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Which teachers did you despise/dislike when you were at school?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Reecedouglas1, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Reecedouglas1

    Reecedouglas1 New commenter

    We all have them

    I will start

    Year 6 teacher - awful relationship with all the pupils

    Year 8 maths - had to seperate the class into two about half way through , it was clear she was struggling.
  2. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    "Separate"; your english teacher wasn't much good either! ;)

    Don't know where I'd start: Taught in a Catholic boys grammar by some priests, some brothers, and some "lay" staff. Most were evil, vicious, violent, sick, callous ..... if their hell exists, I hope most of them are toasting on Lucifer's pitchfork.
  3. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Separate the class into two?
    Why would you despise someone who was struggling?
    I hated none (oops one) oh yes two. Both used physical violence as a sanction for 2 very minor misdemeanours when I was 5 and 6, in the days when it was legal!
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  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    That's what I was going to say.

    I don't think I despised any of my teachers. I liked some more than others. Some were better than others. Some I respected more than others. But I can't honestly think of any I've despised.

    Unless we are counting some of the truly nasty ones I've had the misfortune to work with over the years...
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  5. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I didn’t despise or dislike any of mine either. There was a student maths teacher who struggled and I am now mortified that we behaved so badly in her class. The Biology teacher irritated me a bit, but then I didn’t enjoy Viology.
  6. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Sr Ann Gabriel. She should never have been in charge of Reception. Terrifying, cold and violent.
    My failed Jesuit form tutor in high school. He was a truly hopeless teacher and played the sympathy card for all it was worth.
    Mr Williams, maths. As if I wasn't struggling enough, for O level I get a man whose idea of teaching was to work the same example on the board that was in the book, in silence, with his back to us, and then tell us to do the rest of them like that. To state that you hadn't understood would unleash a barrage of wrath - you should have paid attention. Are you thick? Are you paying for personal tuition? I just used to bunk off on the days we had double maths.
  7. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Maths teachers, I hated Maths, now one of my best friends is a former Head of Maths!!
  8. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    A psychopathic Head of Geography who threw several students down flights of stairs and tried to throw me over a balcony on the second floor

    I took great delight in punching his lights out during a fight that he started in the staff v pupils rugby match
  9. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    I'm afraid you misjudge the human race.
    I neither despised nor disliked a single teacher at school. I saw them for what they were-responsibly employed adults, hard working professionals, qualified specialists, some of whom I had a greater affinity with than others. I never came close to dislike, but I did find there were a few to whom I listened less acutely.
    Nowadays I can sense that a child may dislike me now and then, that's true for us all, but I also observe that that particular child in other contexts has a capacity to dislike generally. It might be all their teachers, it might be the sandwich in their lunchbox, it might be the school trip that they are lucky enough to go on. Who knows in what this is founded. I'd like to think it's not to do with Maths and it's not to do with me. I am not that important.
    Maybe it stems from ultimately disliking themselves now and then.
    Maybe that is what you are actually asking in this thread? Who feels so down on themselves in a particular moment that they decide to despise the person temporarily in front of them who is attempting to provide an opportunity?
    I suppose since we all work with kids like that, it must mean that there are adults who have memories of being that kid themselves
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  10. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    Do we have to love or hate teachers just for doing a low status job?
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  11. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    I don't think I ever had a teacher I "despised". They were just people trying to do a tough job the best they could.
    Now, if you asked about colleagues and superiors I've despised - who I thought were personally corrupt or who exploited their position or who had nothing left to offer their students - that's another story.
  12. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    @sbkrobson - that does sound just a little bit priggish.
  13. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    PE teacher. PE last lesson and she came charging into the changing room and she started to wipe the floor, walls and ceiling with me, calling me for all the bullies in the school and being cruel to my polder sister. For once in my life I was speechless.:eek:
    My chums asked me what she was talking about and I couldn't tell them as I had no idea. When I got home, sis arrived with one eye black and blue and swollen closed. I had a word about what had happened-she had run into someone and their shoulder had connected with her eye. Later she'd seen PE teacher who asked what had happened and she said as a joke that I'd clobbered her!! Mum said sis must find teacher following morning and explain.
    I had PE again later that day and teacher asked me to come outside the changing room while she apologised. I accepted but did comment that maybe she should have said sorry in front of the class, like she had when she bol locked me. :mad:
  14. celago22

    celago22 Established commenter

    PE teacher at secondary school who shouted at me in front of the whole class because I had a note to get out of swimming (I had a streaming cold).

    From that point, I dreaded all PE lessons and it's probably why I hate swimming now.

    Awful teacher.

    (my parents complained and she never apologised)

    Also had two science teachers whose idea of teaching was to get us to copy out of a book. They clearly could not be bothered with us.

    Despise is a pretty strong word to describe feelings towards a teacher though. I genuinely have respect for all teachers. It's just teachers who clearly don't care or who have no compassion should not be in the classroom.
  15. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I don’t think this thread is bringing out the best in anyone ? :eek:
  16. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    It would be lovely, or do I mean bland, forced and featureless, to like, appreciate, respect, admire everyone equally but it ain't so.
  17. celago22

    celago22 Established commenter

    You can dislike someone and still respect them.
  18. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I would say you can dislike someone and treat them respectfully, but respect has to be earnt.

    There were just two teachers at my school who I treated respectfully as was required, particularly at the time, but I now hold in contempt.

    The PE teacher, an ex-squaddie who took a sadistic delight in picking on the most vulnerable kids making them feel small and frightened; and the chemistry teacher who was absolutely useless at teaching and thought he could wallop education into his bored class.

    Both would be struck off of teaching these days, but things were different in the 60s.
  19. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    I didn't hate him, but my A level chemistry teacher was my least favourite. I think I mostly passed the exam to annoy him...
  20. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Did I suggest otherwise? The verbs were separate.

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