This is the punishment that a 6 year old boy in Oregon received for being late after his mother's car wouldn't start.

Teachers can really be thoughtless assholes sometimes.

As a kid I was always chubby. My kindergarten teacher had us all sit "Indian-style" in a circle, then had us try to get up without using our hands. I had a very hard time of it. Everyone, including the teacher, laughed at me. That was really humiliating for my first week in school ever. It kinda set the psychological backdrop for my academic career.

My second grade teacher was a mean-spirited woman who wore braces with rubber bands holding the top brace to the bottom brace on both sides in the back of her mouth. It made her spit when she spoke. She belittled a frail little girl in our class until she cried for getting a math problem wrong. I hated her for that.

We had an angry, impatient, dull-witted principal at that school. He once pulled one kid to his office, by his ear, down flight of stairs. That kid was a bigger, tougher kid with a heart of gold who protected me and others from being bullied from time to time. That prick of a principal had the gaul to stand at our graduation and tell the whole school that we were the worst children over whom he had ever presided. My hope was always that he died a prolonged and painful death from a particularly pernicious cancer that would eat him slowly from the inside. He made dozens (maybe hundreds, for all I know) of decent kids feel bad about themselves for the rest of their lives.

I was always able to take copious notes then re-organize them when I got home and pass all the tests with very good grades. I just hated doing homework. Because I often didn't do homework, I was made to feel like a criminal. I was interrogated and berated with stupid questions like, "What should we do with you?" My thought was always, "How should I know? You're the grown-ups!" and "What's the problem here? I thought the purpose of school was to learn the material, which I have clearly done, as is evidenced by my quiz and test scores."

All that has fucked with my world-view and still haunts me today. In education, they say "Primacy exceeds recency," meaning the things you learn early-on stay with you better than what you learned yesterday.

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