studying, there will be no lunch for you today."

9.) "Sally Taylor, I am going to have your parents meet with me tomorrow about your grades."

8.) "Arnold Tukk, did I see an uncut hair on your neck? You know how I feel about sloppy appearances."

7.) "Principal Doogan is visiting us tomorrow, so boys, you wear a suit and tie and girls, be in your prettiest church-going dress and white gloves."

6.) "Bob Crump, come up here now! 'Snicker,' (the class rabbit) needs to be cleaned. He just 'answered nature's call.' And take him and the cage outside and do not come back until he and the cage are perfectly-clean."

5.) "Next week is "Haircut Week," so be prepared for me to give you all my special haircut so you will look more like studious boys and girls."

4.) "Harold, bring that love note up here and read it for everyone . . . now!"

3.) "For your homework assignment, memorize all of chapter 4, "The Study of Mules in American Agriculture," for tomorrow. And your work must be perfect."

2.) "Jack Toney, your punishment for pulling 'Mildred's' hair is to come up here and sing a song from any Italian opera."

1.) "Starting next Monday, I will eat my lunch with you students one at a time until I get around to all of you."

Did you have a teacher who you feared?

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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I guess, back in those days (the 1950s), parents regarded schools as THE authority figures during the day, and did not consider questioning the discipline or attitude of teachers. We were told to 'just deal with it; you meet all kinds of people in life, and you have to learn to get along with them all."

      If I gained anything positive out of that experience, it was this:

      When my kids were in school, I refused to stand by and let any such kind of BS slide past. I was not above reminding a teacher that MY tax dollars paid their salary, and that therefore, THEY worked for ME, and that if they did not cease and desist with (whatever) unreasonable punishments or other negative behavior, then I was not afraid to go over their heads--all the way to the state board of education, if need be.

      The parents' group I was with got a principal fired over inappropriate behavior toward female students, and we got a tenured teacher fired for failing to teach.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Kathleen,

      My friend, you are 100% correct.

      I was raised to tell the truth and while it is not always popular, it is always THE right course to set.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      3 years ago

      When we live from a place other than the truth it becomes a full-time job keeping up with our stories, lies, and manipulations. That's not the way I enjoy living. ;)

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear DzyMsLizzy,

      That is such a sad comment. And a sad excuse for a man as well as a teacher. You are right. He should have been a state executioner for as angry and heartless as you described him.

      I am now sad at you having to fear him in order to pass the fourth grade.

      Why didn't your parents or other parents report this jerk to the school board?

      I had a 12th grade History/Economics teacher like him, but mine encouraged questions to him and what he was teaching. His thinking was "only mentally-lazy people do not ask questions."

      I hope you visit me again and please get to feeling better.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kathleen,

      I have to agree with you.

      It is liken to always telling the truth and you won't have to tell one lie after the other to stand that one up.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      3 years ago

      It turns out that making the right choices is the easier way to get through this life. ;)

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      In the 4th grade, I had a teacher who was simply in the wrong profession. That man had NO business being in a classroom attempting to teach young children anything! All we learned was fear.

      He did not take kindly to questions; to him, asking a question only meant you had not been paying attention. The punishment for that was for him to yell and holler, turn beet red, and slam a pointer across your desk so hard that it broke. I lost count of how many pointers he broke.

      In my day, 4th grade was when you were supposed to learn the sort of math that was the foundation for more advanced math such as algebra and geometry. I should have learned decimals, fractions, conversions from one form to the other, percentages, and so forth.

      All I learned was how to be as invisible as possible in that class, and not draw attention to myself for any reason. So, if I did not understand a concept, I did not dare ask for clarification.

      It is he that I blame for my current ineptitude with anything to do with math and numbers, for I never got the foundation.

      Great article, done with humor. Voted up and funny.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kathleen,

      Congratulations to you on the perfect student achievement. I was not a perfect student. I was able to hide my mischief away from the teachers and bus driver. When one of them came near, I just gave them a humble smile and they walked by.

      When I got older, I felt bad at how I acted and then REALLY started doing things the right way.

      It felt a lot better.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      3 years ago

      She intimidated many students but she helped me learn the importance of standing up for self. I still didn't care to be yelled at all the time though. I was a "perfect" student and I didn't like getting in trouble just for being there! LOL. Blessings!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kathleen,

      You are a dear friend for sharing your memories of Sister Dominic. Thanks so much. God bless you.

      But I have to ask, "Where would we be without (the) Sis. Dominic's in our lives?"

      I hate to think.

      You have a peaceful da or night and visit anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Laura335,

      Do I ever know what you are talking about. We had an American History and Economics teacher, a now-late Mr. Shotts, a WW II veteran, tough, precise in all he did and said. And was not afraid to get in a male student's face especially if he was a bully or troublemaker.

      He almost gave me a failing grade for NOT arguing with him on a political point. Why? "I want my students to stand for what they believe and not let anybody, including a teacher, change their mind."

      I miss him everyday.

      Come back anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Akriti Mattu,

      I sincerely thank you for your nice remark.

      Visit with me anytime.

      Peace.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear suziecat7,

      Hey, where have you been for so long? I was thinking about you last week and that is the truth.

      Loved your eyebrows thought. I used to sit and crave a drink of my fourth grade teacher's iced tea she had in a tall glass, but she would only drink it AFTER our afternoon recess and in the summer, we were all starved, but she would read us a story while sipping her tea.

      I never forgave her. LOL.

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      suziecat7 

      3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      The teacher I feared the most was a nun - Mother Dolores. She was very mean and I used to imagine her eyebrows curling up like the devil. Loved this Hub.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      3 years ago

      Another good one! There was one teacher whom I feared the most - Sister Rose Dominic! She was probably in her seventies but acted like she was 100+ years old. She shouted constantly and called us all by our last names. I was terrified of her. I was ten years old and scared for the entire year! LOL. She never gave me straight A's either even though I earned them. She told my mother that no one was perfect. She was the teacher who taught me how to stand up for myself. Thank you Sister. Blessings!

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      Laura Smith 

      3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Everyone was terrified of our 8th grade Algebra teacher. I definitely was. The funny thing is, if I met him today, he probably wouldn't bother me at all. He made that year miserable for me, but in the end, he showed me how to deal with difficult people and taught me to be less sensitive about what people say and the tone with which they say it. Still, he could have gone a little easier on us. ha ha Great Hub topic.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      Interesting :-)

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