25 Things You Should NEVER EVER Say to Teachers


Many teachers do a truly great job. The truth is that most of them are underpaid and under appreciated by administrators, parents and students. These are the things that tend to make teachers very sensitive to criticism or unwarranted comments. Out of respect for the responsibility that comes from teaching kids and preparing them for the future, there are things that kids should never say to teachers, especially while the student is still attending that particular teacher’s class. Here are some things kids should be warned to not say to their teachers, or any teachers for that matter.

1. Did you really finish college?
T. Yes I did. All four years just like you will someday if you can get through my class.

2. Some of the other teachers are better at explaining things and they are much nicer.
T. I will try to a better job of explaining in the future. As for the nicer part, it’s not my job to be nice; it’s my job to be a good teacher.

3. Did you ever consider any other kind of job besides teaching?
T. No. I’m doing exactly what I love and I’m good at it, don’t you think?

4. My father says that doing homework is a real waste of time.
T. And what does your father do for a living?

5. Can you give me some suggestions about how I can get more excited about this class?
T. Yes. Please pay more attention in class.

6. I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I would never take a job as a teacher because all the kids would hate me too.
T. Oh, I’m sure the kids would never hate you.

7. I have a really hard time staying awake in your class.
T. Can I suggest you try to go to bed a little earlier?

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8. Are there any other teachers in this school that teach the same subject?
T. Nope. It would seem you are stuck with me, but you have no need to worry, right?

9. I have better things to do with my time than study for your stupid tests.
T. I have better things to do with my time than grading papers with so many mistakes.

10. Does the principal know the things you are teaching our class?
T. Yes. He has already approved the entire curriculum and suggested I make it more difficult.

11. I don’t know why it is so important for me to take this class. I’m not planning on going to college anyway.
T. It’s important for you to take this class so you learn something that may be of use to you in other ways.

12. If I don’t do so well on the test, it is okay for me to take the test over?
T. Oh, I’m sure you’ll do just fine. If not, you can take it again next year.

13. How come it takes you so long to grade our tests?
T. Because I have a lot of students who make a lot of mistakes.

14. I just have a problem understanding the way you are trying to teach me.
T. Then I’m sure you won’t mind getting together after school to work on improving our ability to communicate.

15. My father told me that people, who can’t do, teach.
T. That’s interesting. Who do you think teaches those who do to do what they do?

16. Do you have any students that you would consider to be your favorites?
T. You are all my favorites. Didn’t you know that?

17. You just don’t know what it’s like to be us with a teacher like you.
T. I understand. I guess you don’t know what it’s like to be me trying to teach kids like you.

18. If I fail this class, do I have to take it again with you as my teacher?
T. Of course. So I would suggest you work a lot harder so you don’t have to see me ever again.

19. My parents are considering home schooling because they don’t trust the school system or the teachers.
T. Well, I wish your parents a lot of luck, and I hope you have a successful future.

20. Do you think you would like teaching more if you made more money?
T. No. I wouldn’t like teaching more; I would just drive a better car to school every day.

21. It seems like it is really easy to be a teacher. All you have to do is stand in the front of the room and talk all day.
T. Yes. The first eight hours are very easy. It’s the time I have to spend tutoring, talking to parents, attending meetings and grading papers that make it very hard.

22. All the other kids said that this class was really easy to get an A in.
T. If you are one of the kids that studies real hard, I’m sure you will find this class very easy. If not, it’s not so easy, I promise.

23. My mom says she remembers being in your class and that she hopes you changed over the years.
T. Wow. That makes you mother rather old, doesn’t it?

24. How come you didn’t want to get a real job? Is it because you wanted the summers off just like us?
T. Oh, I have a real job as well. I’m a teacher and a babysitter for lots of smart mouth kids.

25. I can’t wait for school to be over so I don’t have to take dumb classes like this ever again?
T. I understand. I’ll bet you can’t wait to find out just how convenient life is when you have to get a job with no education and no skills. It will make these “dumb” classes seem like gospel.