A doctor I know was complaining about a med assistant’s inability to use proper spelling & grammar when making notes in patients’ charts. It occurred to me that I see all kinds of writing errors everywhere, every day, all the time, to the point where I don’t even notice them any more.

I don’t think it’s that all these people are stupid. In fact, I know they’re not. Ok, well, not all of them. Ha ha.

I went to Kalani High School. I had the fortune of being placed in Honor & AP English each year, & therefore the luxury of caring teachers. In 10th grade I dated a guy on the football team, & I heard that his senior English teacher had told him & his friends that they would all pass with Cs if they showed up for class, were on time, & stopped drooling on the floor.

I’m not kidding. And I dated him for 2 weeks, ok?

There was another class whose subject escapes me, & probably escaped me then, because the teacher didn’t teach anything. He was simply a resident in that room. Any time I wanted to cut out of class I could go to that room full of noise, kids running around, & objects flying through the air, & the teacher would never question my presence, if he even noticed I was there.

In my senior year I stopped going to my History class. The teacher, who was known to be a lech throughout the school, had just been too much for me. He had asked me, in front of the class, if I would strip naked & grease my body down to swim across the ocean if there were no airplanes. At that age I didn’t know what sexual harrassment was, & didn’t entertain thoughts of assistance from any authorities even if I did. So I just stopped going, & my counseler informed me that I would not graduate without a social studies credit. And I hella wanted to get out of school.

So I landed in this other social studies class. I’m sure it’s not politically correct when I say it was a social studies credit for dummies, but that’s what it was. That class was another circus, except the teacher, a relatively young guy, seemed to be all about getting along with his students. I think it was his interpretation of teaching in ways the rabble would comprehend, & so he regularly used profanity & slang throughout his lectures. I didn’t care for his class as it was too noisy to even take a nap.

Anyway, one morning he told us this story: he & a bunch of his friends had gone out, & one of them had a date. He had taken a long time to take his date home, & when he rejoined the group had been teased about his absence.

Holding 2 (or was it 3?) fingers up in the air, my teacher said loudly, “And he said, ‘Wanna smell it?!'”

Yeah, that was my social studies lesson of the day. That not all teachers will act with the dignity of office that just comes with being teachers. That some of them are just… dumbasses.

I’m not trying to blame our poorly funded education system for the spelling & grammatical errors that abound (personally I think it’s the parents). I just wanted an excuse to vent about teachers I didn’t like. Ha ha. Thanks. You reading this, Mr. Ashworth?

10 Comments so far

  1. carey (unregistered) on September 11th, 2005 @ 10:24 pm

    wow u just had some real winners huh? it’s weird, coming from kauai high, that i can say most of my teachers were great. like u, i was in ap english and calc and had caring teachers, but even my social studies teacher i had 2 years in a row was great, and a friend to his students, too. but those were just my teachers, majority of that skool was filled w/duds. u know.. when i visited oahu one weekend in high skool, i went out w/some frenz who happened to help coach baseball at kalani… and we ended up drinking w/the adult coaches and watching tv in the locker rooms at the skool. i thot it was so corrupt -.-

  2. KDJReid (unregistered) on September 11th, 2005 @ 10:42 pm

    I don’t remember to much about high school but, I loved math and science. I had a social studies teacher that showed kung fu movies if we did good on our test. English was one subject that I didn’t really take a shine to. :o) I hope I did a good job on writing this comment. :o)


  3. sherie (unregistered) on September 12th, 2005 @ 11:20 am

    At Punahou I don’t remember having many, if any, shitty teachers. I mean some teachers may have been assholes and I didn’t like them, but they all meant well and did a good job teaching. Even that lame “Bible and Literature” english class I got stuck with my last semester I learned a lot. I got pretty shitty grades in that class, but the grades don’t reflect how much I actually learned.
    UH on the other hand had a lot of mediocre to poor teachers that I remember. It may not have been the teacher’s fault though because a lot of the teachers I didn’t like were the ones who taught the big lecture classes like History 101 and stuff like that. They could have been really good teachers, but were so boring I couldn’t pay attention. Or there were some teachers from Korea, China, etc. that I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. They may have been great teachers, but if I can’t understand you, then you suck in my book.
    I did have a few excellent teachers at UH though. For Biology I had this English guy that was very good, top 2 of the teachers I had at UH. The guy that taught Ethnic Studies Japanese in Hawaii, he was a good teacher as well. I had David McClain for Economics in MBA school. He was the best of the teachers I had in grad school, he’s the other teacher in my top 2. He was very caring for his students, smart, and knew how to teach and be interesting at the same time. At the time I had his class he was an associate professor. The next semester he became Dean of CBA and eventually became interim President at UH. I don’t know what the quality of education is at UH at the moment, but I’m certain that President McClain is doing the best he can to make UH the best school possible. Although with a lack of quality teachers and a shrinking budget, the best possible may not be very good.

  4. O-Dogg (unregistered) on September 12th, 2005 @ 10:22 pm

    You know, I went to Kalani High school as well. I had one teacher in English that I had a deal with. He would let me sleep in class. But, if he woke me, I had to answer the question in a manner that was satifactory to him. If I could, he’d let me sleep again. If not, I had to stay up for the rest of class.

  5. Audrey (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 10:47 am

    Wow, that chick Sherie seems kind of snotty! But I guess it goes with being a chick from Punahou. Haha, just kidding Lum.

    Anyway, I think that everybody has had at least 1 teecher who pushed thier sleep, dich class or trow shit buttons. I think the worst teecher I ever had, tot my aqwascience class. He was reely meen to the boys that were known to be “bad kids”. I didn’t reely know any of them, but I was reely irratated by the fact that he wood let everyone else do whatever they pleezed and repremanded the “bad boys” for zoning out or asking for a pen. I gess I was one of the lucky ones, one of the geaks, but I couldn’t respeck someone who wasn’t fare. Not to mention his class was a wayste of time. We were’nt lurning anything. He assigned us an oral prezentation that could be about anything, wich I thot was redickulous. So, in a mocking way, I did my oral report on premature balding. It was such a bullshit peace and I only did that to make fun of his shiney bald spot on the top of his hed. But, he had to give me an A because I filled all of the reqwirements. That was one of many attacks on the poor man and he retired the very next yeer. :) I just wanted him to bully someone other than those “bad boys” I guess. heehee!

    Who needs skool anyway?! Hooked on foniks werked for me!

  6. Stacie (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 12:08 pm

    Wow! This Audrey person is retarded. And being that she said she was a “geak” in school, she must be a liar too!

  7. Phil (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 6:40 pm

    I had the hardest time reading that Audrey.

    I didn’t really have a problem with any of my teachers. If I did it would probably be my social studies teacher when I was in the 7th grade. All he would do was hit this metal ruler on the desk really hard. I think he was more concerned with keeping the students disciplined rather than actually teaching something.

    One day someone took his ruler from his desk and he took up the whole class period asking us where it was. He said we weren’t allowed to leave until he got his ruler back, but when the bell rang we were out of there.

  8. Lauren (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 7:19 pm

    Stacie, she WAS a geek. A very very cute geek.

  9. terry (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 9:06 am

    Hahahah hey guys wats up :P :P :P although im not from hawaii i couldnt help reading it :P :P :P lol audge :) yah… i had a retarded ass teacher too… for social studies… i remember she came in to class drunk one day and kinda fell off her chair cus she was so tipsy haha. and it was extra hilarious because she was a bit… rotund? lol i hated that class…. she quit the next year :P :P :P WE WIN!

  10. Bufo (unregistered) on October 6th, 2005 @ 4:59 am

    Time will pass. Will you?

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