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#1 User is offline   lethalpanther 

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 03:26 PM

Hey guys,
haven't logged on in a while but been browsing the forums lately.

Anyway with school(10th grade) starting I happen to have a history teacher that's gone for the next to weeks due to new kids being born. Meanwhile I'm stuck with another ENGLISH teacher who is subbing for HISTORY class who quite frankly doesn't know what she's talking about.

To summarize last class period, we started talking about why to take World History(the class) and she uses Christopher Columbus as her primary example. You know, how he wasn't actually the first to discover the americas, he wasnt so amazing, etc. etc.

In a Powerpoint presentation with like 5-10 slides about Columbus, she made the following statements. She said LESS correct things than incorrect things, and yes I was counting very carefully. Here are SOME(not all) of the idiotic things she said

"Columbus highhandedly started the slave trade"
-Erm, no, slaves had been around for thousands of years before.

"Columbus killed everyone(Native Americans). He took them by force, not by choice."
-She also went into detail about how he massacred anyone who got in his way, because he had fancy MUSKETS, despite the fact that they were incredibly outnumbered and those guns weren't even close to effective enough.

Also, apparently there wasn't smallpox or anything which was the primary killer of all the native americans...

"He knew exactly where he was going, and how long it would take to get there."
-This happens, of course, just after she says how he had no idea about the Americas. Hypocrite...

"In 50 years, Columbus had mostly eliminated all the Indians"
Hahaha.....You've got to be kidding me.

At this point, I was getting fed up. I continued adding to my list, and she decided to pause the class and ask "did you guys know this? Did you know Columbus traveled for profit, not to go on an adventure? Did you know that he meant to run into India?
-I was the only person who raised my hand because I thought it was common knowledge that Christopher Columbus wasn't headed towards the Americas.
Now she turns to me and glares at me going, "Are you sure?"
I say, "Yup"
I resisted the opportunity to show her my list of all the false statements she made, shook my head, and decided to resume my list.

Gonna add just a couple more quotes here...

"For most of your life, you've only been exposed to one culture. You don't know immigrants or anything."
-Apart from the fact that my school is barely white. It's almost all Asians and Mexicans, seeing as I live in California.(No racism intended)

"North Korea has the capability to launch tons of nuclear weapons all over America. Doesn't that scare you?"
-I went and researched this, they can barely get missiles to Hawaii.

"We could lose big cities under water"
-She starts talking about knowing history will SOLVE global warming, and somehow global warming will instantly lead to New York getting flooded so only the tips of skyscrapers escape out of the water. She even had a nice little picture.

This is half rant and have Me asking for advice.
What should I do about this teacher? Am I somehow wrong and has YEARS of my research been completely incorrect?
I want to call her out but I'm thinking the best plan is to just ignore her until the actual teacher comes in.

Advice please? :(
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 03:30 PM

Not a whole lot you can do man. At least its only for a couple weeks. We all get stupid teachers once in a while. I once had a text book with a mistake(details on the battle of gettysburg), and it took me days to convince her the book was wrong. I say just wait it out.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 04:21 PM

Thats pretty ridiculous I'm sorry man. Good luck with that and wait for the right moment to rip her open with her stupidity ;)

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 04:27 PM

Go talk to your principal. Explain what's going on and ask him if anything can be done. If he refuses or says he can't do anything... Call the superintendent.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 04:37 PM

I'm with Puzuma, she's wasting your education time and filling it was incorrect info and from the sounds of it she's merely there to impress her opinions upon young nubile minds. GOTO YOUR PRINCIPLE IMMEDIATELY, she is violating ethical code of conduct. Your parents must also be notified and should take action with you so it makes the situation appear more serious (to other adults). Personally, I would have walked out and/or recorded the class as evidence but ONLY if it is legal to do so in your state. Best of luck.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:16 PM

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:57 PM

View PostPuzuma, on 25 August 2010 - 07:27 PM, said:

Go talk to your principal. Explain what's going on and ask him if anything can be done. If he refuses or says he can't do anything... Call the superintendent.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:35 PM

yu might want to ask your parents first to look into it. Tell them all the details and let them arrange for any confrontations for at least a little support and backup.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:38 PM

i agree talk to the principal, i had a history teacher while i lived in detroit that tryed very hard to tell me canada wasn't in either of the world wars. so i brought in my great grandfather who was involved in dieppe. the rest of the year was horrible, i constantly was accused of things i didnt do or say. i ultimately failed history one proud day cost me a semester, just ride it out knowledge will hopefully return with your real teacher

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:44 PM

Bring a gun to school?...

Just kidding, that would not be advisable.

You could correct her repeatedly. That would be kind of funny. Every sentence just be like "Um, actually, - "

This post has been edited by TREE FITTY: 25 August 2010 - 06:44 PM

did I die for a second there?...

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:30 PM

As a public school teacher, I'd love to help you out... But highschool is such a fantastic waste of time. Screw it, drop out, get your GED, start college where you actually get useable credit for your work in class.

Short of that, ride out the two weeks. Too much hassle to fight over a sub.

Regular teachers are required to be actually qualified to teach their assigned subject. If this person should become permanent, then you should bother to do something.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:24 PM

Normally i would never want to burn a teacher/professor, no matter how much they suck...but here it is just a joke...

the only thing i can think to sum up this is from Billy Madison...

What should have been said to her, replace Mr. Madison with her name, "Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. "

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:16 PM

Bring a voice recorder to help you "study".

Use your recorded audio to help you and your principle "study" History.

See how it goes from there.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 12:00 AM

I must say some of the stuff wasn't COMPLETELY wrong. It just wasn't the right. For instance, the one about columbus eliminating all the indians in 50 years. While not entirely true, as it was mostly disease brought by columbus, most of the tribes who came in direct contact with him were either dead or hbarely functional, due to said diseases just being introduced. So I'd say it was more half truth's than just plain incorrectness on her part.

That being said, I would have just fallen asleep in class, and if she sent me to the principal calmly explained to them that I didn't feel the need to stay awake for a class that was so blatantly leading me down a false path of education.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:29 AM

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