I was one of those students who really loved school. Learning is a favorite past-time of mine, and I never understood people who said they hated learning. Your entire life is a learning experience! That said, I was a bit of a teacher’s pet in school. But I didn’t quite get why some people legit hated their teachers.
I think teachers are pretty misunderstood, and here are some things you’re getting wrong about yours:
1. That they don’t have lives outside of school
At the end of the day, your teachers go home to their families or friends. They have hobbies and do their own thing just like you! I had a teacher who was secretly in a band.
2. That they’re not cool
Stereotypically, teachers are portrayed as super uncool. Yeah, there are some teachers who aren’t cool. I mean, they are people. But there are tons of really cool teachers out there. Also, it takes a pretty cool person to teach.
3. That they’re out to get you
There are some really bad teachers out in the world who are trying to make your life miserable, but they are not the majority. If you feel like your teacher has a bone to pick with you, talk to them one on one and see what’s going on.
4. That they’re never wrong
Teachers make mistakes and can be wrong! They welcome corrections if you do it the right way. Don’t shout “You’re wrong!” at your teacher in the middle of class. If you notice a mistake, raise your hand, and let them know you think there’s a mistake. Some teachers will be cool and give you extra credit. I had a teacher who would give us bonus points on tests if we found any typos.
5. That they’re frumpy
Teachers are either portrayed as super hot or super frumpy, but this is not the standard. Most teachers, believe it or not, have great wardrobes. They might not wear their finest clothes to school because they’re there to teach, not to put on a fashion show.
6. That they live at school
Unless your school is Hogwarts or a boarding school, your teachers do go home at the end of the day. They don’t sleep under their desks.
7. That they all love apples
I don’t know how this started, but don’t give your teacher an apple. It’s weird.
8. That they’re not people
Teachers are people too, and believe it or not, when you’re mean to them it hurts their feelings. They’re not invincible just because they stand in front of the classroom. There’s no need to be a jerk to your teachers.
9. That they only teach because they can’t do
I hate the phrase “Those who can’t do, teach” because it is so inaccurate. It’s also kind of mean. Some people teach because they truly love teaching and imparting wisdom and knowledge on others. Your teacher isn’t a failure at something just because they decided to teach it to you.
What other teacher stereotypes are there? Tell us in the comments below!