Post by Kevrob
I know my times tables, though.
My geometry teacher in high school would throw chalk. If that didn't
work he would throw erasers. He threw them with considerable accuracy
and managed to hit with the chalky side most of the time, leaving the
student with a badge of shame (or honor, depending on how you look at
it) the form of a chalky imprint of a blackboard eraser.
We got the erasers, but chalk cost money, so that was not used
for ammo. Not getting the chalk dust completely off your navy
blue uniform blazer was a cue to your parents that you'd been
misbehaving in class. Best to take a brush to the coat before
I got my face slapped repeatedly and my head bounced off a
cinder-block-stone hallway wall in 8th grade by a male lay
teacher. Now, I had accidentally shot a rubberband from my
finger that hit teach in his eyeglasses, very uncharacteristic
behavior on my part You know how it is when you are the class
"goody-two-shoes." When you screw up, you really screw up! A
real "class cut-up" would figure out how to fire from cover, and
avoid taking the blame. :)
My siblings told me this guy did not have his contract renewed.
Yes, he should have been arrested for child abuse. Since corporal
punishment was legal in a private school where parents agreed, he
was within his authority to strike me, but blows to the head, let
alone bouncing my melon against a hard surface should have been out
FTR, I don't think there's 1 way to teach children, either.
The Catholic schools of my day were an alternative to the schools
used by the majority of folks, as were prep schools, Montesorri,
Waldorf, and, once it was made routinely legal, home schooling.
I don't assume modern Catholic schools operate the same way the ones
I went to, anyway. The schools I went to were in transition, from
mostly religious doing the teaching with some lay teachers, to most
instructors now being lay. Parish schools have been closed or
consolidated, leaving to their regionalization. I was in the last
graduating class of my high school, over 45 years ago. The teachers
attend the same schools of education and meet the same licensing
requirements at the el-hi levels. Private schools may have been
more resistant to certain fads coming out of those ed-schools.