Thursday, September 30, 2010

He was wrong!

Here we are again with another one of Mama Kat's interesting Writing Assignments. Here is this week's: But teachers know everything!! Write about a time a teacher disappointed you.

I had a hard time with this one. I've been lucky enough to never have truly been disappointed by a teacher. However, I recently heard the following from a friend and thought it would fit perfectly with this assignment.

Her teacher was absolutely wrong and needed to be corrected.

My friend was sitting in her 9th grade AP English class where they were discussing the horrific events of the Holocaust and specifically the Jew's living quarters at the time. The teacher of the class boldly stated that the "Jews lived in the Ghettos because they thought they were better than everyone else." My friend was instantly shocked and outraged but couldn't find the words at that moment to call the teacher out on this completely false statement. So instead she let it go and vowed to speak up the next day in class.

And she did just that.

She politely raised her hand and told the teacher and the rest of the class that actually, the Jews were FORCED to live in the Ghettos. The teacher was 100% wrong when he told them that they thought they were better than everyone else. He immediately apologized for saying that and promised to tell his other AP English classes the correct information.

At the end of that school year, that teacher ended up giving my friend the AP English Student of The Year. He told her it wasn't because she was smarter than everyone else or got better grades than everyone else, it was because she stood up for something she believed in and wasn't afraid to correct a teacher.

I think that they both deserve gold stars. My friend, of course, for being brave enough to tell the teacher he was wrong. And one for the teacher too for admitting he was wrong right away. Most people have a lot of trouble with that.


  1. Oh bravo to your friend for such courage! great story!

  2. Wow many people wouldn't admit to a mistake like that! Kudos to your friend!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's

  3. Awesome! I wouldn't have the courage.

  4. Nice that your friend stood up to the teacher AND that the teacher admitted the mistake!! :)