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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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1st-Aug-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
What if they're being really snotty about it? Because I was guilty of that when I was a little bratling. >_>

I couldn't help it! My sixth-grade science teacher was SUCH a douche, and he clearly had such a low opinion of our intelligence (when really, there were a lot of bright, science-loving kids in the class.) We were doing a unit on really basic biology, learning about cells and such, and I was really excited because my dad is a microbiologist and so I knew I'd do well.

The teacher drew a diagram of an animal cell on the board and started going on really condescendingly about how he didn't approve of having to teach this stuff to kids our age, because we were too young to understand it and he didn't expect us to get it, so we should just sit down and not say anything while he went through it.

I raised my hand and pointed out that he'd forgotten the ribosomes. He was not happy.

As far as I recall, he was fired shortly thereafter for having a complete screaming meltdown and giving an entire class detention because some girl had done her homework in the wrong color pen.
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