MY LIFE IN LIPPY AND LEOPARD PRINT
A friend told me this week she got called into school because her son corrected his teacher on a factual point (the child was right, as it turned out).
When I worked with disadvantaged young people in Runcorn a couple of years ago I met some of their teachers and was stunned how much they knew about each kid’s ambitions, strong points and where extra help was needed.
Plus I have friends who are teachers and I know they do give a crap.
But after my friend said what she did, it got me remembering my own school teachers and the nonsense they spouted. Bear in mind this was the 1980s and the school I went to was
very a bit rubbish:
Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.
Thanks for that, Mr Chambers. Especially saying it in front of the whole class.*
Catherine is not an appropriate candidate for O Levels.
Catherine is not an appropriate candidate for A Levels.
If anyone splits the atom, Earth will explode and ‘we’ll all die basically’.
FFS. Read a science book.*
Catherine is very quiet in class.
Maybe because that’s because you told me I’ll never get a boyfriend, you arse*.
As I say, times have changed. I hope.
(*am not bitter. AT ALL.)