Teaching is truly not for the faint of heart. But then again, neither is being a student.
Some people's personalities just don't line up with what being a teacher demands. And sometimes, students also take advantages in teachers' weak points.
These are those sometimes.
Here were some of those stories.
How To Truly Lose It
Not me but-
In the seventh grade this kid in my class wouldn't stop terrorizing our science teacher. They got into yelling matches often, he'd call her horrible names and insult her appearance, then he'd get suspended and come back, and the cycle would continue. Well one day she just snapped when he flicked a rubber band at her, funny because this time it had been an accident.
She got up, grabbed an nearest empty chair (which happened to be at the desk next to mine) and chucked it at him. It was one of those hefty chairs as well, the one you use to crack your back. Hit him, gave him a black eye, entire class started screaming. Honestly he deserved it, but the teacher got fired. Overall pretty scary experience, just seeing the absolute rage and resentment seething out of my teacher was enough to leave an impact on me.
Caught In The Act
Went to a private Lutheran middle school, most of it was pretty normal and nothing out of the ordinary. Our science teacher was a 45+ year old woman who seemed very strange from the get go. Mind you everyone sort of thought the same, the rest of our day/classes were just like any other school and teachers, but she was off. She had us take home a field trip form for an outing to the country to explore some estuary/wetland area or something of that sort, when that Friday came around we were getting ready to go and she said "we're not going to go there anymore, we're going to go to my new house and clean it out before I move in."
Right away everyone was like lol wat. People were saying immediately "uh I'm not going to do that", I stepped outside and called my mom and a few kids went to the office to ask to call their parents. This started a gigantic snowball of problems, she ended up not having a teaching license and a ton of other things like lying about her job history, etc.
That's What We Call Assault, Kids
We were in middle school and we'd dealt with this creepy, weird, teacher all year. He was just a very strange man and no one was comfortable around him. He had a nasty temper too, would go off at the drop of a hat.
End of the year we had a field day with water balloons and squirt guns and the whole nine yards. Because we're twelve and that's what we wanted. The class clown was running around dumping buckets of water on people's head, which no one minded because...duh, it's field day and like a hundred degrees out.
He dumped a bucket of water on the creepy teacher's head. Creepy teacher grabbed him by the throat and threw him into the ground. Hard. Adult versus twelve year old kid.
I was the only one who saw it. I helped the kid up and we were both like "That is not okay." We went to the principal the next morning and the creepy teacher was gone by the end of the day.
We Don't Live In An Anime
He would stare blatantly at a 100-point font word on the girls shirt and ask "Ooohhh, what does your shirt say???" and also sit the skirt-girls in the front of the class, and he must've "dropped" thousands of pencils a day. I can't remember a time he wasn't sleezy, so me and a bunch of people reported him.
Down And Out
I went to a private boarding school in elementary and had a teacher that was quite bizarre. She was really touchy with students (nothing overly inappropriate from what I remember, just put her hands on students, etc.) and had a very bad temper. She also assigned a ludicrous work load/homework; to the point where as a elementary student I had about 1-2 hours of homework every night. During the school year I frequently got debilitating migraines from stress, which as a 7-11 year old was pretty absurd.
She would physically discipline kids in class, be verbally abusive, etc. Maybe halfway through the year there had been a ton of complaints from students/parents that made it to the principal regarding her disciplinary actions, putting her hands on students, things like that. She then proceeded to personally call the students parents and tried to coerce the students over the phone that 'we were fine with the touching.' Keep in mind my mom was on the phone and it came off as really predatory and bizarre.
All of this resulted in several students transferring to another class with only a month or two in the school year. The school ended up letting her finish out the year, (probably to avoid the mess of trying to find a sub) but she was definitely on notice; she tried to 'recover' her persona but the damage was done. She got fired after the end of the school year.
Not me, but my brother's computer class teacher in high school was an old man with a slipping memory. Turns out it was more than that, I think it was Alzheimers, going senile, something like that. In his wrong mind, he accused my brother of putting a virus on his computer, some delusional accusation from out of nowhere. He tried to get him in trouble, but he proved it was false, and they let him go more so because of his deteriorating health than to punish him.
Not Your Friend, Your Teacher
My freshman year in HS we had a substitute teacher for one day. He wanted to be "cool guy teacher" so he started to ask us a bunch of questions that had NOTHING to do with the class. Out of the blue he asked us "Who in here believes in God?" A few of us raised our hands. He looked at us with disgust and actually said "Wow, your parents are raising morons!"
All of us (even those who didn't raise their hands) went to the office, and told our parents. They called the school and a couple threatened to call the news. He was fired and NEVER taught in our county/city again. Last I heard he was working at an oil change place. (Not a bad job, but not a teacher either) He bragged to us about his teaching degree, so college was for nothing. It was even his VERY first solo-teaching class ever, and his last.
Not me but...
It was year 7 (UK) so I was around the age of 12 and we were just a few months into secondary school. Two boys in my history class were messing around, trying to get at each other when one of the boys went up to the other. He pushed the other boy and the other boy pushed back.
A few seconds later fists were being thrown and the teacher sees it. He wasn't the best at teaching, however he was very calm and friendly man. The teacher speed walks over to the two boys, steps in between them and pushes them away from each other, kind of like how a boxing referee would.
It wasn't a very forceful push, but the boy who started it over-exaggerated and fell backwards, clutching his chest shouting 'Why did you push me?!?!'. The teacher helps him up off the floor and I can't remember what happened after that point.
The next lesson we had a supply teacher, and the lesson after that, and so on. We surely thought he had been fired. None of us saw him around school or anything.
Fast forward five years and I'm heading towards reception during lesson, and he comes out of the staff office and smiles. I didn't ask him about the incident. He said that he left for a while and had come back, and he still remembered teaching me :)
Mr Hartley, you're a big legend.
I had an economics professor in College who was by no means a bad professor. He prepared power points like most college professors but he always elaborated on the information and provided examples and kept us engaged with questions. Despite this, he was clearly disorganized. He gave three tests for the semester and one final. I had received an A on all three exams. When it came time for the final I was prepared but I knew I didn't do well on it. When the final course grades were posted I noticed he gave me a B.
I asked him what my grade on the final was and he told me I had received a B. I questioned how I could get As on all of the exams, a B on the final, and receive a final grade of B. He then replied that I had received two As and a B on the class exams. I disputed this with them but I had not kept a copy of the exam since it was end of semester. I disputed with the head of the Economics department and it was declined and the matter was considered closed. For whatever reason, he was fired. Maybe not because of my doing but I think I contributed to a long list of complaints.
Who Does This To Babies?!
My first grade teacher took a disliking to me. She pretty much verbally abused me in front of the class from the git go... I was her whipping boy so to speak. Would pull me up in front of the class and explain to them how stupid I was. It went on for some time, I mean hell, I'm a little dope who just started school how am I to know.
Well, it got to be too much as I went home crying after one particularly difficult day. Once I came clean to my mother about what had been going on she went all momma bear at the school. Got that mean ole lady fired posthaste. And the world is a better place for it.
Not all television and movies are loved by all.
A story and its characters have to appeal to you in order for you to be engaged.
It can take next to nothing for us to lose interest and let the screen go black.
Redditor BarooTangClan wanted to compare notes on all the entertainment we've said "that's enough" to.
"What will make you instantly stop watching a movie or show and why?"
I hate bad acting, writing, storytelling... I hate bad anything.
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"Fight scenes with a million visual cuts. Gives me motion sickness. Contrast the absolutely masterful work in John Wick. long cuts, realistic use of weapons (mostly), 100% skill."
"When the actors whisper the whole movie and you have to crank the volume to hear what's being said - but the soundtrack or some other misc noise starts blaring at a higher volume directly after."
"I basically had to watch Stranger Things up in my attic with the windows and doors closed. I was worried the neighbors would think something was wrong or be annoyed if I watched it downstairs in my single family home. It was ridiculous."
"spice things up"
"Love triangles out of no where in a second or third season to 'spice things up' because studio writers are hacks and their idea of relationship drama is 'potential infidelity' at all times. It's the most tired trope on the go**amn planet and the second I see it rear its head I dip right the hell out."
"The whole concept of a love triangle to begin with an incredibly juvenile. Any healthy functioning adult who found themselves in a love triangle would soon choose to find themselves single."
Save your lips...
"When couples in a movie/show have a fight and one of them instantly goes to a friend and end up kissing her/him after talking for 5 minutes. I cringe so hard i turn it off and never watch it again."
"This pissed me off so much in Manifest. Girl is desperate to get back her ex-fiancé, he finally breaks up with his wife to get back with her and she's like 'nah, it's not fair to your wife, let me do this other dude I just met through a calling and be pissed at you for being jealous.' Michaela was the worst and everyone acted as if she were a saint the entire time."
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"Shows where a single polite conversation could fix everything."
We are going overboard with the witty repartee. Talk normal...
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"Annoying main character, especially if it's a kid."
"Kids who have a quippy, sassy retort to everything, and everyone just kind of crumbles before their wit."
"Shows where kids in high school talk like they are 30 years olds who have done everything, been everywhere, know it all and use a ridiculously flowery and extensive vocabulary in every conversation. Like, have any of these writers ever been to high school? Literally no one talks like that. Even worse is when, in addition to this, all the adults talk normal or are just plain stupid, like so weird parallel universe."
"If the movie is too dark. Not graphic, just literally dark. I lose all sense of intensity in dark scenes and I'm not straining my damn eyes trying to figure out what the hell is going on."
"I've seen about 10 percent of all DC movies recently. I've seen all of the individual films in full, just actually saw 10% of each of them."
"Movies in the late 80s had a lot of dark but you could see the depth because of different shooting techniques. Now you cant see crap because its a CGI fest drowned in black color so you can't see crap because you have no depth in a scene. Compare night scenes in dark alleys in 80's movies and movies now. Utter crap show in the new ones."
Pay Attention Storytellers
"Bad editing would be a big one. A lot of modern horror movies can't help but edit the movies like they're trailers, with added noises to scare the audience because they are afraid the script alone isn't enough to keep people watching."
"I remember this is where the first transformers movie lost me. When the transformers are fighting at the end, it's all a big, jumbled mess of metal and I can barely tell what's going on or who is who."
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"When they go straight to relationship drama right away when it wasn't the selling point of the show."
Do better, Hollywood. It's not that hard.
I fear death.
I wake up in cold sweats dreaming about it.
I think about it in my waking hours.
It's an obsession and clearly, I'm not alone.
But there are more preferred ways to exit.
All we can do is hope to be lucky enough to skip the mercilessly awful.
Please just let me go quick and in my sleep.
RedditorCallMehRiverwanted to hear about all the ways none of us what to leave this life.
"What Do You Think Would Be The Worst Death Imaginable?"
My list of the worst deaths is long. My imagination runs amok.
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"For me? Being trapped in a small tube or cave (like the ones you have to wiggle through) and getting stuck to where you can’t move your arms. And all you can do is wait to die. I’m getting chills just thinking about it."
"The more I hear about cavers that get stuck, the more I think that's a crap way to go."
"There’s a great YouTube channel called Ask a Mortician and this was her #1 worse way to die. I can’t remember the exact details or their names, but two well-known divers went into an underwater cave."
"One of them became entangled and died. Years later, his friend dives back down there to try and retrieve his body, the body itself is rotten and his head comes off and the other guy also becomes tangled and dies. Really sad."
A Long Process
"Believed to be in a coma but coherent through the whole 20 year process until they pull the plug."
"Oh man this just reminded me of a story I read on here about a guy who lost the ability to move and speak but was completely conscious. Had to just lay there and be awake but trapped in a useless body. His family thought he was brain dead or something and he couldn’t communicate to them that he was 'all there.' Crazy"
Slow & Steady
"Being slowly impaled by a growing bamboo. It was a form of torture probably used by the japanese during WW2 against Allied prisoners."
"The scariest part is that once you have symptoms, you 100% will die. A 100% mortality rate has to be a psychological torture in itself."
"Not only that, you feel irrational fear. Your brain is literally being eaten apart by the virus and it fu*ks up everything on it. You can't drink water because it hurts you. You feel dizzy, present a fever, excessively salivate, everything hurts and it only gets worse. I'd rather take a bullet and die when the symptoms are still tolerable."
Why can't we all just go engulfed in calm and quiet?
"Some pulpy sci-fi book I read a while back had one of the best deaths of this real piece of crap bad guy. Left to die in a drowning sea lab under the Antarctic ice, he freezes himself in a state of the art suspended animation pod with some kind cold fusion power source that would keep it running for millions of years."
"But he forgot to inject himself with the drug that would put him to sleep. So basically he is in suspended animation at the bottom of the Antarctic ocean while his mind is perfectly awake and conscious in a near unbreakable machine that won't run out of power for millions of years and nobody knows about it."
"As an RN I have always thought that the worst way to die (natural process) is ALS. Lou Gehrig's Disease."
"My mom and grandmother have Huntington's disease, which is essentially ALS, Alzheimer's, and Dementia combined into one really messed up genetic disease. I have a 50% chance of inheriting it and if I hit 40 and there's still no cure I can't promise I'll feel like continuing on with my life because that disease is absolutely freaking miserable."
"The fact your chromosomes can be so destroyed your body basically lost it's genetic code and with it the ability to make any new cells. It's literally a 'dead man walking' and you slowly rot away in agony. Stuff is so unimaginably f**ked up."
"What's also bad about radiation is that it affects your nerves and brain cells last, so you have everything in place to feel all the pain of the rest of your cells being destroyed."
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"I want to believe anything that slowly kills you painfully to be the worst. Such as slowly being crushed or something where the pain is beyond compare and yet not enough to throw you into shock or unconsciousness."
"Alternatively, being rapidly crushed into goo would probably be the least painful. I'm talking one of those massive industrial hammers they use for large steel work. Basically smooshed before the nerve signals make it to the brain."
Now I'll never sleep again without nightmares of death.
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Most Americans think nothing of their humdrum daily activities or amenities available to them.
However, others with a different perspective might romanticize the things that are otherwise commonplace ideas and concepts for US citizens, like going to a diner or riding the school bus.
One Redditor looked to foreigners to hear of their American desires to respond to the following:
"Non-Americans of Reddit: what is an American thing you have always wanted to try?"
The things depicted in film really captivated foreign audiences.
"To visit a diner like in the movies. In the middle of the night, it’s raining and just a few people there with great music from a jukebox."
Iconic Student Transport
"Ride a yellow school bus even if I'm too old. Growing up I always loved seeing them on TV."
Just Like The Ones We Used To Know
"A white Christmas."
"Living in an Australian state where I've never even seen snow in our winter, let alone experiencing that classic Hallmark movie moment of waking up to a street full of it and sitting around a fireplace while opening gifts/preparing a feast."
"Guess it's not strictly American, but the imagery and trope is something I've only really seen from American Films."
They may be ubiquitous for us, but they sure seem to be novel ideas to foreigners.
Let's Be Frank
"One of the hotdogs from those little street cart things."
"A friend of mine from Indonesia said, 'the food chewer in the sink.'"
"Apple Pie made by white-haired grandma, placed near window, who says 'oh dear...' as I levitate towards it."
"Proper tailgating before a ball game, the kind where there's ribs and stuff."
"Deep fried foods at a state fair. I'm from Scotland and we love to deep fry everything and I wanna know if it's just as good or better."
There are places to see!
Places To See
"America’s greatest invention!"
Backpacking In Nature
"I always wanted to hike The Appalachian Trail if that counts. Or see Yellowstone."
"Being able to start a whole new life 'elsewhere' without having to leave my country and going through an arduous immigration process."
My cousin told me she looks forward to visiting a Trader Joe's someday when she visits America for the first time.
Her bucket list option was hardly surprising. My parents used to bring treats from TJs as a novelty souvenir gift item, and my relatives ate it up. Literally.
Let's face it. The snacks at TJs rocks.
Even store locations in New York City would have ridiculously long lines during busy hours because the West-coast-based grocer was a novelty on the East Coast.
Many people work hard from the moment they are on the clock until their respective shifts are over at the end of a long day.
For many of those in the workforce, the wages barely sustain a comfortable living, especially for those who are raising a family.
Yet, there are jobs that are known to pay a higher salary without requiring extreme physical labor, or the requirement of higher education.
Curious to hear what those jobs might be, Redditor ImAMasterBayter asked:
"People Break Down Which Professions Are Completely Overpaid"
Extensive training requirements are not a thing, apparently, with these professions.
Daily Dairy Duty
"I watch milk powder go into a bag and out on a conveyor and get paid $37 an hour."
Eyeing Dirt In Motion
"Mine? I get paid $20.50 a hr to watch dirt go by on a belt all day."
The Handy Man Is Happy To Help
"I am a handy man that charges $50/hr with a 3hr minimum, a couple months ago I got a call for service that consisted of changing 9 smoke detector batteries, 2 light bulbs, and rehanging a picture. I felt bad taking the money but the guy couldn’t have been happier to have that stuff finally done. He asked for my card and is now a very good client."
Words From An Appraiser
"I make about 40 an hour after tax in the US as a real estate appraiser. You just need a college degree and a year of training and there is a huge shortage of appraisers right now."
"Edit because this post blew up: I only perceive this job as being overpaid because I used spent most of my 20's making pizza for minimum wage and imposter syndrome is a thing. Also, OP said he was looking for a possible career, and I felt like my job post was better than a troll post."
"Appraisers are not real estate agents or brokers. I do not buy or sell property."
"I do not, 'look at zillow and copy the number' and I don't just, 'make the number' in valuation. While I agree there are some appraisers who may lie or exaggerate, the same could be said of nearly any job. However, if I were to intentionally try hit some goal and got caught fudging the numbers, I'm looking at permanently losing my license and possible jail time depending on the severity. It's actually pretty common for me to, 'tank a deal' if someone is paying too much. This isn't the wild west of valuation anymore; FIRREA is a thing now. Appraisal reports aren't just 3 pages of photos with a cover page anymore; my typical appraisal is 30-50 pages with long boring typed pages of market data that I type and research myself."
"Let's talk about the appraisal gap. In most of the US, we are experiencing a, 'sellers market' meaning houses are selling for higher than what they normally sell for. A lot of people at this thread are blaming appraisers for driving housing prices up. Let me be perfectly clear about this: appraiser's valuations are based off of past data. That is it; we look at closed sales from the past. Realtors and brokers speculate on future markets, because they are motivated by profit. If anyone is driving this current market trend, it is the people buying properties over listing price, local government/laws willingness to allow foreign investors, the people who are raising rents, and the people who are making big risky developments. The appraisers have little to nothing to do with market perception of value; in my area at least many market participants are paying over 30% of listing price. Trust me when I say these people are not satisfied when my appraised value comes in less than that."
"The hardest part of the job is definitely the occasional angry phone call. Let's look at an example. Say someone lists their house at 100k, and they accept an offer for 150k, or 50% over listing. Well the appraisal is based off of past closed sales. The bank will only finance up to the appraised value. So if the appraisal comes in at 110k, meaning the subject in relation to comparable sales from the past year in the subject neighborhood equate to roughly 110k, they will either need to renegotiate the price, or be willing to put up 40k of their own money."
"In a sellers market, it's often better to accept a deal with better financing than a higher price. Let's say in this situation instead of taking the 150k offer with a mortgage, you take a smaller offer for 140k that is all cash, no financing. Well if there is no financing involved, meaning no bank, than no appraisal is needed."
Landing work in software seems to be like hitting the jackpot of success.
"I’m in software sales, software sales. Coworker got 100k commission on a deal."
"There are an incredible amount of 'analysts' who just 'own' automated excel sheets they received from developer teams."
"Low to mid six figures is common in HCOL areas."
The Successful Client
"I do the tax returns for a guy who paid 20k for demographic research software and made something like 40M over the last 3 years. His costs are almost nothing and admitted he does like 5 hours of work a week on it."
"I got more likes and comments than I thought I would, and wanted to add some more detail. The guy himself is super nice and easy to work with. It's hard not to feel jealous even though I make good money myself. His business and personal returns are super simple so we don't even charge him that much for them."
"The software is something proprietary he paid a third party for, and I don't know the name of that developer. The data output is sold to political campaigns and he's compensated more if the campaign wins. He did have some clients on both sides but now exclusively works on one side of the aisle."
Salaries in the world of academics got a closer inspection.
"University administrators and board members."
A Stark Contrast
"I'm a professor. I love it. But the 'president's office' contains a staff of 5 people with a total payroll of just under $500k/year. Meanwhile, all the PhDs, MFAs, and DMAs who teach all the classes, advise all the students, and serve on all the committees bring home a whopping $50k-$65k/year, dependent on rank, tenure, etc. It's real fun...
"The president of my institution makes a approximately $500k/year and is provided a house on campus alongside reserved parking if he so chooses to use it. He also gets a country club membership. Meanwhile I have to pay $200 to park at the school where I TA and do research, and I get paid maybe 1/20th of what he does. I genuinely do not understand why the f'k the dude who makes six figures doesn't pay for parking, but I do."
"Edit: that should be half a million."
Some of the cushiest jobs that require less time actively toiling away seem to be paying significantly more than the average livable wage offered in the US.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of what that might be was summed up best by Redditor iadasr, who said:
"Whatever you guys are all doing that lets you browse Reddit all day..."