Most of us have had a bad teacher.
It might have been a college professor, who caused four long years. Maybe five. Perhaps you suffered in high school under a real tyrant—and I’m not talking about your junior year girlfriend.
Possibly, like me, your worst memories are of substitute teachers. I remember some real stinkers. One woman used to hand out detentions more often than the principal in The Breakfast Club. Another creepy sub I remember would stare habitually at the girls’ legs … in seventh-grade.
But I don’t recall any of MY stand-ins saying the things this 81-year-old sub recently did.
School officials in Maryland’s Prince George’s County revealed that he will never teach in their district again after his alleged recent response to a high school Spanish student’s statement that she didn’t understand something:
“Why? Is it because you were born out of wedlock?”
Not exactly a nurturing teacher. Probably not a finalist for substitute of the year.
Now this isn’t the first time the octogenarian’s mouth has gotten him into trouble. Previously, after being corrected upon mispronouncing a student's name, he reportedly replied, “Oh well, it's all pronounced the same in the ghetto.”
And I thought that the KIDS lacked manners these days.
This incident brings to mind many issues. The following questions are among those people are discussing at water coolers everywhere:
What are the appropriate limits on teachers’ speech? Should schools be hiring teachers older than eight out of nine Supreme Court justices?
And can Prince George’s County finally get around to hiring some teachers who were born out of wedlock in the ghetto?