The Teacher Who Never Sucked and The Old Testament


I worked in the 70’s next to a teacher who was a good  award-winning teacher but had an ongoing problem with teenagers and their choices of words. In particular it was popular for students during that era to say with little prompting, “That sucks.” This teacher always took exception to that particular phrase with  punishments  of often Old Testament proportions.

In the modern era we have the phrase , “Going Postal.” In many of the schools I have taught in, a teacher who at times over-disciplined was often described by other teachers as going , ” Old Testament”  The Old Testament teachers tend to control behaviors with unbending forceful and at times physical punishments as opposed to “New Testament” teachers who were softer and more forgiving. I fell somewhere in between the two with my discipline. At times mis-behavior begged for a forceful response that said “Stop it now!” and never do it again.  At other times mis-behavior calls for a teaching response that asks them to learn from what they have done and work on stopping it in the future.  Both responses have a place in education.

I’m guessing that this good teacher went “Old Testament,” over “That sucks.” because the visual produced in their brain did not involve a thick chocolate malted with a straw.   I’m  also guessing that students aiming, “That Sucks.” at a teacher in a modern classroom would be unnoticeable or at times even praised for having not used other possibly more graphic word choices.

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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2 Responses to The Teacher Who Never Sucked and The Old Testament

  1. HaLin says:

    ‘That sucks!’ is among the milder things kids use these days. 🙂

    • safrisri says:

      When I was in high school the most commonly violated rules were generally chewing gum, not having your shirt tucked in and wearing skirts too short. Yes there were more serious problems, some of which I may have even been guilty of but they were of a much lower noise level and frequency than what we commonly see today. The teacher who never sucked actually paddled kids for using that term in his class. in middle school!. My oh my how things have changed.

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