Teachers Reveal The Saddest, Most Obvious Thing They’ve Had To Explain To A Student

When teaching hurt. Literally.

#1 England

Had to explain to my high school kids that there are Black people in England and they are in fact, not called African Americans.



#2 Blue

During the last year of high school, I tutored a group of 6-9 year olds in after school hours to get them up to the level of their classmates.

One of them was a lovely little girl who called all colors “blue”, and absolutely refused to believe that colors all had different names.

I met her parents once at a parent-teacher interview, and gently brought up that their daughter would do really well if she had some home help with color recognition. Her mother laughed and said “Oh, that! It’s too hard to expect someone to just remember every color, so that’s the way we do it at home!”

Awesome. Great job, guys.



#3 Racoon

When I was a camp counsellor I had a girl (she was about 13) who absolutely insisted that raccoons were made-up animals. Like unicorns, or something.



#4 Same Tune

The one fact that my high school students were most baffled by was that the ABC song and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” have the same tune. I had to orchestrate a sing-along in the middle of Latin class to convince them to accept it and move on.



#5 Caps On

“You absolutely have to use capital letters at the beginnings of sentences and proper nouns.”

I teach college.


#6 Every Semester

It’s midterm, you’ve failed three tests. No. You can’t get an A in the course.

I have to tell students this every semester.



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