I was told many times by my teachers how dumb I am.

United States
February 11, 2007 4:38am CST
When I was in school a lot of my teachers told me, and the rest of the class how dumb I was. I say was because after I got out of school I found out that I do have a brain and that I do know how to use it! I love the song by John Mayer about how his teachers tell him about the real world and how he won't make it. Then he gets out of school and realizes that the real world is much easier than school. His song is so true! Now I would love to run through the halls of my High School! One reason I know that I'm smart is because I am able to teach kids and adults how to play the violin, I've been teaching now for over 2 years and currently have about 35 students, most of them have been with me for the entire 2 years! Has anyone else in the myLot world been told by their teachers that they were dumb only to discover just how smart they really are when they got out of torture land...I mean school?
3 responses
• India
11 Feb 07
Hey, I still remember how one of my teacher's told me that I was 'good for nothing'. It really hurt and made me angry at that time. But later after i got out (and started making many many times the salary of a school teacher) I realised that she must have been mean because of her own frustration. I mean, it's not easy being a school teacher- no money and no appreciation, and sometimes difficult kids.
• United States
12 Feb 07
I commend and admire great teachers, I just wish there were far less bad ones. I think it's awesome that you found your calling and are doing so well! Thanks for the comment!
@merkava (1226)
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
When you're saying a person is dumb you're challenging their intellectual capacity. Dumb people are never dumb, they're just misunderstood. I have one friend who is academically challenged back in high school and I had to tutor him to pass. But when he got to college and enrolled in Fine Arts he was the alpha male of the Fine Arts course in their college. It's very disheartening for a teacher to call his pupil dumb. If the student is dumb, what more the teacher?! The teacher's efficiency in teaching is reflected on how much the students are learning or improving. If I were you and they the teacher said that to me one more time, give them your violin and tell them to play a harmony for you! If they couldn't, tell them they're dumb. And if they contest and say that they're not dumb you can answer back.... "you called me dumb because you said I'm not capable to do the things you asked me to do, now, I'm the one asking you to play the violin and you couldn't play it. Just following your train of thought my teacher." Of course they'll rant out that violin takes years of practice to master... you answer back "yes, just like studying, and you failed miserably." "Oh, and since you related to learning the violin is like studying and since I'm good at playing the violin then I'm not as dumb as you think I am." Case closed!
• United States
12 Feb 07
Thank you for the very nice, informative comment! Another thing that happened to me was during my first week of Kindergarten. I was talking to a fellow classmate when the teacher was talking and she came up to me and pulled my hair, actually lifting me out of my chair and screaming at me to not talk to other students when she was talking. From then on everyone has wondered why I was so shy. It's amazing how in school there are book smart people but yet the school systems are missing out on all of the other ways students are smart, sport smart, street smart, music smart, etc. Those are the students that are beaten to a pulp in school and develop learned helplessnes, which I struggle every day to get past. When I first got out of school my self-esteem was horrible, I truly believed I would go nowhere in this world. Thank goodness for my amazing parents that brought me out of that horrible dispair! Thanks again for the awesome comment, it is so nice to know there are people in this world that think like you do!
@AKRao24 (18455)
• India
14 Feb 07
Yes! You are right! Unfortunately the yardstick used to measure once actual intelligency is very wrong one! They want students to mug up the things and reproduce them in the examination to score the marks. We are never given opprtunity to express ourselves and we are branded as a useless child or Duffer or dumb! But I think in school the child is as sharp as he should have been but his field is different. He always wanted to use his brain for the purpose of his own interest as he finds the routine teachings as uninterested to him. Same thing happend with Albert Eienstein, he never could complete his Schooling but the World knows him as one of the best known Scientists of the World! Personally I too was lebelled as an useless child when I was in school, but later on after leaving the school I prospered in my studies and for that matter I left the school by scoring First division in our Board exams, and there after I never looked back . I was getting Merit Scholarship during my undergraduation and Post graduation! REgarding my talents and achievements you can refer ubder talents , in the search Engine! Thanks! You have initiated a nice discussiuon and it has taken me to my past like and I was nostalgic for a moment at this age of 47! Thanks again!