Graded A Bee Plus

, , , , , , | Learning | June 15, 2017

(During my senior year of high school, I sign up to take a class called ‘Preschool Lab.’ It is a class where we teach pre-schoolers between the ages of three to five, and create weekly lesson plans. This class is mainly for students who are either planning on going into early childhood education or are thinking about it. Although this class is a lot of fun and I enjoy working with the children and seeing them grow, the teacher can come off as rude every once in a while if we do something that is beyond her expectations, especially when it comes to their art projects. It is the first day of preschool class during the spring semester and we have two new students who have just turned three years old and are also twins. They are the youngest while the other students are between the ages of four and five. A lot of my classmates and teachers are frustrated with the twins because they do their own thing but they begin to become attached to me and only want to work with me. One day we are working on creating bumblebees and I am helping one of the twins create hers. She puts one eye near the top of the paper and the other eye near the nose. Since my teacher likes all of the projects to be the exact same way and “perfect,” I open my mouth to correct her but when she smiles proudly and is so excited that she put the eyes on by herself, I don’t have the heart to tell her it is wrong. I don’t think it will be a big deal, since she did everything else correctly, so I decide to praise her.)

Me: “[Twin #1]! I love your bumblebee. It’s so good! Well done!”

(As I say this, I notice the classmate next to me look over at it and frown, then get up to talk to the teacher. The twin begins laughing and turns around to show her sister, who also did the eyes a little unevenly but is also really proud of herself. When I hear my teacher clear her throat behind me, I look up and to my surprise, she looks furious.)

Teacher: “[Classmate], help [Twin #1] and [Twin #2] fix the eyes while I talk to [My Name] outside.”

(My classmate tries to help the twins fix their artwork but they immediately put their hands on their artwork to prevent her and start to cry. When I get in the hallway, my teacher glares at me and I know what is about to happen.)

Teacher: “[My Name], you know all of the pre-schooler’s projects have to be exactly the same. Why on earth would you encourage those twins to do their projects incorrectly?”

Me: “They are proud of their artwork and I wasn’t going to discourage them just because it isn’t the same as the other classmates.”

Teacher: “But I expect you to! If the parents saw that their artwork were different from the other students, they will start to think their children are stupid and can’t do a simple task!”

(I have met the twinsโ€™ parents multiple times and I know for a fact they would want me to encourage their children, no matter how different their work turns out from their classmates.)

Me: “I’m sorry but they were proud of themselves for finishing their artwork and when [Classmate] tried to correct them, they got upset. Not every student’s artwork has to be the exactly the same as each other and it doesn’t mean they are stupid. I’m not going to discourage them over a little mistake when they did everything else correctly.”

Teacher: *sighs* “I don’t think the twins are adjusting to the preschool. I think it’s time for me to talk to the parents to consider pulling them out and when they see their bumblebees I’m sure they will see where I’m coming from. In the future, [My Name], make sure that EVERY project is exactly the same as the other students and that they are perfect. I’m afraid I’m going to have to deduct points from you today for not following instructions.”

(When we go back into the classroom, I notice the twins are still crying and refusing to let my classmate fix their bees, and when my teacher instructs my classmate to let it go, she moves on to the next kid. When I sit back down next to the twins, they show me their bees again and I smile at them and tell them they did a very good job while ignoring the glares my classmate and teacher are giving me. When the class is over, my teacher pulls the twinsโ€™ parents aside to talk to them about how the twins aren’t adjusting, but when they see their parents, the twins grab their artwork and run over to them.)

Twin #1: “Mommy, Daddy! Look, I made a bee!”

Twin #2: “Look at my bumblebee, Mommy and Daddy!”

(The parents look at the bumblebees and look at the teacher, and back at the twins, and say:)

Mother: “Oh, [Twin #1] and [Twin #2], these are beautiful bees! I love the way the eyes are!”

Father: “Wow! These are perfect bees and are going right on our fridge! Good job, girls!”

Teacher: “But do you see why I don’t think the girls are ready for preschool? See how uneven the eyes are compared to the other student’s bees?”

Father: “Of course they are going to be different from the other students! They just turned three. It’s not going to be perfect but that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready for preschool!”

Mother: “We are very proud of our girls for attempting it and we want our daughter’s artwork to stand out from the other students. If you don’t believe in our children like we do then I don’t think this is the right preschool for us.”

Father: “Come on, girls! How about we take you out for a little ice cream for doing a good job today at preschool?”

(Before my teacher could open her mouth to argue, the parents grabbed their stuff and left the classroom. Surprisingly the twins did come back the next day and by the end of the semester, they were probably the most creative students out of the entire class. Even though my teacher never apologized to me or gave me my points back, the twins still insisted to only work with me and she never again criticized me or deducted points from me for letting them do their own thing!)

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  • Ansley Grizzle

    I’m studying Art Education at college to one day become an art teacher and teachers like this are not uncommon. It’s really sad that people think that perfection is more important than expression!

    • Artsy Fan

      It’s such a freakin shame! Why teach a 3 year old that artwork has to conform? It’s gonna start soon enough with grade school…

      • Anneke Oosterink

        Even worse, they’re three! Fine motor skills aren’t even fully developed at three (or older for that matter) so the fact that they managed to even put the eyes on at all is great.

    • EricKei

      Exactly! If you’re teaching an art class to *adults* where the idea is to get a very specific technique nailed down, then yeah, near-perfection is what you’d expect. But these are kids! As long as they follow the basic instructions (e.g. “draw a bumblebee”), that’s what counts. Let them decide how the critters should look, and encourage them to develop their own style.

      • Jhinnua

        This comment reminded me of a story I read involving three young friends drawing animals. Friend 1 and 2 got mad at 3 for copying their bears. She ignored their protests and when they turned in their exact same pictures, Friend 1 and 2 tattled. Friend 3 touched each picture. “Bear, bear, female lion”

      • cylon_toast

        That just reminded me of when I was in one of my art classes and we were supposed to be doing a painting of a nude model. Everyone was using the right painting techniques of mixing colors and whatever, I blended and painted with my fingers a lot of the time. At the end we had to critique each other’s work and the group that critiqued mine said it was perfect and they had no critiques. (I have no idea why they thought that, but I guess they liked it)

        Even in my “adult” art class doing things differently seemed to work out.

    • James Jiao

      I assume you meant ‘perfection in art’, which I am fine with. I would, however, disagree with you in pretty much any field that requires precision – like engineering, computing and etc.

      • Vulpis

        Indeed…I thought the point of Art *was* to be creative and different.

      • Yeah exactly. I’m not artsy, but I do know art is about expression. Other stuff you’d want perfect stuff, but not with art.

    • Tomes Linehan

      I literally got kicked out of my art class and couldn’t take the GCSE exam for it because it was beyond her that Art is meant to be expressive or not everyone has the same art style, no skin off my back during what would have been that lesson I took up Textiles instead, at least they praised creativity ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Khlovia

      I am aghast. Art teachers think a student’s work must be identical to everyone else’s in order to be “perfect”?! Hey, I have a great idea: let the best artist in the class do the assignment, and just install a photocopier in a back corner of every art classroom….

  • MrowrKittyKitty

    Love those parents! Between an art teacher with an attitude like that and another who insisted on eye contact at all times–I was listening but extended eye contact HURT; later found out I had Asperger’s–I gave up all my artsy interests as a child.

    • Khlovia

      Dang, I hate hearing stories like this.

      I hope someday you take back what’s rightfully yours.

    • Christina Phillips

      Totally understand about the eye contact thing, being Asperger’s myself, though for me, it’s more a feeling of super anxiety (like ‘RUN FOR IT! feelings) than hurt. Just look at people’s mouths, and it apparently looks like you’re looking higher, at least if you’re shorter than them.

    • TallieFalcon

      Dude. As someone else who is an Aspie, eye contact makes me think that mind-readers exist. I don’t like feeling like someone can see into my soul and know that I really hate having to converse.

      It helped that I was homeschooled, but was also taught to socialize “properly”. Doesn’t help that I still don’t always understand how…

      • MrowrKittyKitty

        I can and do make what most people consider “appropriate”eye contact, 30-40%. This woman expected 100% eye contact and would stop teaching in the middle of a sentence and stare at you if you weren’t giving it to her. I learned to look at her shoulder or over her head as a coping strategy, eventually, but before that, I felt shamed on a regular basis.

  • xXNamirXx

    What a horrible teacher. Good on you student teacher person!!

  • Flami

    That senior teacher is not a good one. I love the parents and student teacher!

    • arglebargle

      Sounds to me like the parents are going to raise some happy, confident kids. And the young potential teacher is going to do a great job with a few generations of children. Good story.

  • Catherine Stone

    What a horrifying excuse for a teacher!

    • Indeed. Being a perfectionist is the absolute worst fit for dealing with preschoolers.

  • Ana Kerie

    My first grade teacher yelled at me for coloring my elephants grey when everyone else colored theirs pink.Six-year-old me got into a heated argument with an elderly nun that “Elephants ARE GREY!”

    • Kathryn Baggs

      Ugh, tell me about it. I got docked a perfect grade because I only had brick red for my apple instead of normal red. Stupid.

      • Max

        In first grade, my teacher had us color an apple by starting with a dot in the middle and then going round and round with the crayon to make the apple ‘look round’. I decided that was nuts and just colored back and forth as usual, being careful to stay in the lines, then did a few strokes of round and round coloring on top of that. Not only did she not notice I hadn’t done it as she said, she held it up as a good example:-D

        • Finally a good teacher. The rest of these comments are about bad teachers.

    • Vicemage

      Kindergarten me got in trouble for coloring a cow red-brown instead of fire engine red, and for drawing proper stripes on a cat instead of cartoon prison uniform stripes. Kindergarten me argued that cows are not fire engine red and cats do not have vertical stripes. Kindergarten me’s parents ended up getting called. They took my side.

    • Christina Phillips

      I think I had similar arguments when I was young because I didn’t see the point of making things colours they weren’t ‘supposed’ to be.

      Granted, they were probably just trying to get me to be more creative, but still… As it turns out, my creativity lies in writing and making up stories, not art. My art is horrible. If I actually spend a lot of time on it, I could probably improve a good bit, but I really don’t want to. It’s so tedious…

    • Not quite the same, but I do remember something coming up when we were supposed to cut something out along the lines.

      Problem was that it was a drawing of Abraham Lincoln, and that had a lot of lines.

      And that’s how I learned “cut along the lines” only means the outside lines.

      • Annie Dodd

        That’s brilliant, really made me laugh – thanks

        • Pretty sure “brilliant” was the furthest thing from the teacher’s mind that day, but thanks. =)

    • Amber Harding

      I got in trouble at Kindergarten for attempting to color a strawberry purple instead of red; got escorted out of the classroom and sat in another one to finish the picture; I dunno if they were taking me out of there just to isolate me, or what, but I felt it a little harsh at the time.

      Actually, I didn’t have a red crayon at first and, being the extremely shy thing that I was, didn’t bother to ask and instead reached for the closest color, purple…I wonder if red-orange would have passed better, in hindsight. x3 Ah well, didn’t discourage me; I’ve become an artist, and I can draw BLUE strawberries if I so desire. XD

    • Hanna Cross

      My sister one time got docked on her science test b/c the question read “When the moon is full, how much of the moon do we see”. She said “half” b/c you can’t see a sphere all the way around from any angle. She was marked wrong. Everyone else who marked “the entire moon” got it right and the teacher wouldn’t budge. Some people are just dickswads.

    • Andrew

      I remember an assignment in fourth grade to pick a shape (not a geometric shape, just any shape, be creative), cut it out, and trace it a bunch at random spots on a sheet.

      My mother got called in for general behavior problems (teacher and I didn’t get along). She asked my mom to pick which one was mine (thinking she’d get to point out the obviously-crappiest one as mine). My mom got mine right away, not because it was badly done, but because the shape I used was clearly the Millennium Falcon.

    • jokergirl129

      Really is weird that the teacher would yell at you for coloring an elephant the right color. Especially if everyone was allowed to color the elephant however they wanted and weren’t instructed to color them a certain way.

      • Ana Kerie

        She hated me. Most of the nuns were actually sweethearts, but this one just did not like children at all. One day I watched her backhand one of my classmates for not being on the right page, and then scream at him for bleeding on his textbook (she’d split his lip open). Years later as an adult I ran into him again and asked him about it: his parents tried to sue but were told they couldn’t sue a nun…

        • Silent Hunter

          Holy crap, what country was this in? Can’t have been the US because separation of church and state means you absolutely should be able to sue a nun.

          • Ana Kerie

            It was in the U.S. A little suburb just outside of Cincinnati. This happened in 1981. It wasn’t a bad school: I loved most of the nuns there and they were good people. Strict but good. But that woman…she was a monster.

        • jokergirl129

          That is horrible! Seriously can’t believe she got away with that. At least the other Nuns were decent people but still. Honestly if she hated children that much she had no business teaching at all.

    • Ingoma

      Kindergarten me had no idea how lucky she was for getting a Montessori education that encouraged free thinking in education. Current me will never let her future children experience a regular kindergarten after finding out what the best school district around us is like. (They are 3! They do NOT need to be doing homework! Just. No.)

  • Agent Tarter

    That…is so opposite to research-based preschool education that I don’t even know where to begin. For the record, in my area, preschool kids aren’t even supposed to do structured crafts; you can provide a model but if they decide to do their own thing, you let them. Encouraging creativity is MUCH more valuable at that age than a perfect craft project. OP, you’re going to be a great preschool teacher if that’s what you decide to do ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrew Getting

      I believe it’s common to nudge children along certain lines — i.e. ask them to draw their family, which can be a subtle way to see how the child views their home life. I can even see an advanced class where you give out yellow and black cotton balls and show the kids how to make a bee, which could be more a lesson about following instructions than about the quality of the finished product.

      No excuse for this insanity, though. .

      • Agent Tarter

        Yep, that’s what I was meaning by providing a model – but if you ask kids to draw their family and they want to draw dinosaurs instead, research recommends just letting them draw what they want to draw ๐Ÿ™‚

        Even for upper-year preschoolers, you don’t really need to incorporate following instructions into the craft project – they get lots of practice at that in other places. Crafts/drawing/etc. at the preschool age are really about building fine motor control and prewriting skills, and they’ll do that no matter what they make – so forcing them to make something they don’t want just ends up discouraging them from practicing!

        My kids’ preschool was a parent co-op and we dealt with this fight EVERY YEAR from parents who wanted their kids to be doing letter worksheets etc. every day. We always had to say, “Look, not only does research not recommend it, but we can get marked down by the inspector if she comes in and finds evidence we’ve been doing that.” I wish people would really look at the research, because play-based, flexible learning is SO valuable at that age, much more than directed learning.

  • Heather Dacey

    Obviously that art teacher has never heard of Pablo Picasso. She needs to open her eyes and stop being such an ass. They’re preschoolers for Pete’s sake.

    • Vicemage

      I get the point you’re trying to make, but it really bugs me when people use Picasso as an example of “see, you can put the eyes wherever you want!” He was an accomplished realistic artist who decided to push the boundaries of art and create a number of new artistic movements, not a hack who didn’t understand how a human face looks.

      • James Samuelson

        I don’t think people are under the impression he was a ‘hack who didn’t understand how a human face looks.’ I think he’s a perfect example for allowing people to paint and draw however they like.

  • Asiyd

    “Your children wont conform and be mindless clones. I don’t think they are ready for school.” What an ass.

    • Fyva Prold

      “We don’t need no education,
      We don’t need no thought control”

      sounds quite appropriate in this case.

      • Kitty

        Except that song proved you DO need education, otherwise you make basic mistakes like double negatives. XD

        • Michael Chandra

          Double negatives can be extra negative depending on the language, dialect or slang. Shocking, right?

        • chickenface

          LOL!

        • Siirenias

          The double negatives were intentional, but the teacher really should leave those kids alone!

        • Max

          Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!

        • Novelista

          WRONG! You can use improper grammar depending on the style of music, just like Michael said.

          I would never, NEVER use “ain’t” for example–UNLESS I’m writing a country song!

          • Kumajiro

            Or you could use it as the contraction it is meant to be. I ain’t sure why so many people are against it. We say aren’t and isn’t enough, and sometimes I don’t want to say “am not” when there’s a proper contraction for it.

          • Novelista

            Now, if you do decide to use this word, it’s not going to be the end of the world. While informal, this word is very acceptable in informal conversation, but it may sound unprofessional or like unskilled or lazy English to English purists, especially if used with other such improper grammar. (http:// englishclass101. livejournal .com/9535 .html)

          • woodman

            I seem to recall reading somewhere that “ain’t” was somewhat derived from “bain’t” which is a spoken contraction of an archaic form “Be not”, an obvious negative, (think “Death Be Not Proud”…)
            It was once an accepted part of the spoken language, more archaic than vulgar.

    • Roq

      Actually, if the goal of school is to prepare people for more school, taking the creativity out of them makes the later years much easier.

      • Asiyd

        Yup, hence why I made the comment I did. XD the school system is a joke.

      • Vicemage

        Preschool is designed to prepare kids for more school.

        School is designed to prepare kids for factory work. All sitting in rows, following the instructions of a foreman, and doing exactly the same work as the person next to them.

        • Roq

          Being in school is more like being an object in a factory than a worker.

      • Christina Phillips

        Not in my experience. After a point, you better get creative, or studying for some stuff becomes nigh-on impossible! I mean yeah, there are some things, like chemistry, where doing your own thing and not knowing what the heck you’re doing could kill someone, and a bunch of jobs have rules to follow, but creativity is how new things come about.

        • Roq

          School usually is about old things, not new ones.

          • Christina Phillips

            It teaches about old things, but it’s new to the learner. Everyone learns differently, so some people need to get creative in order to remember stuff right. They teach that too in school, mnemonics and acronyms and stuff.

    • Bethany Lieflijk

      As an education teacher in training, I know a) you’re right and b) you’re supposed to be wrong.

      Or the other way around… Either way, my point is obvious.

    • Yeah pretty much

  • Roq

    Anyone who has a problem with the way preschoolers create their art does not understand art or preschoolers. At that age, children are just starting out their lives as non-babies, and they are just starting to develop their abilities and style. Pressuring them into conformity only hinders their learning, even if the goal is to eventually have them produce bland, unoriginal artwork.

  • darsa

    The only thing I would’ve done differently than the OP is I would NOT have said “I’m sorry”.

    • Milian

      Absolutely. I’ve got a relative who’s a wonderful, loving person and she often gets taken advantage of because she’s extremely non-confrontational. I’m gradually getting her out of the habit of prefixing any disagreement with, “I’m sorry, but…” She used to always say it, even if the boss she was (trying to) argue with treated her differently to a co-worker, and my relative was (trying to) stand up for her own rights (eg being docked part of her hourly pay and taken off the overtime rota for being 5 mins late for work (transport issues) compared to her co-worker who turned up at pretty much any time she liked and still got full pay and benefits), My relative even uses the prefix to other family members.

      Anyway, nobody should have to apologise for not agreeing.

      • Kitty

        Starting with I’m sorry in such a case makes it sound like one needs to apologize for having an opinion. I do my best to never use the words I’m sorry when I am stating my opinion.

  • Scot MrSpellcheck Rogers

    Hope you made a full report once your class was finished. Your High School needs to find another pre-school to partner with.

  • Jennifer Smith

    These girls are three, they are right to be proud of doing the art themselves. I love seeing my boys’ art, even if it isn’t perfect, they’ve both had pieces on display at their elementary school, and they are usually recognizable as what they are supposed to be (my youngest boy is very fond of making yellow sunflower looking flowers, and I still have the little bowl he made for me in art class that looks like a yellow flower). Way to kill an desire to make art by withholding praise if it isn’t “perfect”, art is subjective, not objective.

    • Maria Krogstrup Hareskov

      Ha, I once got a lower grade for an assignment, because I didn’t make the ‘correct’ interpretation of an art piece. My classmates (who cheated and found the ‘official’ one got high grades). I actually did what the assignment said and wrote my interpretation of the piece.
      One of the few times I got into an argument with a teacher. The kicker? I knew enough of the artist to know he would never have made or approved of an ‘official’ interpretation for his art. Never. I told the teacher this much. Just like I didn’t consider copying the words of others actually fulfilling the assignment, but pure laziness, which she rewarded.
      I was slightly miffed that day.

  • Jackie Fauxe

    I really, really don’t want this story to be true, but, other than what I suspect was a bit of condensing, none of it seems made up. What a terrible lesson that teacher is teaching the preschoolers and the want-to-be teachers.

  • Kitty

    “How DARE you be an individual and show even an OUNCE of creativity? Don’t you know that it’s terrible?! What good will come of it? New masterworks by amazing artists? Music that could inspire people in rough times? PAH!” that’s what this teacher sounds like. I’d be so tempted to punch her with a hand full of fingerpaint.

    • Maria Krogstrup Hareskov

      I might need to remember that phrase: punch her with a hand full of fingerpaint. I’m sure I can find a good use for it.

    • Vulpis

      Deck the teachers with fists of Holi? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hedronal

      In preschool no less. A bit early to implement the shackles of unthinking conformity.

    • I love this comment to much

  • TychaBrahe

    Anyone else think of the little children who bounced their balls all the exact same way on Camazotz?

    • Dsru Bin

      I didn’t, but that’s a good point.

  • Lord Circe

    Ah, yes, conformity. Can’t let kids be different. If one of them pulls too far ahead, or goes in their own direction, or doesn’t accept the teacher’s word as gospel, why, it would be anarchy! It might make the other students feel bad!

  • Siirenias

    We don’t need no education.
    We don’t need no thought control.

  • Souless night

    Bet if she were teaching regular school she’d force kids to do everything the exact same way she wants them to too…

  • Shaina Clark

    …wow. I’m actually astounded at that teacher. What exactly is the point of art if you’re supposed to make yours exactly like everyone else’s? And who expects a three-year-old to make perfect art? When I was three, I was drawing pictures of me and my friends that consisted of a huge circle for the face, with legs and arms sticking out of it. Now I’m capable of very detailed portraiture and landscapes. Three-year-olds are still learning fine motor control. FFS.

    • Souless night

      When I was in preschool I couldn’t draw to save my life… still can’t…

      • Same. I’m more intellectual than artsy

    • Vulpis

      …And the whole ‘perfect art’ thing. Has this person ever *seen* what’s considered museum-approriate?

  • Michael David

    I hate teachers like that. Kids need to be creative, not perfect little machines. This is what is wrong with the schools anymore. When I was a kid, creativity was encouraged.

  • Cynthia Middleton

    Dreadful teacher.

  • Harold Wagner

    Creativity stifler.

  • Brandy Dillensneider

    That teacher should not be working with children or with teenagers who want to work with children. She should be running a sweatshop somewhere.

  • Bethany Lieflijk

    You’re trying to get a three year old to do your bidding? You’ll have better luck requesting a river change course.

  • Raven Odette
    • I laughed so hard at this comment, it’s so perfect.

  • Marina Dribnenki

    I have been in trouble for drawing something incorrectly twice in elementary school. It’s ART for goodness sakes! Creativity is important, not conformity!

    • TheBigBadWolf

      And some people just can’t draw, no matter how old they are.

      • That’d be me you’re describing

  • Glad things more or less worked out, but I’ll bet losing those points had to sting a little.

  • cylon_toast

    Art is supposed to be creative, what’s the point of getting all the kids to do the exact same thing?

    • Charlotte M Spurrill-Kayser

      This exactly!

  • Dkong

    Ah the teacher is part of the instintionalized system of “Pound the children into conformity there must be no deviations!”

  • Blake Barrett

    I drew the duck blue because I’ve never seen a blue duck before, and to be honest with you, I’ve wanted to see a blue duck.

  • Max

    Good for you, OP.
    My grandson was in a preschool with someone like that- she insisted that he must color when it was coloring time, never mind his complete lack of interest and poor fine motor skills. Luckily his parents took him out of there to a much better preschool. Way to teach kids to hate school at an early age…

  • allahboleh

    “the other students are between the ages of four and five”

    So, the other students are either age four or five?

  • allahboleh

    I always hated art class in school, I wish earlier on they’d let you do what you’re interested in. Maybe a few years of exposure to everything, a couple of core classes required for everyone, but as soon as possible let people pick what they’re interested in and improve in those areas.

  • Aiko

    This teacher should not be teaching. Way to stifle creativity. I’m glad OP praised the kids.

  • Morgana Abbey

    Anyone else remembering the song “Flowers are Red”?

  • Holly

    If this trend in education continues, very soon there will be “teachers” barring babies from day care because they are not ready since they walk slowly and stumblingly at age 1. “You see, your baby can only make a few steps before plopping. Not ready! Go get him walking tutors! Remedial walking classes! Very expensive designed-to-help-baby-learn-to-walk-by-6months shoes!”

    Ugh.

    • Yep. Like in The Giver. Or Matched, (maybe even 1984) when everyone is the same and information is controlled.

  • Khlovia

    Hey, OP! Print out the comments and snail-mail ’em to that horrid birch. Make the envelope look serious and official and business-like.

  • Colin Burke

    As Rush put it, “Conform or be cast out!”

  • Annie Dodd
    • Looks like something cyriak would make

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  • Jon Bowerman

    I got in trouble once in first grade for colouring a killer whale yellow and black. The teacher insisted I clearly had no idea what a killer whale looked like and wouldn’t listen when I insisted I knew they were black and white, but that was boring and I wanted to see what a yellow looked like on one.

  • That teacher must b – oh nevermind this takes place in America. We broke our education system over here.

  • beth

    They’re 3! Not sure how you can call them “students.” BTW, off topic, I got turned off of art as a kid because one “art teacher” criticized my painting of house/sky/yard because when I colored in the sky, it wasn’t the same all the way across. It was with a crayon.

  • Sadies Ariel

    Despite my horrible and abusive elementary and middle school experiences, I still decided to go into early education. I did my ciricimlum in such a way that I was certified for preschool and pre-k while I was still working my program for K – 3 (4 – 8 and highschool required separate programs and that wasn’t the age range I was interested in anyway). Teachers like this during my shadowing and student teaching programs are the reason why I decided not to finish my degree and drop the field. The vile things they said and did to students, the things they said about them behind their backs (and to other students), the way they talked about the parents – it showed that nothing changed over those 15 years and I wanted no part of it. I absolutely adore children but I refuse to be in a profession that I know first hand the affect that it has on them.

  • RblDiver

    Apparently my parents were trying me out at a kindergarten, when at recess I tried to go up the slide. The teacher took me aside and told me to “Do it like the other kids.” My mom was watching, and took me out of there. It would be one thing to explain why I should go down it rather than up, but she wanted me to think for myself, not do what the others were doing for the simple fact that they were doing it.

  • Pisces

    You will be make an awesome teacher, OP!