Making it through public school without a couple scars from bad experiences might be an impossible feat. Kids are sensitive, and you’d be surprised by the small things that stick with people throughout the years, especially when it comes to those little injustices that shatter the illusion that the world is fair. Thankfully, it’s one of those things we can all relate to, and after one Twitter user shared one of his bad experiences, hundreds of others chimed in to share their own.
I became radicalized when I was in 4th grade & I took a science test & studied hard for it & ended up completely acing it but when I was done with the test I was bored & drew monsters in the margins of the paper & my teacher gave me a 90 out of 100 because of the monsters— Justin🦈Boldaji بلداجي (@justinboldaji) May 9, 2020
“I became radicalized when I was in 4th grade & I took a science test & studied hard for it & ended up completely acing it but when I was done with the test I was bored & drew monsters in the margins of the paper & my teacher gave me a 90 out of 100 because of the monsters,” wrote Justin Boldaji.
It’s always a shame when children are punished for creativity. It also may or may not be a joke that Boldaji was “radicalized” by this experience (though he does make shirt designs that include slogans like “eat the rich“), but either way, it definitely caught on with his followers. Some of the stories are kind of cute and funny, but most of them are likely to make you wonder why some people bother to become teachers if they seem to hate children and teaching so much.
Here are some of the best/worst examples of bad teachers who should have taken any other job:
My 4th grade science teacher had us make sun-cookers and my scientist parents looked at the directions and tossed them out the window for being wrong. My sun-cooker was one of two that actually worked and both of us got D’s for not following directions.
— Gillian Smith is LOCKED IN (@thishere_nomad) May 9, 2020
In second grade I took a math test, and instead of the normal 7, I wrote the kind that has the small horizontal line intersecting the vertical, cause I’d seen it in a book and liked it. The teacher marked each answer with such a 7 as wrong.
— Josh (@joshcurwin) May 9, 2020
My 1st grade teacher was teaching us math and I solved all the problems in the workbook when she was talking. She told me that “it was homework” and made me erase all my answers.
— JOI Biden 3030 (@imacopyouidiot9) May 9, 2020
One time in first grade i discovered you could walk on just your knees and i got really excited but the teacher came over and told me that you aren’t supposed to walk like that. I vividly remember being shocked and ashamed. Stupid but i think it was permanently stultifying
— distancing with social characteristics (@trrrilll) May 9, 2020
My 5th grade teacher used to bully me in front of the whole class and would make me cry and tell me to get thicker skin. I requested to get transferred from her class and she said ok go to another class so I grabbed my stuff and she laughed and said jk I hope she gets coughed on
— 🦠 (@guttermice) May 9, 2020
I went to school where some teachers checked our notebooks. Like if we didn’t have the notes exactly how they wanted them it would hurt your grade. Doodles were right out. So was understanding things differently. They also controlled what color folder went with what class.
— Brooke Zoom School of Law class of 2020 (@Yarsian) May 9, 2020
galloping like a horse instead of skipping in line w/ the rest of the kids during some dumbass recess activity. So I pissed on the carpet by her desk during storytime in defiance 👽 (2/2)— петух ‘rimjob’ штык (@bussywise_) May 10, 2020
This makes me think of my 8th grade English teacher who would NEVER give a 100 on essays because she “didn’t believe in the perfect paper”. She gave me a 95 once bc the words weren’t close enough to the margin
— Cough On Kelly Loeffler (@sydneymsteingm1) May 9, 2020
The only question I lost points on my geometry test was naming a triangle. It was obtuse and I proved it by using the corner of a paper to show one of the corners was beyond 90. But the answer was acute because she got it from the book. She informed me I “still got an A”…
— you son of a bitch, im in (@UJustGotKurpis) May 9, 2020
I remember when I was in 3rd grade my teacher made me write “I am not smart” on the board 100 times cause I got the worst grade on a paper once, so my mom broke her car window and then the teacher died a year later choking on a biscuit.
— Baberaham Lincoln (@xNightmarePrin1) May 9, 2020
For me it was when my 1st grade teacher would lock us in the classroom at the end of the day if we were too rowdy and some kids would straight up miss their bus bc of it
— Where am I?🌹 (@Where_am_I99) May 10, 2020
This reminds me of when I got kicked out of my elementary school’s gifted program because I kept forgetting a pencil. I was just poor so I had like 10 for the year and I loaned them to whoever needed them. Punished for being poor and communally minded!
— Crispy Crust (@bizijosh) May 9, 2020
In 4th grade, I answered the quiz question, “What do you call an animal that eats only plants?” as herbivore. My teacher marked it wrong and said it was ‘vegetarian.’ I’d have taken that to the Supreme Court such was my wrath.
— Leah (@ubersle) May 9, 2020
Holy shit. 1st grade we had a bonus word on a spelling test, teacher asked us to spell the word “grey.” I wrote it “grey.” The ho marked it wrong said it was spelled “gray.” So I opened up a British ass book in HER class to show her the “e” spelling. Bitch said I was “difficult.”
— Amy Aniobi (@janiobi) May 10, 2020
in 1st grade my teacher was showing us how to add -ed to the end of a word to make it past tense. When a word ended in an e, she made us erase the e then add ed. I asked why not just add a d instead of erasing and she got mad at me. I’ve been questioning authority ever since
— sydney (@sydsketchaholic) May 9, 2020
One time in third grade a boy ran into me on the playground and I fell into a pole and burst my temple open and the day I came back, with stitches, my teacher made me stand in front of the class and say verbatim: “this is why we don’t interrupt boys playing on the playground.”
— NL (@nikkimarielovee) May 9, 2020
in third grade i was in the last round of the spelling bee and got the word “frankenstein.” i spelled it right but didn’t say “capital F” since it’s a proper noun, so they told me i was wrong and i got 2nd. i cried for like 2 hours and later the judge told me he made that rule up
— sad_grl69 (@mayaahutchh) May 10, 2020
In 1st grade, my dad taught me to write my name in cursive, and i did it once in class, and my teacher pulled me aside and scolded me and made me fix it because “we havent learned that yet”
— 🍏appleschloss🍎 (@appleschloss21) May 10, 2020
I became radicalized when I was in 6th grade & spent all night working on my fav project: a made-up mythological creature comic.
Next day: turns out it wasn’t due. Turned it in anyway, super proud.
THE TEACHER GAVE ME A C EVEN THO IT HAD AN AMAZING STORY & WAS FULLY COLORED IN
— billimarie ✨ mailing poems during quarantine 🐌📬 (@typewritepoetry) May 9, 2020
There was a nun in my grade school who used to make this girl pull her extremely curly back in rubber bands because it was “disgusting” worn down. She also told her that her mother didn’t love her.
— 30-50 Novel Coronas (@expelliarmoire) May 9, 2020
I got marked down an entire letter grade because I didn’t capitalize “god” in an instance where it was not being used as a proper noun. I’m still bitter about it.
— Shannon Barnsley (@ShanBarnsley) May 9, 2020
My teacher vehemently argued with me that “firstly” wasn’t a word in front of the entire class. I didn’t know what to do. I knew it was a word but I didn’t want to look like a ~nerd~
— Schyler (@SkyyTweet) May 10, 2020
Learning state initials and my teacher said Missouri was MI and I corrected her that it’s MO. She said I was wrong. I got time-out for talking back while the rest of class went outside for a break. I had to watch from the window knowing I was right and the world was unjust.
— Dane (@danejohnson23) May 10, 2020
My 9th grade social studies teacher gave us all vocab words to look up from the textbook during lunch. She intentionally gave me a word that wasn’t defined in the book and was shocked & appalled when I figured it out anyway. She retired the next year (one year too late).
— Jessie Stevenson (@JessieJune) May 10, 2020
I had a teacher accuse me of stealing my exam and finishing it at home bc she couldn’t find it in her folder. So she made me empty my entire backpack and go thru each paper before she started class. I did not have it, it was literally the exam at the front of her folder
— Collin (@Seventh_Shade) May 10, 2020