Friday, September 19, 2008

teacher epithet questioned


Well, I just returned from parents' day, and I must say, I would not refer to that kind and expansive young man who is trying to drill some math into some teenage skulls as either old OR a "douche bag."

I enjoyed sitting in each of her classrooms for an attenuated version of her day; I'd say she is pretty lucky to have that group of individuals as her teachers. But she won't realize that for a good long time . . .

16 comments:

lettuce said...

that sounds like a pretty good parents days like that - after 2 years in secondary school, we've only met a couple of LG's teachers, and not in any structured way...

so we just have to take her word for what they are like.

(or not...)

JGH said...

You're so right - sometimes only time can give us the perspective to realize how good we had it. I had a boss that I really hated early in my career, but now I realize how much I learned from her and still call upon her teachings every day. Today's douchbag is tomorrow's sage.

Kurt said...

70% of Americans say the public schools are doing poorly. 70% of public school parents say the school their child attends is doing well.

Steve said...

Apparently "douchebag" is the word du jour for young people these days...

Angie Ledbetter said...

Kinda like they won't realize what jewels they had for moms till much later too, huh?

Pecos Blue said...

That is great to have teachers like that.

Shammickite said...

Angir said it right... and none of us appreciate how good we have it until it's too late, right?

citizen of the world said...

I guess part of being a kid is ridiculing your teachers, huh? Just as long as they don't say it where their teachers can hear...

angela said...

You only appreciate it when it's over..my own children who are 19 & 20 tell me how they should have enjoyed school at the time..well I told them but they wouldn't listen!

d. chedwick said...

by the time she realizes the teachers were good and high school was a good place to be, she may not be able to remember the teacher's names.

Betty said...

Heh! Hindsight - 'tis a wonderful thing.
I remember my primary school teachers with much affection, but my secondary teachers with, umm, mixed feelings. (I'm sure it was mutual!!)
Lettuce is right - parents days over here are generally a much less structured affair. I would have loved to have had the chance to sit at back of class and hear what my girls were hearing :-)

Betty C. said...

Sigh...you're right to make her think about what she's saying, though.

Hey, I saw your list of blog subscriptions on your profile. I hadn't explored this feature yet. In wonder if it just works for Blogger blogs?

Betty C. said...

That is "I" wonder, of course. Sigh again.

Reya Mellicker said...

She is lucky! To have good teachers but also to have a mum who is able to notice how good they are, and who cares.

I salute you!!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I don't ever remember having the ability to actually sit in em's classes when she was in h.s. - I think that would have been great.

our impressions and ideas of the h.s. experience as parents are so different than that of our kids. actually when I was in h.s. I hated it and about 90% of my teachers, and couldn't wait to get out...fortunately it didn't ruin my love of learning and when I went to university I never wanted to leave...which explains much about my life after the age of 18.... (oh by the way I never have come around to appreciating my high school experience or my teachers....)

alice said...

Judging from the outfit on the central person in that photo, you visited the same school my daughter attended for a few of her high school years. In my experience, that word may not apply to many of the teachers there (though there are a few...) -- but it is an apt description of quite a few of the administrators! ;-D