Category: Extra Stupid

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Something About The Situation Is Off

| USA | Extra Stupid, Teachers, Technology

(I am fixing a computer a teacher is having problems with and because of this she cannot pull up a slideshow for her class.)

Me: “All right, ma’am, what seems to be the problem?”

Teacher: “This computer won’t work, and I need it to teach!”

Me: “I’ll see what I can do.”

Teacher: “Good luck. No one else can fix it. I think it has something to do with the Internet.”

(I look at the computer and the monitor is off. After I turn it on and the screen is still black, the Teacher has a smug look on her face.)

Teacher: “See? I told you!”

Me: “Let me look at the actual computer.”

(I look at the tower, and surprise surprise, it is off. I turn it on, and the computer successfully starts up and connects to the internet.)

Teacher: “Oh. I could have done that.”

Me: “I’m sure you could have.”

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During Science Their Head Was In The Clouds

| Germany | Art/Design, Extra Stupid, Teachers

(Our art teacher hands out to everyone a black and white photo of a pretty normal landscape with some grass hills, mountains, a few clouds, and an otherwise clear sky. Our task is to repaint the landscape realistically with water colors, emphasis on ‘realistically.’ After a few hours of work, the first students come to her to turn in their finished drawings.)

Teacher: “Yes, it looks quite good so far, but you all forgot one thing. The clouds need a taint of green on the bottom.”

Students: “Why?”

Teacher: “Because the green grass gets reflected in the clouds.”

(Even trainee teacher who was there at that time agreed with her, so most students reluctantly started adding green taints to the clouds to not risk a worse grade. I, as a passionate scientist, came up to her.)

Me: “Excuse me, but could you please come with me to the window?”

Teacher: “Sure.”

(At the window I pointed at the clouds outside.)

Me: “What color do those clouds have in your eyes?”

Teacher: “Oh, I get what you mean. But of course those are not green. They are over the city, not over grass.”

Me: “Shouldn’t they be tainted red, then? Because 99% of the roofs in the city are red?”

Teacher: “Oh, you see, it’s not the red roofs that get reflected in the clouds, but the grey streets.”

(At this point, I just gave up on arguing with her and added some green taint to the underside of the clouds for a better grade. Others were already finishing that part and wanted to turn in their revised drawings.)

Teacher: “Yeah, looks much better now. But you all should also add some blue taints in some spots of the grass.”

Students: “Why?”

Teacher: “Because the blue sky gets also reflected in the grass.”

(And that point, I couldn’t reconcile it with my scientific conscience anymore and just turned my drawing it, not caring about my grade. Needless to say, I dropped art class as soon as I could.)

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Should Go (Paper)Back To School

| Portland, OR, USA | Books & Reading, Extra Stupid

(My friend sits next to an annoying and not very bright girl in language arts. He is also currently reading Popular Book by Author, and his copy happens to be paperback.)

Girl: “Wow, you’re reading [Popular Book]? That’s a really big copy, too. You know, I have a hardback copy at home if you want to borrow it. It’s smaller than that one. That way you won’t have to read as many pages!”

Friend: “…”

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They’re A Fish Out Of Water

| Canada | Canada | Extra Stupid, Pets & Animals, Students

(We’re in medical studies class and the teacher is talking about bones and bone marrow. One girl who is notorious for saying strange things that she thinks are normal raises her hand.)

Teacher: “Yes?”

Student: “We should get a class pet!”

Teacher: “We can’t because of allergies and costs…”

Student: “What if we got a fish?”

Teacher: “Well, who would look after it and feed it…?”

Student: *completely serious* “But fish don’t need to eat.”

(This sort of thing happens often.)

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Missing An Important Brit Of History

| UT, USA | Extra Stupid, History

(I am in my history class, and we are discussing the historical accuracy of the movie “The Patriot,” when a fellow student raises her hand.)

Student: “You know what I don’t understand? Why were the British in our country in the first place?”

Teacher: *a bit flabbergasted* “Because… it was their country in the first place.”

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