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  •  Your second grade teacher could have been Miss (9+ / 0-)

    Fairbanks, who made my third grade hell. It was a Catholic school, and she was a lay teacher.  My talents didn't mesh with her preferences (like I read at jr. high level in 2nd grade, and maxed out the SRI in 7th grade in two weeks). She thought it entirely appropriate to shgow small children pictures of her trip to Pompeii, including the reconstructions of the bodies   representing the agonizing deaths of people.  I have a weak stomach and a good imagination and empathy.  I had to BEG to go to the bathroom so I could throw up in peace.

    My other deathly flaw was being lousy at sports. I liked baseball and was happy to play, but I stank.  And it didn't help that while I was sitting on my own front porch, reading, a ball hit by someone in a street game of softball nailed me right between the eyes. I was out of a few seconds and had a huge lump on my forehead. After that, my natural reaction to spherical objects hurled in my direction is to cover my head with my arms, hit the floor and  yell "Incoming!"   That coupled with the fact that I was NOT Southern and had a Yankee accent (she was from AL, as was her favorite student).

    Luckily, about 4 weeks into the schoolyear, my mother figured her out, and pretty much ignored her BS--for La Fairbanks, I could do nothing right, was frequently forced to sit out recess (and without a book), not get a drink with everyone else, and generally made the class pariah. THANK GOD we moved that summer and I had much better teachers who didn't take an instant dislike to me. I can't help thinking this broad would ahve been happy to beat a child if she thought she could get away with it.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:05:46 PM PDT

    •  I don't even remember this teacher's name (4+ / 0-)

      The one teacher who really hated me was in Virginia.  I was smarter than she was, and a Northerner, and insisted on trying to answer questions in class, so of course she disliked me.  My parents backed me up on several occasions and kept it from getting too bad, but man oh man we were all very relieved to move back to Pittsburgh after two hideous years.

      •  I'm almost tempted to wonder if it's cultural (2+ / 0-)
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        and/or regional in part. A book I really have to read is Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer. The kind of mindset and attitudes embued by culture and passed down through families I think are a factor in whether or not the ideas these people have about child raising find acceptance.

        If you look at how the mores differ between the Puritans, the Cavaliers, the Quakers, and the Borderers, you can see where this kind of child abuse is most likely to find fertile ground.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:44:11 AM PDT

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        •  Well, the teacher I had issues with (2+ / 0-)
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          was Southern,  I grew up in New England, and never had a problem with the nuns or lay teachers there. NEVER. This broad played favorites, which is very Southern, and she didn't handle kids who weren't clones of her well. The SOuth is very judgmental and has narrow levels of acaptable behavior. I still don't do well here--I am WIccan, red-headed, and a liberal/.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:05:58 PM PDT

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          •  This teacher was by far the worst (3+ / 0-)
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            She literally would not call on the girls in the class until she'd gone through all the boys, most of whom either couldn't or wouldn't answer.  Ever.  It was an awful year, and permanently wrecked me for mathematics, much to my father's sorrow.

            •  I suspect Miss F was responsible for my lack (1+ / 0-)
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              of enthusiasm for math.  And what kind of sadist would inflict the casts of the bodies from Pompeii to 8-year-olds? I was lucky on the boy/girl end. None of the teachers I had shwoed favoritism that way--of course, I attended girls' schools from 7th grade on...

              The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

              by irishwitch on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:56:27 PM PDT

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        •  It's pretty dry, but well worth reading (1+ / 0-)
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          It explains a lot about American regionalism.

      •  I do think my accent played a role. (2+ / 0-)
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        She strongly favored Southern kids over the transplants (this was North Miami).  And she preferred athletic children. I NEVER got  nasty comments in conduct--but I could  do nothing right with this woman.  Mom, thank Goddess, figured it out early and when I'd get stuck writing the times tables umpteen zillion times, she and my grandmother would help--because she knew I hadn't done anything to exist.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:03:13 PM PDT

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