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Writer's Block: Life's lessons

If you could confront the worst teacher you've ever had, what would you tell him or her?

This is a tough question, because while I remember my schooling being a very frustrating experience, I don't remember very many of my teachers after elementary school, and the ones do I remember are mostly the good ones. I failed two classes in high school, English and photography, and I think I possessed a fair degree of competence in both subjects while I was taking the classes and have made good use of both skill sets since then, but I have nothing in particular to say to either teacher, and I bear no grudge toward either of them. I'm pretty sure the English teacher has cashed in her chips by now.

As a matter of self-image wishful thinking, I'd like to say that I don't hold any grudges, but that would be false. I am still carrying some anger and resentment, but not for any of the people who tried to instruct me in an academic environment. The system is worse than useless, and those teachers that manage to make the best of a crappy situation don't rise above the circumstances of their job because some former student dropped in and sand bagged them with a load of long-held resentment.


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Mar. 5th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
there is a cultural difference here versus when i was growing up in india. it is different in india now..with individuality being more important. it wasnt so when i was in school..the order in which respects to be paid is 'mata, pita, guru, deivam..'...first mother for giving birth..second, to the father, ffor being the reason for existence...then, to the teacher..for being the deliverer of knowledge and finally, the last one being god.

i still believe that a teacher can do no wrong...the person who has chosen to play the role of a teacher may or may not fulfill his/her duty, but is still responsible for knowledge. and one can learn from everything..

this worshipful attitude towards 'the teacher' caused me problems when i was a student for short stints in the states as well as in england. i still dont feel resentful. there was a lesson in there somewhere..my teachers took liberties..werent afraid to push me. parents were surely not going to take my side versus the teachers. i find that teachers 'work' for students here..and there is so much apathy. 20 something years ago, they were surrogate parents...but things have changed in india these days, i hear.

i dont know if my experience was a good one or a bad one..but i am ok with it. when i think 'teacher'..i feel 'gratitude'. they werent saints..still...cultural wiring, i guess.
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