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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 03:41 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 06:04 am (UTC)
I had teachers accuse me of plagiarism because the vocabulary in my writing was "beyond the range of someone my age."

The phrase "age group" as it pertains to education irritates me a little. People develop at different rates.
31st-Jul-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh I've had this one! I had a professor accuse me of plagiarism because my Spanish was "too good." Nevermind I lived with Argentines. Nevermind I had been studying Spanish since I was in the 8th grade. Nevermind I was fluent in French! My Spanish was "too good," thus it must have been plagiarism.
3rd-Aug-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I had this once. I forget what the word was now, but my 9th grade English teacher demanded to know where I had gotten it from, and why I hadn't cited it. This, after she had known that me and one of my other friends were on the UIL spelling and vocabulary team, and that I had been winning spelling be competitions in the school sine about 3rd grade.
3rd-Aug-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
::sigh:: as I mispell "since"...
31st-Jul-2008 10:46 am (UTC)
I feel for you. My teacher in fifth grade asked me why I used the word "taut" (pulled the bowstring taut) in a short story I wrote for class, and I said "because tight is something else, taut is more accurate." Later, I discovered she entered that story into the town writing contest, and I won a prize.

That was one of the best school years I ever had. The rest were... pretty crap, till I got my major classes in college.

Hoo boy, but the year before that, a teacher called me abnormal because, instead of running around the schoolyard and playing, I prefered to sit down and read thick, small print, no pictures in there save the cover sci-fi and fantasy.
31st-Jul-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
I spent every single break time doing that, since I was about seven. The teachers didn't mind (although one said my eyes would turn into letters - come to think of it that was the same one who said "don't be such a clever dick" when I pointed out a mistake of hers). The worst thing was the other kids who'd come up and just tilt the book up so they could read the back. Rude.

Also reminds me of the time I finished my work early, and was allowed to read in class. I had a copy of the complete George Orwell, and its thickness seemed to astound my classmates. They ended up passing it around like monkeys. "Omg...it's a BOOK..."

We were all fourteen or fifteen at the time.
31st-Jul-2008 11:53 am (UTC)
The worst thing was the other kids who'd come up and just tilt the book up so they could read the back. Rude.

That actually seems like the sort of thing I would've done ^__^;; (not anymore, because I don't usually see people reading anymore, now that I'm out of school) It's like, I want to know what the book's about, but I don't want to interrupt, soooo...*stares at back of book*
31st-Jul-2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Breaks are made for reading AND eating wa ha ha~ <3

I did that in high school, the 'read as soon as my work was finished' - I always made it a point to have the cover visible to the teacher; and always, always, it was a novel. That way they also knew I was finished, by quiet agreement. I think it irritated a number of my classmates though, because I usually finished work waaaay ahead of them. I wrote fast.

In sixth grade I had a classmate, who, having read The Hobbit sent me and my friends on a wild goose chase all over the school writing a note in Elven then sticking it just inside one of my books, and leaving more notes in certain places. We had great fun, and even better, she later lent me her copy of The Hobbit which was a thick, hardbound book that was illustrated with screen captures from the animated movie. I had never read The Hobbit (read LotR, but had no copy of the Hobbit at the time) and seeing the pictures made me realize that a movie I had watched a year before while sick at home with the flu was a back-to-back The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings animated movies (this was while I was in the US.) (Frodo of the Nine Fingerrrrrrsssss~)

I remember too, how I was allowed to skip Filipino class (At the time, I couldn't speak it properly, nor could I read in it - lacked vocabulary -, and I pronounced English with a distinct German accent, so I had the greatest of difficulty pronouncing the language.) The teacher gave me the task of writing in simple Filipino, short essays instead. For this end I was sent to the library with its dark, dusty shelves. Looking back now, I had incredibly flexible and lenient teachers; they always knew that I could be found in the library.

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Edited at 2008-07-31 12:21 pm (UTC)
31st-Jul-2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
My parents and teachers all thought that my lousy social skills were caused by my preference for reading books over playing with my classmates.
6th-Aug-2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Same here! I kept having my books taken away. :(
1st-Aug-2008 04:51 am (UTC) - Kids in elementary school used to try to scare me
by telling me that in Middle School you could get detention for haviong books at lunch. I was terrified, since I spent most of my lunch reading. Eventually I figured out that the rule was designed to keep kids from doing homework in lunch, not to keep bookworms from reading.
2nd-Aug-2008 07:50 am (UTC) - Re: Kids in elementary school used to try to scare me
That seems unfair. A kid should be able to do homework at lunch if they want to, especially considering that some kids can't do homework at home. A girl in my junior high had several siblings that she was basically raising, so she had to do all of her work at school or fail. :/
1st-Aug-2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
, 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."

I will always remember using the word "thwart" in something for my sixth grade history class and my teacher commenting on it, impressed I used an uncommon word.

I can't imagine a teacher saying I couldn't use a word because they thought I shouldn't know what it meant.
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