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People Describe The Absolute Worst Teacher They've Ever Had

People Describe The Absolute Worst Teacher They've Ever Had
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Being an educator is one of the noblest professions you could pursue. You're willing to sacrifice free time, as well as bits of your sanity, to help the youth of our nation become a little bit better today than they were the day before.

However, ask anyone who's been through school and more than likely they'll have a horror story about more than one teacher who made their lives miserable, a wretched existence to live through for someone who you're forced to spend hours of your day with.

Reddit user, u/ghostRyku, wanted to hear about who made your life miserable in school when they asked:

What was your worst teacher like?

Overreacting To The Smallest Thing

Being a teacher means you need to adapt, adjust, monitoring behavior as the day goes on. However, some teachers' coping mechanisms aren't up to snuff and the smallest diversion from their plan can leave them in a bad mood, and the children are the one to suffer.

We Use Pens In This Class!

Got me kicked out of Honors classes, gave me an F on a test because I used a pen instead of a pencil, and wrote me up for doodling in class even though I was done with all my work, gave extra homework if we finished the first assignment early.


Never Able To Succeed

This was in the 70s (yes, I'm *that* old) and my 5th grade teacher hated me. And it wasn't a subtle hate but pretty much everyone saw it, including the staff. In the two months I was in her class she sent me to detention three times for things I didn't do, graded each of my tests with an F, claimed I never turned homework in when I did, etc.

She went that one step too far when someone wrote something nasty about me in the school cafeteria, and she called me up in front of the class and berated me for writing it (!) until I broke down in tears and she sent me to the Principal's office for causing a scene. Net result, I was transferred to another teacher's class and...I found this out much later...she was given a warning and told if she did anything like it again they'd fire her...I apparently wasn't the only student she'd done this to.

No idea of what happened to her, but I hope she lived a long miserable life where she didn't have kids to torment.


Not Believing In Your Students

My worst teacher was my freshman English teacher in high school. I had to write a report about James Thurber and the woman had the nerve to tell me I "not smart enough to write a paper this well done". She called my parents in for a conference. My mom argued that she saw me write the paper but I failed anyway.

Twenty-four years later I still hold a grudge about it. I wrote the paper...


Not Being On Top Of Things

A sign of having good classroom management is being able to catch students in the act, or being aware of what's happening at all points in your class so you're able to fairly and justly handle it. However, sometimes teachers care less about that and more about what's going on on their phones or in their inboxes.

What They Don't Know Might Come Back To Bite Them

At my first ever parent-teacher conference, she told my parents that 'children like your daughter [read: children on the autistic spectrum] don't tend to make many friends'. I was four years old at the time.

She didn't realise I could already read until three quarters of the way through the year, despite the fact that I would routinely go over to the bookshelf to read.

She was also a heavy smoker and would go out to her car every break time to smoke there. Because I was one of the youngest in my year, I had half-days until the term I turned five, so I'd be heading into the car park with my mum and I would pass by a car completely filled with smoke.

She retired a couple of years later, and the older children had to sing a song in assembly about what a great teacher she was. I remember sitting through that assembly thinking 'Are we thinking about the same person here?'.


Letting Her Favorites Get Away With Anything

My 6th grade teacher. Was a passive-aggressive woman, loved to gossip, was always on some sort of a power trip. She also played favorites a lot and would let her favorite students get away with saying things that are racist or wrong, but would punish kids who were victims of bullying (one of my classmates was picked up and had his head bumped against a wall. She called his parents just because he screamed, yet the kid who did it faced zero consequences)


When You Can't Pick One

I have a tie.

High school teacher who played blatant favorites and refused to sign me out of their class to take a different class on material I planned to study in college. When asked why I wanted to do that I said it would be a better use of my time. They disagreed. They were also unceremoniously dismissed a few years later.

Second one was calculus prof in uni who told us day 1 to break up with our significant others because the class was hard. Also took test questions direct from homework, no changes to them, tests were like 4 questions with weights so skewed if you got one wrong you failed the test. Would berate us for making simple mistakes that they would proceed to make on the whiteboard in front of class. Argued that their method of teaching didn't suck and wasn't rewarding memorization more than actual learning. Like for crying out loud the guy's class had a massive failure rate. I retook with a different instructor and got a B. If that doesnt tell you how bad they were I don't know what else would.


It Starts At The Top

It was my 5th-7th grade teacher, actauly she was the principle of the school too and taught math. She liked to scream at students for not getting the answer right if they asked for help so she got frustrated when students stopped asking for help because everyone was scared. She let bullying go on and it resulted in a lot of new kids leaving school because of a gang of bullies. She was a backstabber and tried to sue my mother for money.


You Just Shouldn't Be Around Children

Then there are those teachers who, when you really look at their track record, shouldn't have been around children from the start.

Tears Of Sadness

My 5th grade teacher. She was a truly miserable person and I have no idea why she was teaching. She singled out a couple of us for particularly nasty hatred, tried to embarrass us and shame us, and allegedly sent every kid in the class, male and female alike, except me, home crying at one point. I had utterly NO respect for her so nothing she said to me mattered. She was fired after that year.


Hands Off

Ex-Military with an anger issue. He got in trouble years ago for handing out recruitment papers in class. Very not legal where I'm from.

Couple years ago he got into an altercation with a student, grabbed him by the coat and threw him against a wall.

Not sure how but the prick is still teaching. I couldn't go a week without getting kicked out of his class because we butted heads so bad.


"It's Your Job. Not Mine."

My economics teacher was a complete ahole. No one really liked him but we all just kept our heads down and got through the year. One day, I fell very sick and had to miss school. Turns out we had a class test on the same day. I promptly emailed him explaining the situation and asked him when I could do the test. Waited a week for the reply and eventually ended up asking him in class.

He basically responded with "I don't have to reply to your emails. As a student, it's your responsibility to make sure you take the test." Then he continued to berate me for being irresponsible and how students like me make his life unbearably stressful. I just nodded and walked out- it's the closest I've ever come to losing it in class. Mr Bushong I hope you have a miserable life.


Changing Demeanor When The Parents Leave

I was in primary school and was struggling with my times tables. The teacher would frequently yell at me for struggling. So I told my mum and she came to nicely talk to the teacher about maybe going slower with me as I was struggling. Teacher took it very well and reassured my mum that she would take some extra time with me and help me catch up. Then my mum left the room and she completely changed. Honed in on me like a heat seeking [missile].

Proceded to...scream at me for a solid 20 minuets about how I was stupid. Then she tells me how horrible I am for questioning her teaching methods to my mum and making her look bad. She pulled me to the front of the class and made them all point and laugh at me. She told me not to dare bring my mum in again. I was to afraid to tell my mum so that never happened. I was so afraid of her I would get physically sick in the mornings and my mum had to keep me home. Ended up missing most of a year of school until we changed teachers. Found out a few years later she got fired for throwing a book at a little girl.


Holding On To The Smallest Shred Of Power

Made a kid pee his pants when she wouldn't let him go to the bathroom. Duct taped my mouth shut for talking too much and sent me in the hall, which of course got her caught. Constantly yelling at kids.

She wasn't allowed to teach without an aid after this. Grade 3.


Because They're Historical Artifacts?

All we did was watch movies. We saw Billy Madison, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and this was a high school history class.


Being an educator requires dedication, a passion for the job, and a willingness to let go of the little things. You're working with children, people who need help learning the most. Sometimes it's not always going to go your way and that's okay. What should never be okay is the behavior exhibited by some of these teachers.

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.