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Teacher in California gets recorded by Native American student because “he felt that violence was being committed against him and he had the right to record.” 🇲​🇮​🇸​🇨​

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u/Pete_maravich Oct 21 '21

Students I'd like to show you what not to do on indigenous peoples day. Again guys don't do this you will get fired if you do.

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u/doofygoobz Oct 21 '21

My favorite part is that this was during math class. Math. What type of math was she trying to teach with this?

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u/ldobehardcore Oct 21 '21

Let me preface by saying what she did is fucked up and wrong, and she shouldn't have done that.

She was teaching SOHCAHTOA an acronym for finding the 3 basic functions in trigonometry.

SOH stands for the SINE of an angle = OPPOSITE side from the angle over the HYPOTENUSE

CAH stands for the COSINE of an angle = the ADJACENT side over the HYPOTENUSE

TOA stands for the TANGENT of an angle = the OPPOSITE side over the ADJACENT side.

I hope that at least clarifies.

I suspect the teacher's idea was "If I make a good spectacle and show, the students will remember the material better"

Unfortunately she didn't think very hard about how her little song and dance reflects on her and the fact that wypipo have been appropriating, bastardizing and otherwise mangling native culture, when wypipo haven't been genociding them physically.

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u/BachToTheFuture3 Oct 22 '21 Take My Energy

Man, my math teacher just taught it as Some Old Hippie Caught Another Hippie Tripping On Acid. I’ll never forget it lol

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u/Tryhard696 Oct 22 '21

Your math teacher taught you this? Mine just said “remember this”

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u/brygeek Oct 21 '21

Well to be fair they will definitely remember this, video aside she is gonna find out just how good their memory is. This is one of those things she should have ran by someone who could have said the only logical thing. No you are out of your mind and I’m gonna pretend you never said that.

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u/Zech08 Oct 21 '21

Every year someone does something that requires someone else to make a sign or power point presentation of what not to do or look out for...

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u/MissippiMudPie Oct 21 '21 Helpful

Now we get another page in the HR handbook and another day of training because of this nitwit. Thanks Karen.

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u/doc_witt Oct 21 '21 Silver

I got fired for trying to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my class. Oohhh...I'm suddenly not allowed to get piss drunk and start fights with the kids. That was my last day as a kindergarten teacher.

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u/DaggerMoth Oct 21 '21

Your suppose to release snakes first. Then get drunk then try to recapture all the snakes. Then declare yourself a hero for getting rid of the snakes.

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u/Sons-of-Bananarchy Oct 21 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz

this is one of those videos where your spider senses tingle and you turn the volume down. thank you, spider senses. 🤟

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u/xspikeshadowsx Oct 21 '21 Helpful

Yeah, sometimes you can just tell, this one was a quick mute

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u/doktorhollywood Oct 21 '21 Helpful Take My Energy

That's my secret Cap. I'm always on mute.

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u/raybreezer Oct 21 '21

For real… people scroll through Reddit like this is TikTok? I only unmute if I want to hear it.

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u/megaExtra_bald Oct 21 '21

Holy fuck we got the same pfp

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u/MundungusAmongus Oct 21 '21

There can only be one

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u/xto_ Oct 21 '21

Have at thee!

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u/Axztefx Oct 21 '21

This is why I love reading comment than the video itself especially on Reddit,YT,and hanime what a wholesome community

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u/ohnobobbins Oct 21 '21 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

According to the original poster on Instagram, she has been placed on administrative leave. Some other pupils have said on Facebook that she was doing this every year, they had to live through this lesson 3 years ago.

So it’s not even that she’s high… she’s totally fuckin racist and socially inept.

There is also the possibility she doesn’t know it’s racist, in which case she clearly hasn’t read a book or newspaper for the last 40 years, and has NO business being a teacher 🙃

Also there’s now an implication the school already knew about it if this has been in her lesson plan for years.

Right, I’m just off to try and stop cringing.

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u/Charliesmum97 Oct 21 '21

Does...does anyone know WHY she does this? I mean...why? It's so weird. I genuinely thought she was high, or having some kind of mental breakdown or something.

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u/_jessika_nikole_ Oct 21 '21

She's saying SohCahToa at the beginning. It's a nemonic device used in trigonometry which sounds like it could be a Native American word, but to my knowledge isn't.

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u/AuMatar Oct 21 '21

I remember math teachers putting native american imagery in the lessons about soh cah toa 20+ years ago. Like a teepee and a headress on the slides. But at least they didn't do the chanting and dancing.

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u/South-Builder6237 Oct 21 '21 Helpful

Kind of reminds me of the time our mathematics professor taught us about trigonometry by throwing siegheils and heiling the Fuhrer.

"ZE ANGLE OF ZE TRIANGLE IS NEIN DAGREES!"

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u/ChurchillsChicken Oct 21 '21

Loved the cringe look plastered on the student faces. You just know this isn't the first time she's done something like this lol

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u/josh1ng Oct 21 '21

There’s a reason folks were recording

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u/Reading_Rainboner Oct 21 '21

They’d still be recording it even if it was the first time just because of how crazy she looks.

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u/TuaTurnsdaballova Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Silver Wholesome Hugz All-Seeing Upvote Heartwarming

Dude, on my first day of high school, in my first class, my science teacher was reading roll call for the first time and when she got to this Muslim kid’s name in our class she struggled to pronounce it, didn’t ask ask him if she pronounced it correctly, then called him “gunga din.” Only reason I even remember this is because the kid rightfully got super pissed because he thought she called him some racist shit, and because that racist nickname sadly stuck with the kids. This was like just before everyone started having smartphones and people didn’t record everything.

Anyways, the teacher tried to defend herself saying it was a joke and not a racist word. The Muslim kid calmed down a little... until the teacher turned on the projector to show everyone what “gunga din” was to prove it wasn’t racist. She shows a clip of a half naked Indian beggar wearing a turban and acting like a slave to a bunch of white British soldiers... half of the class starts laughing hysterically and the Muslim kid freaks out again, he starts dropping the f-word and calling the teacher a racist bitch and storms out of the class.

Again, this was our first day of high school. This was at a private Catholic school that was very selective (you had to take an entrance exam, then do an interview with the principal and other teachers, and strong preference was given to kids who belonged to the Catholic Church). The school was also like 99% white. He was the only Muslim kid in our whole grade (and maybe in the whole school?) and he was seriously humiliated by a teacher on his first day of high school. Man, I never forgot that day and felt so bad for him. He got switched out of the class the next day but the nickname stuck for four years—kids are fucking brutal. He was one of the smartest kids in the whole grade but the dude was bullied almost every day for four years. Honestly, don’t know how he stuck it out the whole time.

Haven’t thought about that kid in years but this dumb bitch mocking native Americans reminded me of it.

Man, wherever you are, I hope you’re doing ok dude.

EDIT: A lot of people find it unbelievable that a Muslim kid would be allowed in a Catholic School. In the US, or at least in my home state, private Catholic Schools were always among the best high schools for both sports and academics. My school alternated as both the top academic and sports school in the state every year (and still does). There are a certain number of spaces reserved for non-Catholic students to enroll but everyone (including Catholic kids) had to go through a tough application process which included exams and interviews. There were also a small number of kids who were clearly recruited and given scholarships from poorer families to play football (thus, our school’s reign as one of the state’s football powerhouses). Aside from the Muslim kid there were also non-Catholic Christian and Jewish students enrolled. Everyone had to go to mass on Fridays and the non-Catholic kids would participate in everything except receiving the sacrament (they would just stay seated in the bleachers). It was a great school overall but, like any high school, some kids are gonna have a shit time.

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u/Monkeyboystevey Oct 21 '21

My first day of secondary school in the UK, our first teacher let out a massive fart on purpose in class to make everyone laugh, then said "in primary school you won't have heard teachers say fuck or shit... And you probably won't hear it here either, so please don't say those words in my class or you will be asked to leave" We were 11 years old and getting really mixed messages from this teacher.

Same day our English teacher saw my last name and straight away told me I wasn't welcome in his classroom and told me to get out and wait outside for the 90 minutes. He wasn't joking either, I had to stand outside the entire time. Turns out he had a major grudge against my sister and now didn't like me either despite never meeting me before. Next 3 times I was in his class I wasn't allowed in the room until my mum pit in a complaint. Then it was just a year of bullying instead until I moved schools.

Apparently He got fired a few years after for bullying pupils.

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u/rickyman20 Oct 21 '21

I really don't understand why teachers keep grudges against siblings they didn't like. For all they know the sibling doesn't get along well with their sibling either and you're just antagonising with you good reason

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u/SloightlyOnTheHuh Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 22 '21

As a teacher.... I agree. I have had absolutely lovely, hardworking and polite students with completely bonkers siblings. Sometimes a whole family is bonkers and you can see it comes from quality parenting but other times some kids just have issues. Rules one is don't blame a kid for their behaviour before you meet the parents and the first rule is treat every kid in every lesson as if you have no history with them. Fresh start every time.

Edit: damn I forgot this was the internet and have to be specific and 100% accurate in my use of language or someone will either think I'm stupid or have a melt down. Yes, I know 2 first rules. I was being silly because there is no order in which one has 'rules' on how to treat students. Now stop being such literalists.

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u/Gamoc Oct 21 '21

You could have ended your comment at the word "grudges." Imagine being a teacher that's more immature than your students.

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u/dX927 Oct 21 '21

In kindergarten I knew a kid named Chukwuemeka. It was 1987 in NYC, was it a "weird" name? Yes. Was it hard to say? Not really. Everything was fine that whole year. Then in either 1st or 2nd grade we didn't wind up in the same class but we'd see each other during recess. All his classmates started calling him "Teddy." Turns out the teacher couldn't pronounce his name and started calling him "Teddy" because "he looks like a little teddy bear."

His father was PISSED. I never found out if the teacher got in trouble or what. Wonder what became of the kid too.

Isn't life funny? I would bet a million dollars that Chukwuemeka doesn't remember me but I remember him. Just like how there's some other kid who I've long forgotten still remembers me for some stupid reason.

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u/PixiCode Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

I mean... it would be pretty easy to just use the nickname "Chuck" if the kid was okay with it. I'm not saying that's potentially much better, I bet it would have still caused issues. But it at least makes sense as opposed to...

Teddy? Because 'he looked like a teddy bear'? That's right out of fucking dragon ball Z Abridged where Krillin calls aliens some half-assed nickname that's pretty lame. Dende was 'little green' because he was small and green.

When a teacher can be compared to the routine of an over the top satirical retelling of an anime you know they fucked up.

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u/Mikisstuff Oct 21 '21

Wow. That's worse than the drill instructor in my Navy recruit intake nicknaming the kid of Vietnamese descent "Charlie". That stuck around til he discharged like 10 years later.

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u/11Veritas Oct 21 '21 Wholesome Take My Energy

She’s the Micheal Scott of teachers

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u/kjt323 Oct 21 '21

Can anyone hear what she says at the end? All I caught was "obviously this is ridiculous", which is a fair summary

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u/Kawaii_Potato_UwU_ Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Silver Evil Cackle

"Water Goddess, again, I ask you, please tell me the secret in the enchantment. Please." "and then I hear..." Laughs manically "because, obviously this is ridiculous" is what I gathered. I might have heard wrong though.

Edit: Oh, secret Indian chant? That's definitely worse.

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u/ender89 Oct 21 '21

It's "secret Indian chant", because apparently it wasn't racist enough already

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u/Awkward_Growth_6265 Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

The Addams family Values, the gods of my tribe have spoken, they said do not trust the pilgrims especially Sarah Miller. And for these reasons I’ve decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground🧨🪓

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u/Mortwight Oct 21 '21

I have to stay... And watch it burn. ... ..

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u/fireinthemountains Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Silver Helpful

So she's satirizing another culture just to make a point about how she looks down on it, even though the perception she already had was wrong to start with. It's like some fucked up game of telephone.

Edit : it's interesting seeing how just a couple words in my statement can be interpreted in opposite ways by whoever is reading. To clarify, I think some people misunderstood me. I'm saying shes satirizing a culture because she looks down on that culture, not on people who satirize. She's aligning herself with racists.

Also, for the record, and the racists in the comments, I'm Lakota Sioux. As in, grew up on the reservation, participated in the culture, have a career in Native Country. This isn't a comment you can write off as some rando playing "woke."

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u/Disabled_Robot Oct 21 '21

If you YouTube 'sohcahtoa story' there's a bunch of renditions of a tale where the titular aboriginal stubs his toe and then goes and find a pool of water to dip it in, or whateverthefuck.

I imagine she's just trying to add her own energy inspired spin to this drivel while doubleu punctuating how out of touch she is with what both society and her children deem acceptable

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u/OnsetOfMSet Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

In my high school, the math teacher's preferred mnemonic for sohcahtoa was "Some Old Hippie Caught Another Hippie Tripping On Acid," which I felt was both funny and more memorable.

Edit: a letter

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u/htbav Oct 21 '21

Wait this is a fucking math thing??

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u/[deleted] Oct 21 '21 Bless Up

She's saying a prayer to the "Water Goddess".

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u/Mirrorrelemes Oct 21 '21

I thought she said fucking “water bottle” thought she had completely lost the plot

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u/caliborntravel Oct 21 '21

“Water goddess, again, I ask you, please tell me the secret Indian chant. Please. And then I hear,” laughs “because, obviously this is ridiculous—“

Smdh

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u/Chili_dawg2112 Oct 21 '21

What. The. Fuck. Was. She. Thinking?

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u/tsFenix Oct 21 '21 Silver Wholesome

She wasn’t

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u/VoadoraDePiru Oct 21 '21 Silver

No, she very clearly was. You don't magically get a feather hat in your head and impulsively decide that's how you're gonna be teaching today. There was a thought process behind this. That's the scary part

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u/polite_as_fuck44 Oct 21 '21

Also the drawing on the projector wtf is happening? Also wtf does she say at the end? “Something something bc this is all ridiculous”?

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u/karinchup Oct 21 '21

WTF? Has she lost her mind?

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u/_nitrozeus_ Oct 21 '21

Yes probably, and her job as well id assume.

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u/regoapps Oct 21 '21

I think she's trying to get kids to remember the sohcahtoa acronym for trigonometry (the "CAH" on the board was a clue). I'm guessing that because she thinks it sounds Native American that she thinks it's okay for her to do this.

For those who don't know or don't remember sohcahtoa:

SOH: Sin(θ) = Opposite / Hypotenuse. CAH: Cos(θ) = Adjacent / Hypotenuse. TOA: Tan(θ) = Opposite / Adjacent.

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u/AstarteHilzarie Oct 21 '21

Oh holy shit so it's not even remotely related to Native American history? It was terrible to begin with but this somehow makes it worse that she just pulled that out of her hat to teach math.

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u/Antiluke01 Oct 21 '21

Is this a movie? If so which one? If not, wtf?

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u/Magg5788 Oct 21 '21

If it were a movie it would probably be one like Welcome to Me where it’s advertised as a comedy but in actuality it’s a tragedy about mental health.

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u/McMaster2000 Oct 21 '21

This reminds me of one of those drunk ideas my former roommate and I had after watching the Ryan Gosling movie Lars and the Real Doll. A movie that was clearly advertised as a whacky comedy but again turned out to be one of those sad tragedy movies about mental health.

My roommate was a professional editor and we wanted to see if we could make the most inappropriate comedy trailer out of an obviously tragic movie (say, something like Schindler's List, for example). Again, just a drunk idea that sadly never came to fruition, but still something I'd love to see.

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u/Antiluke01 Oct 21 '21

Schindler’s List: The Schmuck Cut

(I hated naming that lol)

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u/Qetuowryipzcbmxvn Oct 21 '21

Ah yes, those are my favorites. Another classic is The Truman Show

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

We had an art teacher who told us all she hates children on the first day of lessons.

We all thought she was joking...a bad joke, but joking.

Subsequent lessons showed us our mistake.

Who gets a job teaching if they hate children ??????

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u/OpinionBearSF Oct 21 '21

How gets a job teaching if they hate children ??????

Sometimes, people who are vulnerable to someone else get pushed into things by that person.

For example, I used to know a woman in Arkansas who was a registered nurse at a hospital there. She had fairly severe agoraphobia, and then one day, she logged into chat and told me that due to her dispensing medication to a patient in error, the patient was killed.

She was absolutely inconsolable. Her parents had pushed her into becoming a nurse, and had ignored her growing agoraphobia.

She ended up talking of suicide. It was a rough time.

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u/milkmymachine Oct 21 '21

Nurses dispensing the wrong medications is not a rare event, they have 4-6 medication dependent patients at once. It’s harder now with so many checks and scanning and procedure that needs to be done to get the meds out of the machine, but my point is that any nurse, even the ones who love their job, could have made that mistake.

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u/0pening_Trash Oct 21 '21

Exactly this. I worked in an assisted living when I was younger, and compared to how much nurses have to do with meds, I did next to nothing. I still messed up one day and didn't dispense a tylenol or ibuprofen, but realized how easily that could have been a blood thinner or other very important medication. I quit over it.

And even now, when I'm in a hospital, I check the meds they give me to be sure it's right. I don't hesitate to ask "Hey, is this right?" and have caught staff repeatedly giving me wrong doses because of how things were written in the system.

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u/TheRiverInEgypt Oct 21 '21

I’m not even Native American but watching that video was an indecent assault on all of my senses…

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u/[deleted] Oct 21 '21 Gold Wholesome Hugz

In case anyone missed it in the other comments…

WHAT THE FUCK

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u/ramobara Oct 21 '21 Silver Gold Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

How do you expect to teach kids trigonometry these days?

SOH CAH TOA

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u/Dolemite5 Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Wholesome

Nice angle.

Edit: Thanks for the award kind stranger!

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u/NosamEht Oct 21 '21

That’s acute comment.

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u/icewalker42 Oct 21 '21

Teacher was a bit obtuse though.

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u/ForensicAyot Oct 21 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz

Triangle

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u/ExaminationWilling15 Oct 21 '21

+1 for the effort

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u/Lysol3435 Oct 21 '21

This thread has really gone off on a tangent

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u/NoRoomIn_Hell Oct 21 '21

She really wrote this on her planner thinking “Yes, this is gonna go very well”

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u/[deleted] Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 26 '21

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u/bfandreas Oct 21 '21

Meanwhile, when the one girl notices the filming she immediately leans out of frame.

"Hell no! I am not going to star in your racist shamanistic maths video. Imma gonna sit this one out."

She knew what was coming.

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u/ImATrevosaurus Oct 21 '21 Helpful

Highjacking top comment to ask op, what the fuck is up with the title my guy? Totally made it sound like the kid was in the wrong.

Just title it what it is. “Student records offensive teacher”, I hate how many morons put click-baity bs titles to drum up controversy/attention

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u/CrabSully Oct 21 '21 This

Yeah, feels like title was written by someone alt-right trying to make it sound like SJWs were going mad.

But like someone Native American is totally justified to be offended by this (not that I get to decide, seeing as I'm white)

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u/ImATrevosaurus Oct 21 '21

This is exactly the issue. By putting the “he felt threatened” it almost belittles the actual subject of the video- blatant racism and insanity from the teacher.

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u/Shmooperdoodle Oct 21 '21

Agree. It’s the racist version of “Don’t assume my gender” used as a joke or saying you “identify as” something inanimate. It’s belittling. The implication is that it’s an overreaction by the student instead of a horror show from the teacher. You’d almost expect the next line to be something about a safe space and the word “snowflake”.

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u/MuhammadTheProfit Oct 21 '21

Bruh. I'm white and I'm offended. Ain't no wrong in seeing how awful this is and feeling empathetic towards those this directly mocks.

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u/Tylymiez Oct 21 '21

Yeah, even as someone who is not usually considered as a really woke person, I was screaming "oh sweet Jesus, just stop!" three seconds into the video - and not at the student...

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u/lickingthelips Oct 21 '21

Is she high?

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u/-PunkNDrublic- Oct 21 '21

Idk but I am and still have no fucking clue what I just saw

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u/kittenknievel Oct 21 '21

I gasped out loud WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK…so pretty close.

Hope it’s some r/byebyejob situation.

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u/2278AD Oct 21 '21

There is no way she keeps her job after that. No chance. At the end she says something about “the secret Indian chant”, laughs, and says something about the whole thing being ridiculous. She’s toast.

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u/BigUncleHeavy Oct 21 '21

There really is nothing else to say.

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u/evanc1411 Oct 21 '21

What the actual shit

What the tapdancing fucking Christ

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u/Pizza-n-Coffee37 Oct 21 '21 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Hugz Take My Money I'll Drink to That

My social studies teacher in ninth grade was an alcoholic and would walk out of the classroom 5 times during class to take a sip of her flask that she had in her desk. She was more professional than this woman.

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u/gerkletoss Oct 21 '21 I'll Drink to That

What? Just do Irish coffee like a normal teacher. Or put vodka in your lemonade.

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u/algalkin Oct 21 '21

I put rum in my coke. Im not a teacher though

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I put coke on my rim

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u/SlimeyVinegarTestes Oct 21 '21

BOOF THAT SHIT MOTHERFUCKER

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u/TobagoJones Oct 21 '21

Exactly. My teacher just had one of those giant size plastic cups from the gas station filled with “soda” she would sip throughout the day.

Flask is amateur hour.

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u/honeypinn Oct 21 '21

My teacher had a massive 64 oz mug. She would drink more than one in a school day, and I know this because she would pull out a 2 liter of diet coke from her mini fridge and fill it up during class. Now I don't know if she had alcohol in there, but I do know that she weighed about 400 pounds.

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u/Cunts_and_more Oct 21 '21

My story telling teacher (taught other classes too) senior year of high school would send a student Down To the cafeteria for an xl Diet Coke. When he’d get it he would take big chugs it. Then as a student was presenting, the cup would disappear under the desk and magically reappear full again. Was a fantastic teacher tho.

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u/Gumpee1 Oct 21 '21

Yeah I need to know more here. Storytelling as class? Like creative writing or they read stories to you?

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u/deshthrowaway Oct 21 '21 Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

It was a bard college

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u/Cunts_and_more Oct 21 '21

You would tell stories out loud. It was a bit creative writing / public speaker / theatre hybrid class. Was great.

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u/Y_orickBrown Oct 21 '21

I was skipping school and realized my health class teacher and i were in line at the store together. She was buying a gigantic family size bottle of bottom shelf vodka at 9am when we were both supposed to be in class. I was baked like a cake, so not judging. I'd need a drink if i was teaching 9th graders too. Ms. Mehl was a funny lady.

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u/JC351LP3Y Oct 21 '21

In 2nd grade I had a substitute who would pour vodka from a little pint bottle into her mug in front of the class like it was the most normal thing in the world.

I didn’t really realize what she was doing or that it was something out of the ordinary until about 10 years later.

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u/Eren_Schitt Oct 21 '21

Our drivers ed teacher came to a couple house parties - I always thought he was pretty cool and down to earth.

Then I found out that he was fucking a 15 year old.

Wasn’t long before he was fired and put on a list.

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u/hellocaptin Oct 21 '21

Yeah my parents always told me to watch out for older people hanging out with us in high school. “If you were out of high school would you want to hang out with a bunch of high schoolers? Exactly. So think about the type of person that does.”

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u/PlutoTheGod Oct 21 '21

I had a math teacher in high school who would routinely skip first period to go home and get things she forgot, show up in pajamas and unlock the door then walk back to her car, and would often fly off into a fit of rage when everyone in the class noticed they were failing and it was her fault. Crazy the quality you get teaching your kids

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u/kmj420 Oct 21 '21 Hugz

Were you homeschooled?

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u/sneakyveriniki Oct 21 '21

I was a teacher for a minute and it was downright shocking how little they cared what you did as long as you kept kids and parents out of admin's hair. Like they literally told us to just pass all the kids so they wouldn't have to deal with anything. It was also a really high ranking private school in a wealthy neighborhood

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u/fuglysack14 Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Hugz

Had a high school English teacher that kept referring to Native Americans as "savages". There were two of us "savages" sitting there highly uncomfortable throughout her entire monologue about her opinions. We had been reading "I Heard The Owl Call My Name" when she decided to share this opinion of hers with the class. We waited until the end of class and approached her as respectfully as possible about how her opinion made us feel threatened and ashamed. She apologized and sent us on our way. She gave an even more venomous rendition of her opinion to the next class that filed in. Which resulted in 3 of us reporting it to our principal the next day. The principal essentially took her side and told us that she was just "from a different generation and we should try to be empathetic". This was 20 years ago. Some things never seem to change.

Edited just to say: Thank you, for the hug and for everyone that showed support here. I appreciate every single one of you.

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u/stray_r Oct 21 '21

"They're from a different generation, they've always done it that way" doesn't make it less wrong.

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u/opermonkey Oct 21 '21

But somehow "I'm from the generation that gets to punch rascist boomers in thier head" isn't an acceptable response? :(

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u/cb7752 Oct 21 '21

That’s truly awful.

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u/Kongo204 Oct 21 '21

Be empathetic of the racist, rather than dealing with the racism.

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u/fuglysack14 Oct 21 '21

I guess it was easier to tell three kids that their personal beliefs about themselves were dispensable rather than reprimand a grown woman for her gross abuse of power and pisspoor values.

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u/Kongo204 Oct 21 '21

One of those takes effort and doing things. Way easier to blow off the problem.

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u/echobunny9203 Oct 21 '21

I dealt with an asshole kindergarten teacher like that. She bullied my autistic child and the administration tried to excuse her behavior by saying that she was from a different generation. I asked if her generation was a bigoted asshole generation or maybe the problem was not just with her, but everyone in administration too, while my attorney was just sitting there trying not to laugh, needless to say they she ‘retired’ rather suddenly a few days later..

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u/fuglysack14 Oct 21 '21

Good job!! Edge them out. We share a few more similarities. My autistic son's kindergarten teacher sent home an activity pack for Thanksgiving. One of the pages was labeled "Color the Indian girl". My son colored a big red bindi on her head and kept it moving. He follows instructions in a literal manner; I don't know what else she expected there.

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u/cloudlocke_OG Oct 21 '21

I teach high school math. The kids usually hate it.

But a lot of them remember SOHCAHTOA as easily as they remember Pythagorean Theorem. They just do. And I teach it the usual boring way.

And serious question: was this teacher on something?

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u/writingonzewall Oct 21 '21

My high school geometry teacher made math fun by having us play a game called Dragon Slayer. It was pretty much an rpg where we had to solve equations to progress successfully. Winning class got 10 bonus points on the test covering that unit.

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u/KenKaniffLovesEminem Oct 21 '21

I wish a lot of teachers were creative like this. Even if kids "act" like they don't want to play it because "they're too cool for it", most will still go all out and try to win those points lol

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u/Curae Oct 21 '21

I teach English as a foreign language, my last year student just had to do their speaking exam, and were really sick and tired of the regular scripts they got. They didn't talk a lot in English and just missed that bit of fluency and the compensation strategies.

I set them up with the starter set of DnD 5e and let them play it. (Mind you this was a really small class lol) Only 1 guy knew the game, who was promptly made DM. The rest of the guys had never played it. They spoke so much with each other, asked questions, helped each other out, described words they weren't familiar with, pointed things out on the character sheets and mimed movements they didn't know how to describe. They had a blast. At their graduation they thanked me for letting them play DnD, and two of them told me they found people to play with now outside of school.

Haven't had a group that wanted to try it since though :(

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u/sagerobot Oct 21 '21

DnD is on a resurgence, so its likely the class then never heard of it if it was a while ago. But now its popular. Did you perhaps started the trend inadvertently!?!

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u/diddy_pdx Oct 21 '21

I graduated in 97 and still remember sohcahtoa

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u/periodicsheep Oct 21 '21

class of 97!!! did you notice how old we are suddenly?

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u/bfandreas Oct 21 '21

Man, to me '92 was practically yesterday. And then, suddenly, no hair.

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u/Not_A_Wendigo Oct 21 '21

She’s got to be high or having a total mental breakdown or something.

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u/The_Weeb_Sleeve Oct 21 '21

She dressed for this, this was purposeful not an off the cuff mental break.

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u/razk10 Oct 21 '21 Silver Wholesome

If Michael Scott was a teacher

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u/fuckrobert Oct 21 '21

LOL this some sitcom shit

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u/Canuda Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Helpful Evil Cackle

You can watch a longer version here:

https://mirror.fro.wtf/reddit/post/3221569

Edit: She’s been placed on leave while they do an investigation.

  • The school yearbook promoted this behaviour, showcasing pictures of her in a multicoloured paper “headdress”, and commenting on how creative she is. She’s been doing this since 2012 with support from John W. North High School.

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u/MonsieurMacAndCheese Oct 21 '21

Wowwww, the full video makes this way worse.

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u/deathjoe4 Oct 21 '21

Me thinking: how could this be any worse

watches video

Me: "wow"

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u/MonsieurMacAndCheese Oct 21 '21

Yeah, I hate videos like this one that give me second hand embarrassment. How the fuck does she have the balls to do this without being high, drunk or mentally unstable? I look forward to seeing this on the news so I can know the outcome.

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u/AbbreviationsLow651 Oct 21 '21

She’ll release a statement saying something along the lines of “This is not who I am. I have tremendous respect for Native American communities. As someone who is 4.3% Iroquois, it is my goal as an educator to impart my cultural knowledge onto all my students.” I’m not sure how strong American teacher unions are, but IG they’re anything like in Canada, this woman will continue teaching after taking a course on appropriate behaviour.

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u/theBLEEDINGoctopus Oct 21 '21

As a teacher, I’m like so appalled. If my coworker did this I would hope they would be fired. Like was she drunk?

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u/eaglefade Oct 21 '21

Tell us about the the reasoning for the title

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u/yesterdays_hope Oct 21 '21

This is confusing, cringe and just plain weird lol

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u/YeetusThatFetus6 Oct 21 '21

They were learning trig values and sin cos and tan (The acronym is sohcahtoa) and she just went way too overboard with it mocking native Americans

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u/GroovyLlama1 Oct 21 '21

Could someone please explain... I know SOHCAHTOA, but I don't see it's relation to native American people?

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u/_ryuujin_ Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

Just casual racism. But to get there, I guessing there's a few native American names ending with aa sounds, like Sacagawea, sohcahtoa sounds like a bunch of gibberish with aa sound at the end. 2 + 2 + a whole lot of crazy + lol bit of racism and you get wtf that clip was.

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u/bambiartistic Oct 21 '21

The one guy with his head face planted in his desk is our collective feelings

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u/mcnatjm Oct 21 '21

That lady is unwell.

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u/[deleted] Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21 Hugz

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u/VaguelyFamiliarVoice Oct 21 '21

I, too, am a white male social studies teacher (retired). This is beyond anything any normal person would think is okay, much less, someone that was taught how to relate to youths. She must have slept through those classes.

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u/TheTrueFlexKavana Oct 21 '21

I have an undergraduate degree in Social Science Education, but I never taught anything beyond student teaching sections of AP US History for a semester. I also think this is highly insensitive.

Not because of any educational background, but because I'm a fucking normal human being that understands not being an asshole to other people.

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u/ThriceGreatNico Oct 21 '21

I'm a white, middle-aged software engineer, and I too think this teacher's behavior is unprofessional and insensitive.

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u/Steelstrike309 Oct 21 '21 Tree Hug

I’m a white marijuana user and even I find this behavior insensitive.

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u/DesertJungle Oct 21 '21 Take My Energy

I am white trash and I think this behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

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u/firbranch Oct 21 '21

i just got out of jail, am behind on rent, and am thinking about skipping work tomorrow anyway, and i think this behavior is unprofessional and insensitive

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u/publicbigguns Oct 21 '21 Helpful Hugz Heartwarming

I pushed a kid into a puddle this morning and I think this behavior is unprofessional and indefensible.

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u/MelKokoNYC Oct 21 '21 Gold

I'm a yankee doodle dandee, a yankee doodle do or die, a real live nephew of my uncle sam, born on the 4th of july, and I find this moronic lady homicide-inducing.

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u/MadamTarantula Oct 21 '21 Silver

I am the egg man They are the egg men I am the walrus and I think this behavior is goo goo g’joob

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u/uncle_bob_xxx Oct 21 '21

I am walter white and I am the one who knocks, and this behavior is insane

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u/Mantequilla_Stotch Oct 21 '21

I'm a white, male garden center general manager and I am highly confused on the reason for this ignorant acting session.

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u/TheTrueFlexKavana Oct 21 '21 I'm Deceased Respect

This post is getting more professionals together than LinkedIn ever has.

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u/CadeCunninghausen Oct 21 '21

I'm a white stand up comedian, and I don't find this funny at all. It's also stupid, racist, unprofessional and embarrassing.

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u/Johnnyonnaspot Oct 21 '21

Lotta white male social studies teachers hangin around here.

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u/YeetusThatFetus6 Oct 21 '21 Silver Gold

I think they’re learning the trig crap, which has the acronym sohcahtoa and she just took it overboard for no reason

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u/Lady_Scruffington Oct 21 '21

Ah. At first, I thought she was pointing out ridiculous stereotypes about native americans because of her comment at the end, "because this is so ridiculous..."

But if it's a way to remember a math acronym, then yeah, she lost her damn mind.

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u/[deleted] Oct 21 '21

They will never ever forget Soh-Cah-Toa though.

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u/supercopyeditor Oct 21 '21

True. I mean, damn, I don’t think I’ll forget it.

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u/mega48man Oct 21 '21

Aaaaah yeah I remember socahtoa. My trig teacher also made a native American joke when we were taught this. But man, what he did was a straight set up "so a guy walks into a bar" type of joke. This lady.... well I don't know what she's doin.

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u/YeetusThatFetus6 Oct 21 '21

My geometry teacher just quickly went over that way just kinda said “sohcahtoa was a Native American“ yadda yadda and that 2-3 second explanation always clicked but the other one was “Some Old Hippie Caught Another Hippie Tripping On [Apples]”

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u/TheTrueFlexKavana Oct 21 '21 Hugz

I hear the apples at Woodstock were some trippy shit.

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u/EatPlantsNotAnimals Oct 21 '21

Don't eat the brown apples!

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u/hippiegodfather Oct 21 '21

She’s gotta be drunk, or something…

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u/brian_m1982 Oct 21 '21

What in the Kentucky fried fuck?

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u/stigmatasteve Oct 21 '21

As a Kentucky native, I am slightly offended… and oddly hungry?!

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u/brian_m1982 Oct 21 '21

I am sorry for having slightly offended you, and i have here for you a Kentucky fried steak.

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u/WontFindOut25 Oct 21 '21

No, no. He has a point. That dance was fucking painful to watch. I feel like violence has been committed against me, too.

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u/RoyalHardware Oct 21 '21

she has a history of doing this kind of thing.

Wow

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u/Professional-Curve38 Oct 21 '21

Ducking riverside man lol

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u/tjhoush93 Oct 21 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Hugz Take My Energy Bravo!

Dances with Karens

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u/HotSauce7 Oct 21 '21 Silver Helpful Hugz Take My Energy I'll Drink to That

Psychogawea

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u/Disabled_Robot Oct 21 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

Damn that's good

Take my gift.

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u/desert_deserter Oct 21 '21

In case anyone missed it, this is what some Native aunties and other folks were calling the Q Shaman after Jan. 6th.

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u/HungryLikeDaW0lf Oct 21 '21

I heard they named him “walks with Karens”. Same sentiment. LOLed when I first heard it.

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u/p_money_account Oct 21 '21

Some high school teachers are legitimately insane. My high school trigonometry teacher once suggested we form a "math gang" and go around threateningly asking people "You got a math problem?!?" It would have just been a funny Dad joke, except when he said it, he picked up a chair/desk and threw it against the wall. He was a highly respected teacher, too.

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u/unwantedleftovers Oct 21 '21

I felt like I just watched a whole movie after reading this comment

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u/MELLOWCORNholio Oct 21 '21

That just sounds hilarious.

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u/Jayer244 Oct 21 '21 Silver

It was a good joke but I think forming math gangs would just multiply the division

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u/dieseldog09 Oct 21 '21 hehehehe

"You want the summa this!?"

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u/Revolutionary-Tie126 Oct 21 '21

This feels like a psychotic break

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u/Waterproof_soap Oct 21 '21

Look, I get that it is hard to teach, especially right now. Kids don’t give a shit, they are literally destroying schools, there’s no funding, no time off, and no support.

BUT FOR FUCKING FUCK’S SAKE HOW DID YOU THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?

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u/RonMFCadillac Oct 21 '21 Wholesome That Smile

My dog woke up from a dead sleep in the other room to come in here and growl at this.

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u/AcePsych247 Oct 21 '21

Op, you’re facepalming the teacher and not the student, I hope?

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u/BluejayOdd4669 Oct 21 '21

I was super confused by the title and the video, glad I’m not the only one

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u/Ishi-Elin Oct 21 '21

Yeah, I expected some dumbass kid, but got a weirdo teacher.

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u/SmashedPumpkin_ Oct 21 '21

Looking at OP's post history, it's safe to say they're face palming at the teacher, but I was confused by the title as well

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u/mili_minutes Oct 21 '21

Eyea, I think the teacher posted it here, lol

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u/Trendscom Oct 21 '21

I can’t believe how many of these tone deaf people that still exist, sports teams are literally changing their names, products are changing their logos, and this half wit is running around insulting all native Americans in a classroom WITH a Native American student in attendance! How can she be this stupid! Why do we have such stupid people teaching our children? It’s infuriating.

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u/[deleted] Oct 21 '21

Please tell me this is a lost clip from Parks & Recreation

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