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The pandemic has forced us to bring videoconferencing into prominence, and it seems there is not turning back when it comes to the convenient way of communiation.

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On the whole, human society doesn't seem to be able to figure out how to educated students in a way that is effective, inclusive, and energizing.

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Teachers are superheroes. Especially teachers of the youth. Those are the years children (students) can be particularly brutal.

So a big thank you to them. I have always wondered about the truths of a teacher, haven't y'all? Like, what do they really think about the school? Their colleagues? Their students?

Teachers must have an inside track or instinct when it comes to how a pupil will turn out. Or are they more surprised about the finished product later?

Redditor u/hogw33d was hoping teachers out there would have a chat with us by asking them to share:

Long-time elementary school teachers, which of your former students surprised you the most by their adult life outcomes or personality?
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What our history teachers tell us isn't always accurate. For example, I remember being told that Henry VIII executed all of his wives. Now, I've seen Six the Musical and know better, and while that show SLAPS, it's sad when I learn more from Broadway musicals than I did in history class. Looking at you, Hamilton.

Whether by pop culture, the media, or just our own research, sometimes we learn that our school curriculum was kind of BS. Here are some tales from history class.

U/info_cellar asked: What did you learn about history that turned out to be a complete lie?

​Let’s start out with some more weird ones, shall we?

That was a good Simpsons episode.

That Edison was a brilliant inventor.

Edison was a cheat, a thief and a con and TESLA DESERVES JUSTICE.

BellaBourgeois

And took credit for Homer Simpson's automated hammer.

VirtuousDangerNoodle

Australia is wack, man.

emus GIF Giphy

The Great Emu War wasn't the only war that Australia lost to the Emus.

They also lost the Second Great Emu War.

B_ootay_ful

​Ok, now that we got our token ​Simpsons ​reference out of the way, let’s get angry.

That does get played down a lot.

That "The Japanese mistreatment of POWs was exaggerated, what it is that they fed them the same ration their own soldiers got and that was not an adequate diet for the larger Americans."

I had a teacher in highschool who actually said that! Tell that to the guys who somehow survived captivity by the Japanese! The guys marched for hours in sweltering heat and marched right past wells that they were forbidden to drink from and were beheaded on the spot if they drank from them anyway.

BTW, they did not feed the POWs the same ration their own men got, not even close!

WF6i

Sooo many kids were misinformed.

That Christopher Columbus discovered America. How the hell do you "discover" a place that already has over six million people living there?

CustardPaws

I'm not sure if the lie about Columbus "discovering" America is worse or is it the sanitization of Columbus' monstrosity. We start our children out with these lies and complete fabrications around the first Thanksgiving and Columbus and it makes it easier for them to fall for lies about slavery, American empire, the purpose behind wars, ongoing racial issues, etc..

Matt_minderbinder

My teachers definitely said this.

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That Martin Luther King ended racism in America.

ZeD00m

"Once upon a time white people were awful to black people for hundreds of years, and then one day MLK gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech and was shot, and then there was no more racism.

Bluecatcollege

Nope.

The freed slaves in America were given 40 acres of land and a mule. No, they did not. But it's still talked about as if it happened...

Sfswine

Those were white freed slaves in states with a charter. Virginia and Pennsylvania are two of them. The slaves were transported criminals and indentured servants who were sold to colonists for a fixed period of time. When that time was up they were granted "40 acres and a mule".

That charter did not extend to black slaves.

Howwasthatdoneagain

No, we definitely existed.

LGBT+ people are a new thing and didn't exist in history. (they absolutely did exist, but homophobic/transphobic historians do all in their power to cover it up).

BuggyCurry

I remember watching a documentary on Pompeii. If I remember correctly, the queen had these bath house things where massive bisexual orgies would take place.

"Homosexuality is a modern 'issue'". Tell that to a kinky queen who lived almost 2,000 years ago.

Screech32210

​A lot of these cases, however, are just plain misinformed.

You mean Hamilton lied to me?

King George Broadway GIF by Hamilton: An American Musical Giphy

This is a fact that a lot of us Americans like to deny, King George didn't tax us just to be an a**hole. We technically were at least one of the reasons the French and Indian war and by extension at least part of the 7 years war happened. King George put taxes on us because he wanted the people who caused the war to pay their debts.

Also George Washington's army was not completely made up of white people, native americans and free black men were a part of the army too and the guy who turned George Washington's ragtag group into an effective fighting force was a gay man. Also only 1/3rd of the colonists actually wanted independence, the rest were either loyalists or didn't care. Also we would not have won the war without help from the French and the Spanish.

Dragonsbreath67

Very similar to recent events.

Ronald Reagan.

Although I consider myself a liberal I actually grew up in a conservative family and I was taught growing up that Reagan was one of the greatest presidents America ever had. As I grew older and did more research on him I came to realize how destructive his policies were and how much damage he did to liberal ideology. He pushed the Republicans to the far right and the Democrats pushed themselves further right as a result.

He also had the most corrupt administration in US History. 138 people were either indicted, convicted or had to resign due to involvement in one of the many scandals his administration had. That's right his administration was more corrupt than the GW Bush or Trump administration.

Tuxedo_Mask_matters

All notable tidbits.

Native people couldn't build boats, and the underestimation of the trade network between them. If they were just like us who says that they couldn't do those things? Polynesian artifacts have been found in California.

And this isn't a lie but there was a Chinese voyage that basically described the coast of California and the local flora and fauna. There's also those Japsnese people that sailed to South America after a volcano erupted, seriously, there's genetic evidence.

And speaking of Asian people, Asians were present in the west when it was a Mexican territory. There was a Filipino presence as well. They all just didn't show up when we needed people to build the railroad.

There is, or there was, I don't know if they're still there, a noticable Jewish population in Charleston. The oldest synagogue in America is there I think. I don't know why they chose Charleston though, but hey.

HH_Homely27

​It’s amazing how much actual history is neglected in history class.

Not how that works.

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That lack of sunlight is why humans in Europe developed white skin, blonde hair and blue eyes.

One, all those things developed at different time periods for different reasons

Two, sunlight or lack thereof had nothing to do with skins turning white. Europeans were still mostly black / dark skinned in 10,000 B.C....this is after they had already been living in Europe and its lower sunlight levels for 35,000 years.

PhillipLlerenas

Interesting.

That the parties in the USA switched.

People portray it as the Republicans becoming evil and the Democrats becoming the good guys, but it was more of a relative switch. The Republican positions basically stayed consistent in absolute terms and the Democrats finally got over the Civil War and went really far to leave their past behind. It's an unpopular opinion, but just look at the platforms now vs. today. Some examples:

Republicans back then: free trade, small government, and cut taxes (Coolidge), segregation is bad, women and minorities should vote, buy American (Mckinley's protectionist tariffs), National Parks & strong military (Teddy Roosevelt). Those are all still pillars of the Republican party today.


Democrats back then: segregation is good, states rights from federal power, and the KKK. Compared to the nowadays Democratic party that favors a bigger federal government over state powers, seeks out voter suppression like a hawk, and is largely supported by minorities.

I'm no Republican, but you'd have to be trying not to notice that one party was more consistent while the other just changed a lot from it's awful past. This isn't to mention issues that both parties moved on like prohibition and gay marriage, for example.

Foreigner4ever

Yikes.

Not sure if this counts because I already knew the correct version of history when she tried it, but my 10th grade world history teacher gave a long winded presentation about how the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

It was about how no matter what it looked like, it was actually the Germans who were 100% to blame for the tragedy. It was a confusing week for my entire graduating class.

Regrettably a few of them weren't quite as capable of agency as others and took her misgivings for facts and the rest is small mid-west town history.

Metalfriends

Ummm who is teaching this?

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Cavemen had to fight dinosaurs.

I was 10 when I found out dinosaurs were long gone when the cavemen arrived.

Zeldacraft_64

Well, I hope you all learned something today. And hopefully in the future we won't get all of our historical facts from Hamilton.

Goes to show that a lot of school curriculums are really misguided, and hopefully with future generations of teachers, that will be fixed.

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Let's talk about sex baby, let's talk about you and me and... everybody you can possibly think of. Why are we so timid do discuss this issue? It's really an American issue. The Europeans seem fine to openly share naughty details and run around naked in front of one another. But in America the topic is still taboo. That's why so many artists push so many boundaries with the topic, to spark discussion. And it's imperative that the discussion be fact-based. Too many schools are handing out information to students that will only cause more problems later. Abstinence is not the only answer and quite frankly, is unlikely. Time to spill facts.

Redditor u/bongzmcdongz was hoping we could all rationally discuss the actualities of the birds and bees by asking... People who had "Abstinence Only" sex education, what was the most outrageous or untrue thing you were told?

***The following material is sensitive but imperative. Those under 17 should have a parental chat!***

"Facts"

I myself attended Catholic school, and we never once discussed the carnal. In fact, when we inquired about Mary and her "Virgin" birth, we were immediately shut down with... because it's in the Bible. What else does one expect nuns to say? Now I did leave Catholic school after eighth grade, so I have no idea what they taught in high school, but it's probably safe to assume they mostly skim the actual facts. Maybe I'm wrong... let's see.

Something is Missing

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I was given a diagram of the female anatomy in which the clitoris had been erased-- as in someone went into MS paint and whited it out on a line drawing of the exterior of the vulva. The urethra, vagina, labia, anus were labelled, and then at the top of the labia, it was whited out.

fraulien_buzz_kill

the what is a WHAT?!

That the actual vagina opening is as small as the tip of a pencil. I also never knew women didn't pee from their vaginas until I was 16. I'm 19 now and learned more from crap-posts on the internet than I ever had in school.

moimoisauna

"I also never knew women didn't pee from their vaginas until I was 16."

Believe it or not, that puts you well ahead of the game. You'd be amazed at the amount of grown men who don't know that! 🌸.

LasRua

SMDH!!

Actual quote from my 9th grade health class:

"If you have sex, chances are you won't get HIV. But, chances are you will."

ToadHeartbreak


Kissing is Gross

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Kissing gets you pregnant.

bigev13

Same except the nuns told us that French kissing in a bathing suit would get you pregnant. Also, they said you shouldn't go on a date to a restaurant that uses white tablecloths because that looks like sheets which would make your date think of bed and you'd end up having sex.

knittininthemitten

Ouch!

Girls and boys had to go to different rooms during sex-Ed. The girls were told that "abstinence is the best option because sex is painful." The boys weren't told that.

I understand that sex can be painful for some people, but pretending sex isn't a source of pleasure at all for women is flat out wrong and depressing.

gnome_rave

"Say What?"

See, now how in the world is any of that considered education? Would you teach addition without using numbers? It's sex people. It's a part of the everyday cycle of life. Some of those responses are truly shocking. I would have laughed out loud even at a young age. It all sounds made up. Oh wait most of that was. Shall we continue?

"Dress" for the occasion...

My girlfriend's sex Ed program in middle school included a wedding dress that they splattered with red paint.

countrymac96

I'm assuming it symbolizes the blood of first sex, which, if is before marriage, taints the pureness of the ritual and thus ruins everything. TLDR sex bad don't screw before ring. Idiots.

Sinister_Fish42

For the Girls

We were shown a video where a lady said she could tell if a girl was a virgin just by looking into her eyes. The implication was that premarital sex causes your spirit to die so that you become just a shell with nothing to offer.

Edit to add: I'm sure you can guess that she didn't say the same applied for the boys, as if teenage girls are the only ones to blame for anyone having premarital sex.

fireflyfly3

At Once?

Seth Meyers Lol GIF by Late Night with Seth Meyers Giphy

Having sex with 1 person is like having sex with 100 people.

KleinP7

No Sharing!

The instructor gave all the boys in the class chewing gum and let them chew on it for a few minutes. Then she asked them if any of them wanted to share. Of course none did. Then she asked if they didn't want to share gum, why would they want to share sex partners?

This was in a co-ed class so all the girls in the class got to see too.

Diet_Coke

We Pray ALOT!!

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I was taught in school that self pleasure was also a sin. So as a young girl discovering her body, every time I masturbated, I'd cry because I thought I was going to hell.

I don't know how many times I prayed to God asking for forgiveness.

phillupontakos

No Hugs

My dad pointed to a teenage couple hugging when i was a kid and told me thats how you get pregnant.

Months later at the fair my aunt put my 5 yr old cousin on the back of my horse and told him to wrap his arms around my waist to hold on. My heart sank. Later that day I shamefully told my dad that my 5 yr old cousin got me pregnant.

bonny_bunny

In Dublin

So I'm Irish and Catholic.

Growing up in Dublin we had church sanctioned sex education, some of the highlights:

-All penises are the same size when erect (we were 14 and this was hilarious to us)

-Being gay is just a phase

-No method of birth control is reliable (including oral sex and body rubbing).

Khale77

Let's Talk

Opposite story: I went to a Catholic high school. My Health teacher was a progressive. So she closed the door and said "Listen, ok, sure, masturbation is a sin or whatever, but it's actually fine. You gotta, you know, clean out the pipes once in a while. Now if your friends ask you to go to the movies and your answer is 'Sorry, gotta stay home and masturbate' probably step it back a bit."

mekdot83

Used Up

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This woman once compared a teenage girl who's had premarital sex as chewed up bubble gum. She then switched the comparison to a pair of worn out shoes. Crap you not.

the89delta

Moist Issues

I was convinced that saliva was involved in the baby-making process. Not that you'd kiss someone and then boom pregnant, but that someone's saliva over time would make their baby look like you. The more saliva, the stronger the resemblance.

Long story short I spit in my cousin's drinks for a solid 2 months because I wanted her baby (she was pregnant at the time) to look like me (who was 8)

ETA: this was about 25 years ago, and also I'm a woman! That's how absolutely terrible my sex education was.

Amaline4

Um... Next Question

The teacher said that you can only really love one sexual partner and that's why it's so important that your spouse be your first and only partner. One of my classmates raised her hand and said, "My mom died when I was a baby and my dad's been married to my stepmom for ten years. Does that mean he only loves one of them?"

The teacher just looked uncomfortable and moved on to how premarital sex causes depression.

Jazmadoodle

Oh Utah

This is probably pretty tame, but Sophomore year our teacher told us using multiple condoms at a time increases its effectiveness.

I then asked my mom the same thing, and her whole job is to teach safe sex to youth.

Spoiler alert: do not layer condoms. It sounds good in practice, but you're actually weakening the condoms and wasting them.

Utah's sex ed policy was/is crap.

JesterTheSheep

Wonder why...

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Went to public school and had real sex ed but had a history teacher who told us that sex before marriage is a sin, because every time you have sex you get pregnant.

And if a kid is born outside of wedlock they are going to hell and we will also go to hell for damning the baby's soul before it's even born. She said condoms and any other birth control is an insult to God and a way for atheists to try and outsmart him. She didn't work there after that year. Wonder why...

Rickrickrickrickrick

What Works

Condoms don't always work so it's better to not use them.

If you ejaculate on a girl (yes, "on") she will get pregnant. Regardless of if you had sex or not.

Boys get so horny sometimes they can't control themselves. So girls, it's up to you to remove temptation for the boys.

Birth control pills disrupt a girl's hormones so badly she will become barren.

Oregonja

Pieces of Me

That every time I (a girl) had sex I was giving away a part of my soul. So each sex partner whittled away bits of my soul. If I had sex before marriage my God-given husband would only get a tiny scrap instead of a full half and thus wouldn't be able to love me as much as he would if I'd waited? Honestly it's pretty confusing. This was taught in my Christian private school.

freckledjezebel

I can't with any of that. It's really shameful. We can't send kids out into the world misinformed. It will only lead to people learning in ways that are even more worrisome. And most parents don't seem comfortable enough to chat about it. Loosen up people. The future of generations is at stake. I'm not saying don't practice abstinence but let's explore all of the options as well. Sex. Say it. Do it. Safely.

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