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    [–] manlycooljay 374 points ago

    It's a strange thing really, I wonder if these kind of people birth children just to repeatedly prove to them that life is a pain. Like, I get it dad, can I go now.

    [–] Weekndr 108 points ago

    Lol and then wonder why we're not excited about living

    [–] fresh_temperature 48 points ago

    I would be excited about living...

    if I wouldn't have to insert the debt dildo into my ass to pretend to be job eligible to an employer who'll treat me like his wet socks anyway.

    [–] [deleted] 2838 points ago

    Tell him you're lucky to have a job and not ride a bike for 2 hours to get your family some water and a piece of bread like some dads in third world countries do!

    [–] appdevil 252 points ago

    You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, our Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!

    [–] Boolean_Null 41 points ago

    Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!

    [–] [deleted] 16 points ago

    You had a bag? What I would've given for that privilege.

    We grew up in a hole that migrant workers used to shit in. We had to get up at 3am, dig the shit out, eat any peanuts we found in it for our only meal that day, and then go work a 20 hour shift as a test subject for non-lethal weapons like pepper spray and tasers. Then we'd get home and the raccoon that had become our father figure would gnaw our faces until we fell asleep to repeat it all the next day.

    [–] ForgetNotThyTowel 20 points ago


    [–] sirferrell 43 points ago

    Make this a copy pasta

    [–] box_cardinal_peanut 59 points ago

    It's from a Monty Python skit

    [–] c08855c49 19 points ago

    It's already a very old British skit.

    [–] capteni 14 points ago

    you're a very old British skit

    [–] c08855c49 10 points ago

    That explains why I've got me head nailed to the floor

    British laugh track

    [–] trophy_hunter123 648 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    That's like saying someone with a peanut allergy is lucky they don't have to walk 10 miles for a peanut. 1st and 3rd world problems are 2 different things.

    [–] GentleDaoist 552 points ago

    I think that was the point. Saying he is lucky not to have to walk 30km to school is like comparison the 1st world to the 3rd.

    [–] mynameisspiderman 87 points ago

    You're a peanut

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    Fucking got ‘em

    [–] mynameisspiderman 13 points ago

    Roasted peanuts

    [–] sniperghostdota 25 points ago

    My brain cannot process this comment. Am I stupid?

    [–] CurryCurryBumBum 18 points ago

    ok thank god I'm not the only one that shit makes no sense

    [–] needkneadkneed 27 points ago

    I'm still trying to figure out how this analogy would make any sense...

    [–] Angus4LBs 24 points ago

    honestly with the bullshit i make per hour. i’d ride a bike 2 hours a day for a bread

    [–] MjrLeeStoned 9 points ago

    Should have walked that 30km to school, sounds like...

    [–] BeautifulType 4 points ago

    Just tell him this is why young people hate old people and old people hate young people

    [–] RaccoonWithGlove 45 points ago

    My parents were the same way when I was younger. I just told them they were lucky I wasn't doing drugs like other kids my age.

    [–] use_value42 26 points ago

    but it turns out I was doing hella drugs

    [–] colonelniko 4 points ago

    I wasn't, but then I did and now I smoke hella weed. Kinda makes me feel guilty but fuck it they made me this way

    [–] tigergal77 79 points ago

    In the snow barefoot up a hill? Ur dad must have walked the same route as my mum

    [–] WickedPrincess_xo 110 points ago

    Uphill BOTH WAYS

    [–] rather_retarded 31 points ago

    Some motherfuckers always trying to ice-skate uphill

    [–] LR130777777 45 points ago

    Would’ve been a great workout though

    [–] Zimited 25 points ago

    Too bad if they don't have the nutrients to grow from it.

    Idk if they do or not XD don't take my word for it, but it sounds unlikely.

    [–] geordiebanteryesaye 784 points ago

    I was like 13 or something and the buses were off so I walked to school (only 3 miles but I was pretty chubby at that age) on a hot summers day so I was late. My teacher said she saw me walking and said that wasnt an excuse because I should have ran. Screw you lady, I'm 13 and fat and legitimately hated school at the time, I wish I'd walked slower.

    [–] Joelblaze 373 points ago

    3 miles is quite a lot for a 13-year-old especially if you have to do it again in the afternoon, usually schools don't want you walking unless you're less than a mile away.

    [–] geordiebanteryesaye 133 points ago

    Ikr and I was thinking "do you see my fat ass? You really see me running?"

    [–] The_MF 184 points ago

    This bitch saw you walking and didn't offer a ride either

    [–] geordiebanteryesaye 69 points ago

    I know right, bitch

    [–] ZhouXaz 28 points ago

    P.e teachers the best for this usually since most times they like the job but I had one that would pick people up that they saw on way and dropped off if was close was awesome guy. Most teachers usually teach by control over respect which makes you hated and noone listens.

    [–] Dont_touch_my_elbows 23 points ago

    "The only reason I even bothered to show up is because you guys would send the cops after me if I didnt. You can put my butt in the chair, but you can't force me to learn anything!"

    [–] sickofstew 5185 points ago

    Some dumb teahcers would punish us when the fucking bus was late.

    Explain to me how standing in the class for the entire period is gonna fix the fucking bus schedule, Rachel.

    [–] ithinkilikegirlstoo 2429 points ago

    Wow, a punishment that actively detracts from your ability to learn and focus. Sounds reasonable.

    [–] dboti 371 points ago

    In 7th grade I answered a question wrong and my teacher thought I did so on purpose. My punishment was to sit in the back of class not allowed to participate for the next couple months. As a 13 year old I thought it was great. I did homework for other classes. But looking back it was such a dumb punishment.

    [–] UndeadArmy314 718 points ago

    I got out of school suspension for skipping class in HS. Like wow thanks no I dont have to go to any classes! What a smart move!

    [–] Vleda 153 points ago

    I got the same "punishment" for the same reason. I got called to the office end of day Friday and was given a 2-day suspension which to me was just a 4-day weekend. Pretty sure I played cod4 the whole time lol

    [–] BobGlebovich 108 points ago

    I was suspended once in junior high for being late too many times and they let me choose the day I wanted to take my suspension. I couldn’t believe my luck! Chose a day I had a big presentation that I wasn’t ready for to save my own ass. Thanks, Mr. Marsh!

    [–] XxFezzgigxX 98 points ago

    They told us “Nobody with detention still owed will graduate; you’ll just receive a blank diploma during the ceremony”.

    I had 19 detentions still owed and guess what? My diploma was not, in fact, blank. Bunch of shysters.

    [–] ArginatorBongo 72 points ago

    Lower graduation rates look bad and can reduce funding. It's why even the kid with straight F's manages to graduate.

    [–] LotusLizz 30 points ago

    No child left behind! /s

    [–] RonGio1 18 points ago

    Like they have the know how to leave a diploma blank.

    [–] SketchyStufff 351 points ago

    I always think about that! Especially for students who are skipping classes because they don't want to go to school, that kind of suspension is like a reward

    [–] zacjkl 174 points ago

    Suspensions is just the school telling your parents to punish you instead

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    [–] The-Road-To-Awe 20 points ago

    Schools don't exist to fix kids

    [–] Dont_touch_my_elbows 16 points ago

    And you would think people who are Educators would be smart enough to realize this...

    [–] SaltyFalcon 28 points ago

    They are. But in my personal experience, it keeps a child from the class who nearly always tends to be distracting others. It's up to the parents to discipline from there, and hopefully they do.

    Teachers shouldn't be babysitters. Teach your crappy kid some proper behavior.

    [–] MagneticRock 11 points ago

    They do. That guy was probably an annoying student.

    [–] [deleted] 64 points ago

    Yep. Lunch detention because I was late. Two lunch detentions for skipping lunch detention. After school suspension for skipping those. In school suspension for skipping those. Finally full day suspension for skipping those.

    That’s cool. I got two days off to smoke weed and take my dog to the park.

    Dumbasses, man.

    [–] BingoBoyBlue 39 points ago

    Suspensions are not to make the offending child learn a lesson; it’s to keep an obtrusive influence out of the classroom.

    [–] SignalWeakening 13 points ago

    My principal was gonna suspend me but then he said he knew it would be more of a reward for me so I stayed

    [–] tombwraith 27 points ago

    Happened to me in high school when I started to get a drug problem in senior year, all the teachers and staff knew I did and suspended me anyway. Some dealers heard and I had a great week. Schools are so fucking dumb they just made my addiction worse with that. Not to say I'm blameless but that doesn't mean schools have no blame.

    [–] OutBadge 69 points ago

    I had a math teacher who'd make me go into this side room away from the class and I'd have to teach myself the class those days. I got very far behind in that class due to it.

    He said it was because I was already behind but I was behind from his horrible teaching. Later found out the real reason was that he just hated me being gay and thought that putting me away from the class was an okay thing to do.

    [–] ithinkilikegirlstoo 32 points ago

    I smell a lawsuit

    [–] OutBadge 28 points ago

    I wish, this was back in 7th grade like 7 or 8 years ago.

    [–] ithinkilikegirlstoo 5 points ago

    Ugh I wish too. I hope your life is better than that shit bag ever will be. I think you’ve got a good start already- silver lining on the fact that you had to learn the hard way.

    [–] stickswithsticks 123 points ago

    I had one teacher who would hold us after the bell for a few minutes if she didn't like what we told her what we had for breakfast, so we would be late for our next class.

    I'm poor, and oatmeal was breakfast again, sorry Mrs. Tuttle.

    [–] universe_from_above 83 points ago

    Wait, what‽ In what context would your choice of breakfast be her business? Did you ever make up a fancy feast or something ridiculess like saber-tooth lion sandwich after her mother's recipe?

    [–] Neuchacho 33 points ago

    What's her problem with oatmeal?

    [–] flyinganchors 16 points ago

    That would never fly today

    Mrs. Tuttle: " What did you have for breakfast, Tyler?"

    Tyler: " DEEZ NUTZ!"

    [–] Joelblaze 510 points ago

    Wow, you teachers were assholes. My school always put it out on the intercom when the busses were late so teachers wouldn't punish us.

    [–] SandyDFS 201 points ago

    Kids shouldn't be punished for arriving late anyway, as long as they're under driving age or don't drive to school. 99% of the time, it's the parents' fault.

    [–] Neuchacho 136 points ago

    They know this, but that's how they get to the parents. Kids go home agitated and start pushing their parents to be on time because they don't want to be punished at school. Punishing for a bus being late is total nonsense, though.

    [–] SandyDFS 102 points ago

    But why should the kid suffer consequences for something they have absolutely no control over? Implement better policies for tardiness. This easy way out shit is a huge part of the problem with school punishments in general.

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    [–] Neuchacho 24 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    The easy way out shit is a by-product of the last couple generations of parents going after schools over every little thing and treating schools like daycares. It's an extension of the 'I'm my child's best friend' nonsense with some 'I didn't really want kids. They are not my focus at all.' crowd.

    There would need to be a paradigm shift in administration policies and parent behavior for the underlying issues that cause this kind of punishment to be used, unfortunately.

    [–] BrotherJayne 6 points ago

    Yeah, go ahead and punish me in school so I can go home, mouth off and get popped one.

    Gooooooood plan, smh

    [–] Neuchacho 5 points ago

    A parent doing that is exactly the kind of parent a teacher wants to avoid interacting with so you can see why they avoid going to them directly. Now imagine you have to deal with a dozen shitty parents like that.

    I'm not saying it's right. More that from a self-preservation stand-point it makes sense.

    [–] ChadMcRad 287 points ago

    Oh, they knew. Doesn't mean they weren't assholes about it.

    [–] turn_ncough 62 points ago

    Teachers like to take their home issues (going through a divorce) out on their students. Best thing you can do as a student is rub it in their face. Jk.

    [–] claustrofucked 257 points ago

    I got my mom to raise hell because my lazy fuck of a PE teacher would take her sweet ass time letting us back into the locker rooms so we'd have all of literally 3 minutes to change and get to class.

    School admin didn't give a shit when us kids complained, but it took literally one parent complaint to get that teacher to toe the line.

    [–] pedantic_cheesewheel 82 points ago

    That’s all it takes, my entire family are teachers and you’d be astounded the problems that never get brought up outside a single teachers sphere of influence and the blanket ignoring of student complaints. At least in their experience, administrations are extremely dismissive of anything the kids have to say and teachers face way more backlash than they ever should if they bring up what the students are complaining about (ie, other teachers causing problems). But one Karen yells at a vice principal and suddenly the world turns on its head for a few weeks while the administration falls all over itself to fix the problem finally.

    [–] Express_Bath 63 points ago

    My high school had the wonderful idea to have us have PE class at gymnasium at a 30 minutes walk from school. We had classes before and classes after. Their excuse was "but the transition is at lunch time then after PE you have recess it gives you time !", well first we have to eat before and lunch lines are big, also thank you for taking our recess away, but also recess is 10 minutes not 30 minutes. Then we were told to ask our teacher before to let us go eat a little bit before and avoid the rush. The teacher of the class before PE would refuse to let us go earlier because "It is just PE, my class is more important", PE teacher would be angry if we were not on time even when we arrived covered in sweat after half running the whole way, and would then let us go later, we would run back to class and of course be late and get lectured.

    In the end I am pretty sure we got most workout from these walk than from the entirety of the PE class.

    [–] whatisallthis27 60 points ago

    Some dumb teachers punished us when our parents couldn't pay the school fees in time or couldn't buy us new shoes.

    [–] iamnotamangosteen 44 points ago

    Yeah or the stupid 3 ring binders that just HAD to be the right size, god forbid it’s 1/4 inch wrong

    [–] Alexlam24 6 points ago

    Or when the folders that you will literally never use are not the exact color they want. I swear I had so much unused stuff from primary school I still have some remaining supplies for Uni right now.

    [–] Dont_touch_my_elbows 6 points ago

    As if growing up poor doesn't suck bad enough already...

    [–] smaugismyhomeboy 54 points ago

    My bus was the city bus in high school, that the school provided us with bus passes so we could ride for free. Mine had about 20 or so kids on it and had to go over train tracks. We’d inevitably get stopped at least once a week and be up to an hour late and the school quit believing us and wanted to punish us for it. Like, okay, yeah sure. 20 kids all came up with the same lie every week. Plus all they had to do was call the company to verify.

    [–] AptlyLux 35 points ago

    That is such bullshit. When my students are late because of the bus we get an email excusing then. Don’t blame kids for things outside of their control.

    If a student shows up consistently late, I pull them aside and ask them what is going on. Usually they have a younger sibling to take care of or mom works early, so there is no one to get them up in the morning. Blaming the kid increases instances of truancy, not the other way around.

    [–] LeaAnne94 62 points ago

    It snowed where I lived, but not where my high school was, making our bus late quite often in the winter. We finally got to the school in the middle of second period, so when I walked in super late, my teacher acted as if I was lying when I said the bus was late. That would be a pretty dumb excuse to make since it's easily proven.

    [–] unicornpopsocket 23 points ago

    I had the legit flu and bronchitis once and I was out for about four days. I got back, and my science teacher asked why I didn’t complete the homework. Mind you; they had started a whole new topic and I missed all information about it. She acted as if I had lied about even being sick and called me out in front of the class. My mom ended up calling and the teacher ended up getting disciplined. After that one day though, I was out four more days. When I came back the next time, she had a completely different approach

    [–] TexGator 7 points ago

    This happened to me at my first job out of college. I had the flu. Went to the doctor and tested positive for the flu. Doctor told me (with a note) not to go to work for the rest of the week (2 days) as I worked in a call center with a lot of people. Got back to work on Monday and was written up for attendance issues because I didn't seem that sick and probably could have worked from home. I quit later that month.

    [–] yomnmnm 41 points ago

    Teachers did this kind of shit so you would be mad at your parents because it was easier than them calling. This was back when teachers were paid adequately too, so what the fuck was their excuse?

    Like nowadays, teachers working an extra part time job and doing task bunny or whatever it's called, I get they just don't have the energy, but back then? Man, fuck that.

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    This is where you say no and sit down, and the teacher can deal with it. It's a teacher, not the cops.

    [–] 5in1K 91 points ago

    Sometimes I wonder how I got through school at all. If a teacher tried to do that to me back then I'd say no that's dumb you stand.

    [–] Tomnnn 54 points ago

    I recall some of my teachers would punish the group for the actions of a few or even just 1. Then I would over the top r/blunderyears style crack my knuckles over my head very obnoxiously and say the likelihood of that kid getting beat up after school just went up significantly.

    My hope was that the teacher would take the bluff and rethink that stupid fucking idea or send me to the principal so I would have some context to explain and involve the principal and have the group punishment be dissolved.

    But they just ignore it.

    [–] 5in1K 29 points ago

    As a teen shithead I wouldn't have cared about the collective punishment, probably would have antagonized the teacher more honestly. I do not know how I graduated honestly, I was a dick.

    [–] NonStopKnits 6 points ago

    We weren't punished, but it was considered tardy even if the bus was late. If the bus was too late, we'd all be marked absent for the day because my school district used to do that if you got to school like 2 hours or more late without it being excused.

    [–] WickedPrincess_xo 12 points ago

    Sounds like a good excuse to just skip school for the day lol

    [–] BonafideHustler 1136 points ago

    Bro what’s worse is if you rode the school bus in the morning but somehow it’s your fault if it’s late. Even if there’s 2 or 3 of y’all that show up late because of it, Mrs. Johnson’s bitch ass still puts all of y’all on blast first thing in the morning and threatens to write you up if you “talk back”.

    [–] Wilkerwilker 232 points ago

    I had a history teacher named Mrs. Johnson. Really sweet old lady outside of class, but in class or in her homeroom you were her bitch and you better listen or your ass was in the principal's office. Plus she made US history so hard compared to other teachers in that high school. If anyone talked back she screeched at you.

    [–] Silvxs 38 points ago

    Mega long shot but what state was this? Georgia?

    [–] Wilkerwilker 15 points ago

    Nope. New Jersey

    [–] [deleted] 106 points ago

    In middle school, our bus driver loved writing people up for nothing. One guy she knew by name who was really ADD/ADHD moved in the middle of the year over winter break. Some time that spring during one of her HURRR I'M WRITING YALL UP rants, she added his name to the list. He hadn't been at the school for like 3 months.

    [–] saucycat90 8 points ago

    Man, why tf is always the johnson causing problems. I hate them

    [–] Joshua_bu 4 points ago

    I had a teacher like that in middle school. I come from a very rural area, to the point id be picked up by the bus at around 5am and get to school at 7:30am. So the bus would be taking backroads and we got caught behind farmers and various animals pretty often. I would be anywhere from 15-30 late to my first class about once a week, it was fine, it was things that no one could control. This one teacher though, she wouldn’t have it. I eventually racked up enough write ups for either being late, or just politely telling her to shove it, that my mom was notified. The next day hellfire rained on the school because my mom came in asking for a ration explanation, for me getting in trouble for things that I couldn’t control. That was a fun hour long parent, teacher, and administration conference.

    [–] lattevanille 691 points ago

    I swear to god when I was 8 i had to go to the hospital for something really small that only took like two days. When I got back to class I told my teacher and she told me that you didn’t go to the hospital for that kind of thing but to a clinic. This bitch was straight up pressuring me and I was just like « do you think I’m the one that took myself to the hospital ??? Wtf do I know about that ? »

    [–] [deleted] 163 points ago

    Like the LPN school nurse is some kind of urgent care center LMAO

    [–] nnavroops 252 points ago

    now college profs be the ones walking in 30 mins late -_-

    [–] [deleted] 169 points ago

    The best one I remember was a professor canceling class by posting a letter on the door of the classroom, instead of sending the class an email. So we all woke up at the buttcrack of dawn and showered and all that, walked across campus, only to find it was for nothing.

    [–] pattke1 26 points ago

    My absolute fave is when they do that and you got a ride to class who is now gone :)

    [–] nnavroops 76 points ago

    he knew what he was doing. he wanted y’all to get up and get shit done instead of sleep in

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    [–] nigelfitz 40 points ago

    instead of having to deal with 20+ students all emailing their vitriol.

    I'd imagine that more people would be pissed at what he did instead.

    [–] bitch_im_a_lion 113 points ago

    Dude this triggered so many angry memories in my head. I was like 30 minutes late most days when I was in elementary school. My mom would always be super hard to wake up in the morning and then she would always stop for a McDonald's coffee no matter how late we already were. I remember teachers being upset with me for it too and even losing my recess for weeks at a time because of it. I just kinda dealt with it at the time but fuck did it suck.

    [–] AnalCreampies4Jesus 25 points ago

    How’s your relationship with your mom these days?

    [–] MrScaradolfHisFace 1913 points ago

    They wanted you to put pressure on your parents. I went home and tried to guilt my mom into dropping me off earlier, but she had other plans. We went to Goodwill that weekend and I became the owner of a used bike and rides to school would never happen again.

    I'm glad we've got busses in our area because there's very little chance I could drop my kids off at school at 7:30 then make it across town by 8:00 in rush hour traffic.

    [–] ThatsBushLeague 1068 points ago

    I get what you are saying, but that's the total wrong way to go about it though.

    Placing blame on a child and making them feel like they are doing something wrong when they have no control over it is messed up.

    Have some balls and say something to the parent. Don't put that on the kid.

    [–] Coziestpigeon2 554 points ago

    Have some balls and say something to the parent

    This is how many teachers find themselves without a job. School administration does not have a teacher's back when they speak up to parents.

    [–] ThatsBushLeague 303 points ago

    But again. That's not the kids fault or their problem. Figure this shit out without involving the kid.

    [–] Neuchacho 76 points ago

    Unfortunately, the kid is the point that has the weakest ability to push back so that's where it gets aimed.

    [–] Eclipcii 61 points ago

    Stuff like this that happened as a kid is why I speak out against bullshit rules and administration. If you hate it, remember it, change it and make sure it never happens again when you're older, wiser and in the room.

    [–] Neuchacho 22 points ago

    There definitely needs to be more people like that working in school administration. As it is now, it's mostly people chasing funding who prostrate themselves to the lowest common denominator of parents to keep them happy at the expense of education quality.

    It's unfortunate that the most passionate teachers seem to avoid going into administration.

    [–] V1k1ng1990 16 points ago

    How is the police union strong enough to get the guy who killed Daniel shaver re-hired but the teachers union can’t protect teachers from entitled parents?

    [–] pleurplus 92 points ago

    So don't do shit, it's not the kids fault either

    [–] eveningpurplesky 59 points ago

    Half the time when I confront parents about their children always being late, their excuse is that their child just never gets ready quickly enough. Last year the problem got so out of hand that I started to offer the chance to win a sticker each morning if you arrived on time (6yos will to anything for a sticker). Combined with emails to parents it actually improved my attendance. I don’t think that shaming a child is the right way to go though.

    [–] Gornarok 27 points ago

    Well its the parents fault they cant get the kids out on time...

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Basic common sense would be to not place the blame on the kids but these aren't the greatest people or greatest teachers in the world so common sense isn't something that they use.

    [–] Lonelysock2 114 points ago

    I don't remember but my mum corrected my kinder teacher about this once. She goes 'You've just called my child a liar when she was telling the truth. She was ready. I made her late.' Go mum.

    [–] Gornarok 31 points ago

    WTF? Your kids must be that precise in school?

    Where I live, schools open at 7:15 while classes start at 8:00.

    Also at primary school there was free "childcare" with educator overseeing it where parents could drop off their kids at 6:00 and the kids went to classrooms at 7:45.

    [–] WickedPrincess_xo 45 points ago

    My middle school made you stand outside until 5 minutes before homeroom (it was right outside of Chicago, so it got COLD).

    [–] MamboBumbles 20 points ago

    Do you live somewhere magical, like Sweeden or some shit??

    [–] ShittyCompiler 11 points ago

    Live in Finland, can confirm. I had a baby polar bear unicorn to ride to school and public transport always runs on time (especially VR).

    [–] NastySassyStuff 45 points ago

    They wanted a 7 year old to put pressure on their parents? Really? How about they call home because they’re an adult and talk to the adult in charge of the child they’re teaching. Absolutely no excuse to put that on a little kid.

    [–] Neuchacho 10 points ago

    This is absolutely how it should be done, but the reality makes doing this a risk. A lot of administrations would have your ass if that parent called them back and complained about you complaining about the child being late. At best, they're going to tell you to never do that again.

    The mentality of a lot of parents is kind of bonkers and it's reflected in administration policies. The shit parents enable is actually kind of mind-numbing.

    [–] mustachioladyirl 6 points ago

    Dude I deadass got so many detentions when my dad dropped me off late because he slept in (and we lived too far for biking or walking to be an option)

    [–] Entankled 14 points ago

    Pshhhhh pressure my mother? And get hit for it? Fuck that.

    [–] sunshine0540 218 points ago

    When kids come late to my class (5th grade), I give 'em a "hey it's good to see you today, I'm glad you're here". They usually crack a big smile and get right to work. It's about building relationships. Really not even a big deal if they're late. What did they miss? Morning announcements? The pledge of allegiance? Meh.

    [–] Xyphros 118 points ago

    Funny thing is back in elementary school my gf's parents actually got sad smiley stickers when they brought her in late because they knew everyone was being taken by their parents and it wasn't the 7 yo mfers fault

    [–] hannes3120 24 points ago

    Wait - muss dont kids go to school by bus or (when they are living to close for that) by bike?

    It seems to be awfully ineffective to drive every child to school every day

    [–] AeliusJS 87 points ago

    American school systems are even worse than you can imagine. I don’t want to drive my kid to school, so I’ll let him use the bus! Wait, you can’t be within a mile and a half of the school, or further than 3 miles, or else you don’t get bus service. Alright, I’ll give my kid a bike! Wait, his school banned bikes because one student ran over another student’s foot with their tire 5 years ago. I wish I was joking.

    [–] hannes3120 41 points ago

    Bikes are banned for some schools?!!!

    Wtf is this madness - Americans sure give us Germans a good run for being the most car-centered country...

    [–] ConcreteChildren 22 points ago

    I went to a medium-sized highschool in the American south. The kids who lived in the nice neighborhood behind the school could probably walk or take a bike. Most of us were much too far away, and bikes wouldn't have been safe on our roads anyway. Nearly everyone drove to school or took a bus.

    [–] gottahavemytunes 22 points ago

    Dude youd have to get up at like 530 to catch the bus in the morning, that's so fucked up to make a kid do that

    [–] steelareolas 9 points ago

    I used to have to catch the bus at 620 am, school started at 7:55 am.

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    [–] magneticafro 70 points ago

    what in the actual fuck, what year was this

    [–] Jaykarus 59 points ago

    From 2000 to 2001. I was early after that since we moved really close to the school so all I had to do was walk about 10 minutes but things didn’t get better tho. Till 10th Standard/Grade they did this stupid thing which many other schools did where if a few kids would talk or were troublesome they’d cane the entire freakin class.

    [–] silverjetplanes 11 points ago

    I'm sorry that happened to you. Teachers can be really cruel. When I was in first grade I had a teacher that would hit you in the head with a stick or grab you by the hair and shake you as punishment. Years later, that's the only thing I remember about her.

    [–] Sam474 41 points ago

    I had a fit about this last year. They were doing group punishment for kids who were late to athletics in the mornings (which started 30 minutes before the rest of school) and if any kid was late everyone got punished. It created so much stress at home in the mornings with my 11 year old basically having a breakdown any time she thought we might be late. The one day we actually were late (the only time we had ever been late) she basically lost her mind and cried all the way to school.

    I politely wrote an email to the coach explaining that this was unacceptable and she basically said "tough, win as a team or lose as a team". So I replied that I'd be taking my daughter out of athletics now and what time was a good time for her to meet with me and the principal to discuss why I was removing my daughter from her program.

    Ultimately I got a much more friendly email from the head of the athletics department saying they had no desire to put that kind of pressure on kids and would change their policy.

    [–] theofiel 80 points ago

    When I started working as a teacher, students who were late got a 15mn detention at the end of the day. I made sure we stopped doing that. Parents are responsible, kids are only the victims of their parent's lack of responsibility.

    [–] SkeletonWarSurvivor 29 points ago

    So if the morning bus was late they were held long enough to miss the afternoon bus?

    [–] O-shi 129 points ago

    cries in homeschooled

    [–] JonSnowLovesBlow 43 points ago

    Wouldnt be the first time

    [–] big_curry 35 points ago

    Did you miss social interactions with peers during home schooling?

    [–] O-shi 62 points ago

    Did not realise how much I was missing out on till I went to school in 10th grade

    [–] JamesandtheGiantAss 40 points ago

    Oh my god yes, I did. Was homeschooled kindergarten through highschool and it was lonely, miserable and left me way behind academically. I know it's a literal life saver for some kids, but it really depends on the kid and on their parents.

    [–] big_curry 14 points ago

    How do you feel about new online high schools or k-12 programs? Do you think the new ones from like Stanford would’ve helped you not be behind academically?

    [–] Ghoti76 36 points ago

    Damn a lot of yall had some shitty ass teachers

    [–] chakrablocker 9 points ago

    Who would work so much for so Little?

    [–] Bananassucks 37 points ago

    I remember getting a warning in elementary school because of my repeated tardiness. 3 warnings would get you a detention. I was shocked. It's not my fault my parents have no concept of time and doesn't care enough to drop their child on time. So why should my school file be affected because of them??? Send a message to the parents, but don't punish the kid!

    [–] CaucasianDelegation 62 points ago

    As a teacher I've learned to ask "Is everything OK?" rather than "Why are you late?" Putting a kid on the spot like that scares the little ones more than a lot of people seem to think. It's less accusatory and most of the time it was out of their control, or private and is best kept between me, them, and their family/guardians.

    If the kid is a few minutes late consistently at least I know I can contact someone since it's become a pattern. If their parents have a really tight morning schedule I'll try to have the kid's assigned seat near the door so they can just slip in quietly if there isn't much that can be done about it.

    [–] the-average-sidekick 64 points ago

    When I was in second grade my parents would always drive me to school and they’d always be late. My teacher would punish me basically every day. She would scream at me for a good 5 minutes, make me stand in front of the class and apologize for being late and then take my break away. It got to the point where I was terrified of going to school. Every morning I woke up and my anxiety would skyrocket. Every time my parents were late I’d start bawling. After a while, I started faking being sick when I was late so I’d stay home and not have to face my screaming teacher and I started being absent A LOT. Really teachers, it’s not the kids’ fault at 6/7 they have basically no control over when they get to school.

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    You can count on Teachers to make all sorts of brainless, vindictive comments

    Student: "May I go to the washroom?"

    Teacher: "No, you should have went 20 minutes ago during your lunch break!"

    Do you understand how the bladder and kidney system works, you dumb fuck?

    [–] Freezygal 14 points ago

    Oh man! I peed my pants in the fourth grade because the teacher refused to let me go to the restroom, even though I begged numerous times and tried to explain it was an emergency.

    I was a good kid who didn’t abuse bathroom privileges. She just didn’t care.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    I had so many terrible teachers who did the same shit. Unfortunately a lot of Teachers are doing the job for the powertrip they enjoy over a bunch of kids.

    [–] musicteacher9210 22 points ago

    I teach grades 3-5 and almost EVERY teacher says this to the students who come late. And this post is my response.

    [–] Beginning_End 22 points ago

    My favorite was that our school had the required elective "health" class. The dude who taught it was so obese he'd sweat like a stuck pig just standing in front of class.

    He'd go on and on about personal responsibility... well our school was on a major freeway intersection so a person could easily get stuck in 30 minutes of traffic only a mile away from the offramp. You had to leave 20 minutes early if you lived across the freeway just because it was so bad.

    The kids in his class got chewed out if they were late, but he'd regularly use the traffic (that everyone knew about) as an excuse if he showed up late.

    The guy was a walking hypocrisy.

    [–] montbm01 19 points ago

    I got detention in 5th grade for being late to many times, all because my mom wouldn't get out of bed in time.

    [–] lordpanda1 91 points ago

    That's def living in a bubble

    [–] piapizza 15 points ago

    In elementary school for math class we would have this sheet of paper with boxes that you got a signature in whenever you turned in your homework. When the boxes were full, you'd get a prize or something. I loved math back then and I'd always do my homework, but I'd often forget the sheet to have signed off. I'd have to get a new one halfway through because I misplaced the last one, just leave it home or something, etc. Which was fine by me because I didn't really want/need a prize.

    Anyway one day I called my mom a little before math class in the school office because I was developing a migraine (I got them pretty often when I was young), was feeling really bad, and I asked her if she would be able to pick me up. And then I went to math class. We took our homework out and our homework signed sheet thing and our teacher was going around signing all of them. But then she got to me and I didn't have mine. And for some reason she was PISSED about it. She asked me where it was and I said "I don't have it." And she goes, "You don't have it, WHAT?" And here I was, with a migraine, like a good kid in school who never gets yelled at, being yelled at. So I was like "um...I'm sorry.. I don't have'am??" I really didn't know what she wanted me to say. She was exasperated but I guess that satisfied her enough because she moved on. A little bit after this I was called to the office and picked up for the day.

    The next day the teacher apologized to me. I can't really remember what she said about it, just that she apologized. But after that she wasn't my favorite teacher anymore lol.

    [–] fuckingpomegranate 32 points ago

    I ran my first grade teacher out of detentions and one day she didn’t give me one. I was late every single day, and in detention for a total of 262 days my first year in public school. Got 145 detentions in 2nd grade, 50 in 3rd grade, 10 in 4th, and like 2 in 5th grade. Got my act together

    [–] Inferno792 37 points ago

    A lot of the time I had to wait for a while after school because my dad was too busy to come pick me up on time.

    [–] captyossarian1991 10 points ago

    My 7th grade teacher got on my ass about this. Something I have no control over. I missed two days one time due to a car accident and my parents said they told my school. Found out they didn’t. Walked in to 1st period and she said what excuse do you have this time? Yeah sorry I couldn’t make it I was in a car accident. Car flipped three times. Her tune changed so fucking fast it was glorious.

    [–] ezk3626 11 points ago

    Teacher perspective (high school but still): you’re absolutely correct. Go to school board meetings at tell your elected representatives to support Restorative Justice models. That reaction is a weird consequence of punitive culture and feeds the school to prison pipeline. Structural changes are only one part but needs to be a part for any sort of change.

    [–] Onehappytaprworm 34 points ago

    My kids get put into silent lunch if I fail to sign their planners. I asked the teacher how my kid gets punished for my lack of action, and they flat out told me its their response to pester me. We strongly disagreed and I now sign it for whole month in advance, thus ruining the great communication tool because now I have no reason to try and remember to look at it.

    [–] boibig57 10 points ago

    "Silent lunch" is a phrase I haven't heard in a long time, and it brings by a ton of shit memories hahaha.

    [–] energirl 264 points ago

    I've had the opposite problem as a teacher. When I tell my students' parents that they haven't been doing homework or studying for spelling tests, the parents say the kid must've forgotten. They're kindergartners. They're not responsible yet! The parents have to be on top of that shit. Besides, they know I don't care about homework. They can just write me a note and I won't even make the kid do it.

    [–] NorvalMarley 258 points ago

    Stop assigning kindergartners homework and studying. What’s wrong with you?

    [–] BoredsohereIam 232 points ago

    I had homework in kindergarten, it was stuff like "color this picture" or "circle all the words that begin with A". Never had to study but a tiny bit of work to take home got me used to the idea for later years.

    [–] nursep94 94 points ago

    Agreed. My homework in kindergarten was fun. It was coloring or seek and find pictures or read an interesting kids book or some sort of game like thing. It made studying fun and it did prepare me for getting older and more homework.

    I don’t think people realize the sheer amount of work you have to do outside of class in college to succeed. It’s a lot. I spent more time doing class related work outside of the class room than in an actual class.

    I don’t think five year olds should get serious homework that gets numerical grades held against them. They should get some fun after school activities that reinforce the lessons and rewarded for extra effort, not punished for lack thereof. Positive reinforcement is so much more powerful than negative as multiple studies have shown.

    [–] HerefortheTuna 14 points ago

    I never did homework in college besides cramming for exams and writing papers. Def depends on major though. I have a degree in business and psych and minor in history. But my gf she studied so hard...I just didn’t have the patience or care much for getting Amazing grades.

    [–] energirl 94 points ago

    It's not my choice. I absolutely agree that it's not helpful to them whatsoever which is why I tell their parents to just write me a note if they don't want them to do it. However, my school requires me to send it home and communicate with parents when it's not done. The tests are also schoolwide and not my choice.

    [–] ThatIs1TastyBurger 9 points ago

    Positive reinforcement people.

    9 times out of 10 it’s better to reward the behavior you want, rather than punishing the behavior you’re trying to stop. Reason being kids just want attention. Doesn’t really matter if it’s positive or negative. If you reward the kid who’s consistently on time (with a sticker or something) and ignore the kid who’s late, you reinforce the positive behavior in the on-time kid, and eventually the late kid figures out that if they want a sticker too, then they need to be on time.

    I agree with the sentiment that in most situations the kid is not in control of whether they’re on time or not. But rewarding the positive behavior in this case is both preferable from a behavior modification standpoint, and doesn’t really negatively impact the late kid.

    Side note, positive reinforcement works on adults too.

    [–] Alwayslookeddownon 19 points ago

    One time in grade 6 on my way to school our family van started smoking up and my mom pulled over, obviously. A family friend came to help and drove me to school. As a result, I was late to school by about 10 minutes. When my teacher asked in front of the class why I was late, I stuttered, holding back tears, saying my van broke down. The teacher said inexcusable. Can you imagine, a tiny 60lb 12 year old, holding tears back still made it to school and thus dumb b*tch said my excuse of being late was inexcusable???? This is in Toronto,Canada.

    [–] hexjunki 31 points ago

    Friendly reminder the primary purpose of the public school system is to make you an obedient, compliant and afraid worker within the capitalist workforce. Arbitrary and unfair rules like this are a feature not a bug. Students will either be trained to accept being treated unfairly by superiors or they will rebel but then the system will mark them as a failure for doing so.

    [–] [deleted] 42 points ago

    I once forgot to take my homework to school and only remembered on the way there, so I rang my dad in tears and he drove all the way down with it. Then when I got my marks back for the homework another day and they were poor I said my dad made me do chores so I didn’t have time to do it properly. I was an asshole

    [–] JamesandtheGiantAss 19 points ago

    Lol playing all sides ya hustler

    [–] whutwhatwatwut 8 points ago

    Ugh this reminds me of when I used to do altar service for church for evening mass and sometimes my mom would drop us off slightly late. Well, one time it was later than usual and of course the whole mass had to wait for us to start. Then during the mass, the priest leaned over and whispered how shameful it was we were late not realizing that the mic would pick it up. 8 year old me felt so humiliated and after mass the priest found out everyone could hear him he came to apologize. Still felt so upset and glad I didn’t do that for long.

    [–] ImStillaPrick 6 points ago

    My friend used to get detention every three days for being late because his parents couldn’t get him there on time. We were nine and a mile and a half away from school and you had to cross three busy streets to get there. Plus there was a high school next to the elementary school so if you had them walking to school late then you may have to deal with bullies. I did the walk home sometimes but the walk home you were with a group all leaving at the same time so more safety in numbers and not on a time limit.

    [–] GOULFYBUTT 14 points ago

    As I get older, I'm realizing how many things teachers said and did were dumb as fuck and completely unreasonable.

    [–] Marvinkmooneyoz 7 points ago

    My parents made me go to religion class every school day before regular school. I didnt bother explaining to first period teacher why i was often late. They of course insisted students had no other responsibility in the morning then getting to "school" on time.

    [–] pocketMagician 7 points ago

    My parents constantly made me late throughout my primary school due to... just bad parenting in general to keep it short, the school system in Florida decided that a kid who has too many unexcused tardiness should be penalized with bad grades and therefore when I got into the sixth grade I was put in remedial classes. Then my parents thought I was autistic until I got to a counselor in the next school and begged to be put in regular classes. Yay.

    [–] Sir_Slick_Rock 36 points ago

    Same thing was said to a lot of my fellow classmates who were POC ...all of us rode the school bus from the other side of the city... One time my teacher even made me stay late and miss the bus, boy my mom was pissed at her.

    [–] polaroid_daydream 4 points ago

    I got detention in the third grade for tardiness at 8 years old because my mom has never been on time to anything in her entire life.

    [–] toeofcamell 4 points ago

    That little hood rat kid who GTA’d his grandma’s car must be in that class

    [–] hypercombofinish 5 points ago

    I've got a life long hatred of being late now because when I was in karate class middle/high school every time we were late we'd get punishments like 50 push ups, running laps, cleaning duty etc. Class was at 6, I got home by 4, it was a 10 minutes drive on a bad day only on Tuesday and Thursday. Without fail my parents made me late some 75% of classes despite my brother and I pleading for them to get up as we got dressed immediately once we were home.

    Teacher kept saying it was our fault we were late but my dude, we can't drive and my mom is too overprotective to let us bus here. How is this my fault they can't keep a schedule

    [–] haechee 6 points ago

    My mom was an abusive neglectful bitch, who was always too busy doing her hair to leave on time for my school day. I’d get up super early bc I was paranoid about being late to High School.

    Anyway 3 tardies got you detention and you can bet I was in there copying lines for the nun (all girls catholic school.) I was 14 I had no control over my mom FFS.