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    Fractionally More Dumb, Part 2

    | Savannah, GA, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Students

    (We are students working on a Master’s degree in early childhood education. This is a math class, and the professor is going over different strategies we can use for teaching fractions.)

    Professor: “So when you finish using an area model, you see that you’ve colored in 3/6 of the parts.”

    Student: “But that method is saying 3/6 is equal to 1/2.”

    Professor: “Yes… because it is.”

    Student: “No, 3/6 is 3/6. Not 1/2.”

    Professor: “[Student], in 1/2, the one is half of two. 3/6 is equivalent because three is half of six.


    Fractionally More Dumb

    The Music Of Math

    | UK | Math & Science, Money, Students

    (A group of plumbers have come to take a technical course, which includes learning higher maths. I’m trying to teach it to them but they keep insisting they don’t need to know it. I decide to try making it relevant to their job by setting them a problem which involves assessing the cost of various plumbing jobs based on a list of costs I give them. Sadly, they take this as an opportunity to show off…)

    Student #1: “No, I wouldn’t pay that much for piping. I’ve got a mate who’ll sell me it for half that price.”


    Student #2: “I wouldn’t charge tax. I take cash in hand.”

    Me: “That’s irrelevant right now. Just do the problem that’s been set.”

    Student #3: “But you haven’t included music in the expenses.”

    Me: “Music?”

    Student #3: “For listening to while I work.”

    Eclipsing Your Knowledge

    | Dallas, TX, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Students

    (I overhear this exchange several weeks into my AP physics class.)

    Girl #1: “Do we have gravity on the moon?”

    Girl #2: “I don’t know; ask me when I’m awake.”

    The Last Dance

    | Perth, WA, Australia | Bizarre/Silly, Students, Teachers

    (It’s our last week of high school before we graduate and all of the non-exam classes have finished doing work to allow for the people who do have exams to study. Because of this, most of us in this class are playing around. This class is combined with the year below us due to its small size which is normal with non-exam classes. Two boys are mucking around making a lot of noise and distracting the year below us.)

    Teacher: “I know it’s your last week but can you please try and be quiet so the rest of the class do work on Friday? I don’t care what you do. You can dance on the tables, for all I care!”

    (On Friday the two boys begin to play music and start to dance.)

    Teacher: “What are you doing?!”

    Boys: “You said on Monday we could play music and dance on the tables.”

    Teacher: “I know I did, but you are distracting that Year 11 girl who is trying to do her work!”

    Year 11 Girl: “I don’t mind, sir.”

    Teacher: “Well I do!”

    Joke So Old It’s A Ghost

    | Dubuque, IA, USA | Movies & TV, Students

    (This takes place in the sociology class I took. We’re talking about the social aspects of media and the topic of cell phones and young children come up.)

    Student: “I don’t understand why kids are getting cell phones in grade school. I mean, my niece is six. Who’s she gonna call?”

    Half The Class: “Ghostbusters!”

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