These Teachers Are A Class Act

| Nottingham, UK | Learning | July 5, 2013

(In my school, there are two Politics teachers. Teacher #1 is the Head Teacher; Teacher #2 is the Head of Politics. We’re in the last lesson we’ll have with him for two weeks because he has to go away on business. We’re studying “spin” and how the media can warp the news.)

Teacher #1: “Now, can anyone think of any examples of—”

(The door slams open to reveal Teacher #2, who literally looks as if he’s about to kill somebody.)

Teacher #2: [Teacher #1]! WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS?”

(Teacher #1 is visibly frightened.)

Teacher #2: “YOU MEAN TO LEAVE THIS CLASS FOR THE NEXT FIVE LESSONS?”

Teacher #1: “I don’t have any other choice—”

(Teacher #2 strides over to the desk and grabs Teacher #1 by the collar.)

Teacher #2: “THIS ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH! THESE STUDENTS HAVE AN EXAM IN JUST A MONTH AND A HALF! YOU ARE LETTING THEM DOWN! YOU CANNOT JUST LEAVE THEM!”

(Teacher #1 is now literally shaking in terror.)

Teacher #2: “YOU ARE GOING TO TEACH THESE STUDENTS, OR THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES, [Teacher #1]! IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH, AND THEY DESERVE BETTER!”

(Teacher #2 storms out the room, muttering loudly about how it’s “not good enough”. The class is sitting there in silence. After a moment, Teacher #1 turns back to the class calmly.)

Teacher #1: “Now, everyone open your notebooks and—”

Me: “Sir?! Are you okay? What was that?”

Teacher #1: “Please don’t interrupt me. I want you to all write short newspaper articles on what just happened, but putting different spins on it.”

Student #1: “…What?”

(It was an act. Turns out that they do this every year as a learning aid. I love those teachers.)

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