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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.
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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 06:39 pm (UTC)
That's... terrible. WTF was wrong with that teacher?
2nd-Aug-2008 03:34 am (UTC)
i agree. that is godawful and depressing on several levels, and sub-levels regarding being a teacher.
8th-Aug-2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I feel your pain. I remember having a particularly depressive day in junior high and writing a short essay about how humans have no real control over their lives. I thought it was quite clever - I still have a copy of it in a box somewhere! And yet, I was marked down because the teacher didn't agree with my pessimism.

This was in a Gifted and Talented program, no less.
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