Here it is:
1. Teachers actually have lives outside of the classroom. When you see us at Safeway, don't be so surprised. We shop just like real people.
2. We don't all like each other. In fact, some of my least favorite people are teachers. You don't get to pick who you work with and sometimes we don't get along with each other.
3. When you ask us, "Are you in a bad mood or something?" when we are acting crabby, that just makes us more irritated and doesn't help. And maybe we are in a bad mood. It happens.
4. You know that one kid in class who annoys everyone? Yeah, he annoys us too. We have to be nice about it though. And DON'T pick on that kid even if you're right. We don't like it when you pick on people. Just know that we feel your pain.
5. We have favorites. We like some of you more than others. Duh. We're human. Now we try to not let that interfere with how we do our jobs, but we definitely have favorites.
6. Some of the teachers you think are really mean are actually really awesome away from the job. They're even funny sometimes.
7. Some of the teachers you think are really nice and cool are actually jerks in real life.
8. When you lie to us we usually know but don't want to embarrass you by calling you on it. It's not worth it.
9. When you're talking in class about teenage stuff, we can hear you even though we act like we can't. Usually we wish we hadn't heard you though.
10. For the most part, if you're nice to us, we will be nice to you. If you doubt that, try it. If that doesn't work, see item #2 because some of us are just jerks.
There's ten of a list that could be fifty long. Ten will do for now though.
A Rite Gone Terribly Wrong by Grant Wahl and L. Jon Wertheim
In 2003 this article came out in Sports Illustrated about a hazing incident in a small Pennsylvania town and its high school, Mepham High. The football team went to a camp and several of the younger kids were brutally victimized by the older players. There was "normal" hazing but also some sick things involving sexual assault on the younger players. Eventually the offenders were punished but it tore the town apart.
Article: 10 of 10
This is wonderful work by these two talented writers. The story is fascinating, important, and disgusting all at the same time.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Some of the things that happened to the kids during the hazing is absolutely gross and could be touchy in a classroom, but this is an important issue and to shy away from it would be cowardly. I think students should be aware of this story so they understand that hazing is flat out wrong in every sense.