A couple of weeks ago, the National Education Association asked people to share their favorite memories of good teachers.
My mom was a public school teacher for 40 years, and a fantastic one at that, but as soon as I read the NEA request, I could only think of some of my worst teachers.
Actually, I had pretty good teachers. My brother had epically awful teachers. He was one of those incredibly bright children who skipped grades and picked everything up with almost frightening speed. When we moved from California to Colorado, his 6th grade teacher gave him all As and a B. My parents wanted to find out more about why and the teacher actually told them, "No one comes from California and gets all As."
There was also the time that my brother and I were in junior high school together. I had spent the previous year doing way more study of the Mayan Indians than I needed to for my independent study class. He spent a weekend writing a report on the Aztec. Our Spanish teacher brought us into the principal because, due to her laughable ignorance about native peoples, she believed my brother must have cheated.
What about you? Who were your worst teachers?