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The RUDEST Teacher I Ever Had In School - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I am going to be talking about the rudest teacher I’ve ever had. I have talked about my teachers on this blog before, but I’ve only talked about the ones I had during the IB. Today, I thought I would talk about one of my middle school teachers who was also the rudest teacher I ever had and pretty much made my life miserable for two years. Honestly, I do feel a little bad writing this blog post because my teacher said all these things to me when I was fourteen years old, so because it’s been such a long time since then it’s possible that my teacher has changed and is now nicer to his students. This is something that I don’t know because this teacher, fortunately, stopped teaching me when I entered high school and I was in the hands of a better teacher my freshman year of high school. However, whether or not he is now a more decent human being does not change the fact that this man made me feel trash about myself every single day when I entered his class. So, I am going to be talking about my middle school science teacher who taught me when I was in Year 8 and Year 9. I do want to make a distinction that when I say he was the rudest teacher I’ve ever had, I mean that he had completely no regard for my feelings and enjoyed watching me suffer in his class. This is not to say that he wasn’t a good teacher and didn’t explain the content well. To be fair, I don’t remember his style of teaching very clearly because it was so long ago, but I obviously remember the pain he caused me to feel at such a young age and that’s what I want to talk about. Make sure to let me know the rudest teacher that you ever had in either middle school or high school, and without further ado let’s get started!

As I wrote above, this person was my middle school science teacher. I do want to point out that I was never good at science, and to this day, I absolutely despise it. It’s my worst subject and I can’t wait to never study any kind of science again at university. I will say that when I was in middle school, whilst I didn’t like science and could’ve put more effort into it, I still studied for tests and genuinely tried to understand what I was learning. Despite the fact that I could have put more effort into this subject, that’s not an excuse for my teacher to treat me the way he did and do the things that I’m going to be talking about below. Anyways, let’s get started with what this teacher did and said to me. I remember this one time when we were all sitting in class, and my teacher was handing back the tests that we had just done the week prior. Before handing out our tests, in front of everyone, he said “I’m going to hand these out in order from worst to best” and as soon as he said that, he walked right over to my desk and placed my test on my table. Of course, everyone saw what my teacher had done and all my classmates laughed at me. Without being said, it was one of the most humiliating moments of my middle school experience. Then, when the next test came around, I again didn’t perform very well, but this time my teacher decided to take the next step forward to embarrass me: Once he handed back our tests, he held up my test in front of everyone and started shuffling it around extremely loudly so that everyone could see the grade that I got. He then made a disgusted face and put it back on my table. Again, everyone around me laughed. I remember I got home that day and cried because I felt like such a failure. Instead of my teacher reassuring me and telling me that I would do better next time, he decided to choose public humiliation just to get a couple of fourteen year olds to like him.

I could talk about other things that this teacher said to me and other times that this teacher made me feel like I was completely worthless, but I think I’ve said enough. The last thing I want to say is that I never received any kind of apology, nor did I see that this teacher felt any kind of remorse for what he did to me. It’s one thing to humiliate a child publicly, but it’s another thing to make them feel completely horrible about themselves due to the fact that they aren’t exceeding in a subject that they aren’t even interested in in the first place. In the end, why does it even matter if I didn’t do well in science when I was fourteen years old? I’m sure everyone who did well in that class doesn’t remember half the things they learnt in that class now. Moreover, I don’t know what my teacher even gained from making me feel so bad about myself. I remember how happy I was when I found out that I was getting a new teacher that following year. The teacher that I had in my freshman year of high school was absolutely wonderful: He would stay with me after class and after school to help me go over concepts I didn’t understand. He would never publicly humiliate me or tell my class that he was going to hand out our tests in order from worst to best. As a result, I actually started getting 6s (one mark below the highest grade) in that class and I even considered doing Higher Level Biology in the IB. I mean, thank god I didn’t because I ended up hating the subject again soon after, but the point is that he was a very good teacher unlike the one I had in middle school. And, you want to know the most ironic part of all of this is? My middle school teacher has his own tutoring business where he hires tutors for children who are in the IB and are struggling with various subjects. In fact, in the “About Us” section, it says: “It all started when a British teacher moved to Switzerland and discovered that international school students needed dedicated, professional tutors who understood their needs to help them succeed.” Always makes me laugh.

Shreya Sachdev