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The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem. Lets go… 
30th-Jul-2008 05:47 pm
The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem.

Lets go back 20 some-odd years to kindergarden. We were learning how to write our names. My name is spelled Jaime, as opposed to Jamie. Not only did the teacher tell my I was spelling my name wrong, she called my parents and threatened to fail me because I refused to spell my name Jamie. When my parents told her my name is in fact spelled Jaime, she refused to listen. She even took the time to yell at my parents and tell them they were wrong for teaching me to read and write before kindergarden(both activities that I loved to do when I was that young). The teacher then told the principal that my parents were undermining her teachings and filed a complaint with the superintendent of the district. This resulted in a meeting between the super, my parents, and the teacher. All was resolved when my parents showed my birth certificate that in fact had my name spelled Jaime.

It boggles my mind that the teacher had to go that far just to be told by her bosses' boss I had in fact been spelling my own name right. Then to tell my parents it was wrong to teach me basic reading and writing? I mean come on. Seriously.
31st-Jul-2008 03:16 am (UTC)

31st-Jul-2008 03:25 am (UTC)

I used to have teachers that got mad at me for knowing things before they taught them. I never understood that. I always praise my students when they've worked ahead or know something else.

I told one student that I made a mistake and I would fix it before the next lesson. Another teacher overheard me and said, "You never let the students know you've made a mistake. It undermines your authority."

31st-Jul-2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Ugh, I hate that authority trip. I'm never prouder of my students than when they use their brains to prove me wrong.

But then, its not my fault - you can blame my teachers for introducing me to Friere.
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31st-Jul-2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Some people become teachers because they honestly love to help a child grow and learn.

Some people become teachers because they are total control freaks, and it's easier to exert that control over kids than it is over their adult peers.

I think I can guess which of these two she might be.

I was once hauled into the principal's office, with the principal, vice principal, both my parents, the head of the social studies dept, my US history teacher, the head of the Talented & Gifted program, and the school counselor because I had, on purpose, written a ninth page to what was supposed to be an 8-page paper. It was apparently, in my teacher's eyes, a vicious act of rebellion.
31st-Jul-2008 03:33 am (UTC)
damn you and your extra knowledge!
31st-Jul-2008 03:41 am (UTC)
...WOW. That's...wow. New level of fail, there.

Reminds me of my fifth-grade teacher, who told me that my last name was in fact spelled Little Jon (it's Littlejohn) and she knew because she had a friend in college whose FIRST name was Little Jon. This was the same woman who tried to tell me I was Lutheran because I was Mormon (and Mormons are...Lutherans? o_O), got very very angry with me for reading The Hobbit the summer before I started school, and said I wasn't allowed to use the word "eccentric" in a book report because it was "too big a word for someone as young as me."

This was my first year of public schooling. It was pretty traumatic.
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31st-Jul-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
When you are power-tripping over KINDERGARTEN KIDS, you know you have a problem.
31st-Jul-2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, this.
31st-Jul-2008 03:57 am (UTC)

In this day and age where even the simplest of names are butchered almost beyond recognition (I had an order taken at a pizza place by a girl who's name tag read 'Stephanknee' or something close to that), I tend to think that the actual owner of the name knows how it's spelled better than anyone else...
31st-Jul-2008 03:59 am (UTC)
31st-Jul-2008 04:09 am (UTC)
When we were in first grade we had to learn to write our address. I kept putting an "e" on the end of the street name, and my parents kept saying, "No, there's no 'e.'" So the day came, I proudly wrote my address (with no "e" on the street name) the teacher looked at me and said, "Isn't this spelled with an "e"?" I screamed at her that there was no "e" since I'd finally gotten it right and she made the same mistake. She looked it up in my file and said, "Huh, you're right, there's no 'e'." Wouldn't I know my own address, after practicing for so long?
31st-Jul-2008 08:19 am (UTC)
And your teacher handled it in just the right manner. She checked the file. Amazing!
31st-Jul-2008 04:13 am (UTC)
In my fantasy world, this woman was taken to a nice padded room where she could recieve the help she most desperately needed.
31st-Jul-2008 04:18 am (UTC)
And I thought I was the only one humiliated for spelling names the right way. I moved in third grade, and made friends with a girl named Lillian. She shortened her name as Lilli. I wrote an assignment for class, and the teacher took of 10 points for not spelling it Lily. Even though the girl was in the same class, and wrote her name as Lilli. The teacher just thought it SHOULD be spelled as Lily, who cares about reality.
31st-Jul-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I was once marked down on a story I wrote for class because "dragons can't be beautiful". I'm still bitter
31st-Jul-2008 04:19 am (UTC)
My grandmother on my dad's side once made me cry when I was five because she said I had a different middle name than the one I'd been told I had for the five years previously. The crazy bit being that my middle name was the same as hers, on purpose; she told five year old me that "Jean" was her name, and my name must be "Jane" because they couldn't possibly be the same. So much for that gesture of tribute on my parents' part, I guess.
31st-Jul-2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Very similar story for me. My grandmas middle name is "May" my mom used it for me but spelled it "Mae". This was of course a huge insult to my grandmother and my name is spelled wrong. Don't even get me started on what she thinks of my first name...
31st-Jul-2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Ignoring the fact it took me forever to notice what the difference in the name was...

This reminds me of when I was in fourth grade:
My teacher said something about Mexicans, and I said (in all my eagerness) that I was a Mexican. He gave me a look that was half pity and half incredibility. "You are not a Mexican," he said with a laugh. Brow furrowed, I insisted I was. "Jason, you are not a Mexican. You shouldn't lie like that!"

Now, granted, I was a pale kid with blue eyes, but, my mother, who he had met several times before on the other hand: 1) Looked REALLY Mexican, 2) Had a hispanic surname 3) Had, very recently, cursed him out in perfect Spanish. In fact, I had just started signing my name with my mom's surname in his class. Um. Yeah.

Your story is hardcore. Sheesh
31st-Jul-2008 05:13 am (UTC)
I had that same issue growing up. Pale, go straight to red rather than tan, and can't speak a word of Spanish so no one has ever believed that I'm actually Mexican until they meet my sisters. Even then I've often been asked when I was adopted...
31st-Jul-2008 04:50 am (UTC)

You can be failed... in kindergarten?!
31st-Jul-2008 07:34 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
31st-Jul-2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I know my mom tells me that my teacher became very upset with her for teaching me how to read before Kindergarden. Guess some people are just idiots.
31st-Jul-2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Oooh, that happened to me, too!

And they wonder why I grew up with a bad attitude... :D
31st-Jul-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I've never understood why kindergarten teachers insist on yelling at parents for teaching their own children. I could get it if the kid came in thinking the sky was green or something, but being able to read and write? I thought we could all agree that those are important things to know.
25th-Aug-2008 03:55 am (UTC)
They get upset because now they have to think.

They have a set of procedures for teaching reading to kids who can't read.

Any kid who can is:
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