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    Makes You Want To Curse(ive)

    | Broussard, LA, USA | Books & Reading, Crazy Requests, Teachers

    (I’ve loved to read and write since I learned how. When I was in first grade, I found a book that taught me how to write in cursive, which was a third-grade subject. At the beginning of my third grade year, I want the teacher to know what I can do. On a test, I proudly write my name in cursive. When my teacher hands back the text, she’s written in red pen:)

    Teacher: “Good job, but write in print next time!”

    (She sees me frowning and leans down to explain.)

    Teacher: “It’s not fair that you’ve learned something no one else has, [My Name]. Everyone else will catch up in a few months, but until then, I want you to stick to print, okay?”

    (I had knowledge no one else did, and instead of encouraging me, my teacher told me to hide it.)

    I Find That Fractionally Insulting

    | Langley, BC, Canada | Students

    (I’ve just made a “blonde joke” during lunch. There are three students in my class who are blonde, and one student who is a natural brunette, but has blonde streaks.)

    Student #1: “[Teacher]! [My Name] is making fun of me, [Student #2], [Student #3], and half of [Student #4]!”

    Glitter Can Be Soul Destroying

    | PA, USA | Bizarre/Silly

    (My friend and I work at an aftercare in a school near our college. On this particular day, my friend helped the children do an art project, using copious amounts of glitter which got all over the table. We’re packing up to leave once all the kids are gone, after trying to clean the glitter off the table about five or six times.)

    Friend: *looking in the mirror* “Ugh, there’s glitter all over my face… and my soul.”

    Not In Good Standing With The Teacher

    | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bizarre/Silly, Teachers

    (My child’s fourth grade teacher sends misbehaving children to sit outside then joins them a minute or two later to talk it out. I arrive mid-day for a volunteer shift. As I pass the door I see the teacher with a contrite child.)

    Teacher: “Do I really have to tell you not to stand on your head during class?”

    Don’t Stop Belief In

    | USA | Language & Words, Teachers

    (I was in fifth grade, and one day we are reviewing vocabulary with a sub.)

    Substitute: “Okay, class, what is the definition of belief?”

    Student #1: “Something you think is true?”

    Substitute: “No…”

    Student #2: “Something you think, like an opinion?”

    Substitute: *waves arms* “You are way smarter than this! A belief is something you believe in!”

    (The rest of the day continued just like this. Everyone left confused.)