October 6, 2010, - 1:03 pm

GREAT VIDEO of the Day: What All Teachers Need to Do, But Can’t

By Debbie Schlussel

Last night, I screened the much buzzed about “Waiting for Superman,” about the failures of American public schools, made by the same guy who made Al Gore’s propaganda flick, “An Inconvenient Truth.”  I can’t post my review until it debuts later this week. Stay tuned. But related to that topic, this video is what every American public school teacher should be able to do with unruly and/or disrespectful students, but can’t because of various “child abuse” laws and coddling of American kids.

I respect this professor a great deal for having the guts to do what most would not dare.  On the other hand, she’s somewhere in Asia, where they can get away with these things and don’t have a million trial lawyers and useless parents lining up in protest. That’s why I think the second video is probably a fake (though I hope it isn’t). The third video appears to be in a Slavic country (or Greece?), but I cannot place the language (maybe you can). The last video appears to be a college professor, so maybe you can get away with that at an American institution of higher learning. But I doubt a high school teacher would get away with it. Perhaps I’m wrong. I wish I could do this to people at the movies.


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15 Responses

Ha-ha…these teachers rock. I hope the second one was not a fake either. I love how stealthy they are in grabbing the phone and then smashing it.

America is my fav country, but we have really lost it as far as respect, decentcy, morals and rudeness. It just such a shame. Why to peeps feel they can be so rude and disrespectful? The me-me-me mentality is really pervasive and disgusting today.

Skunky on October 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I am active in training new Boy Scout adult leaders. At the beginning of each training session, I ask that the participants please turn off their cell phones, or place them on vibrate. Guess what? THEY DO !!! “A Scout is courteous.”

Tom Glennon on October 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Bless those teachers! Where do we get more like them? Could they be cloned? My fear is that the moron parents of these mindless students will, guess what, SUE the teacher(s) the school, the cell phone manufacturer, etc. Never mind being a REAL parent and discipline these cretin kids for having no manners – or brains. The only teachers I remember from my education years are the “Tough” ones. The pimpy wimpy ones are long forgotten!

Herbster on October 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

The first clip is a Thai business class. Unfortunately it is not real. Not sure if it was used in a commercial or if it was part of a joke.

Michael LeFavour on October 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This is funnier than Jake Byrd!

Love it!

As goes on October 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

When I was an undergraduate student in the 70’s, our quantitative chemistry professor would not let us use calculators, or alternatively, would require that we have 1/2 hour less time, as it was not fair to students who could not afford one. By the end of the semester, calculators had dropped in price to about 10 or 15 dollars, and he relented.

Cell phones in the class? Ridiculous. I am not even keen on computers in the schools, as they give students an opportunity to cheat.

Jonathan Grant on October 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

The third video is in Brazil. They are speaking Portuguese in a clear, Brazilian accent.

Brad on October 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

No, no, no… taking the student’s cell phone from him and even keeping it till the end of the semester is fine, but breaking it is unacceptable. Jeez. Kids should be looking to teachers as dignified role models, not emotional, out-of-control monsters who can’t maintain decorum and continue the class without losing their cool and destroying others’ property.

Scott Spiegel on October 7, 2010 at 12:03 am

I want teach for animal, not more kids.

Christa Horvath on October 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

BRAVO for those teachers. You know how often I’ve wanted to smash cellphones in the libraries where I’ve worked?

Miranda Rose Smith on October 7, 2010 at 4:28 am

I can not stand cell phone use at work either! I am an assistant in a dental office and some of these younger assistants have no clue and no work ethic! I am in my 30’s and time after time see cell phone use, texting, and checking up on Facebook WHILE AT WORK! There are so many other ways to keep yourself busy at work. Sorry, but I think all of these things are just dumbing down younger kids today. It is very frustrating seeing the poor work ethic for a lot of these younger people. I know I sound like an old lady – but it’s true!

Angela04 on October 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

Brad is right.

I am from Portugal and the 3rd video is in brazilian portuguese.

Mats on October 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Cell phones, we can’t live without them today, but their use both in school and on the job are overly abused. In my grandson’s school you had better turn it off. One ring and the rabbis pounce.

Naomi Romm on November 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

For years resisted owning a cell phone. Finally a senior-level job at a large company required one.

Still, I don’t take it with me to meetings and often leave it “off” while driving, as I like the calm of driving without a disturbance.

Figure ppl can call my office and leave a msg. Otherwise, just not that important to me. Enjoying being a dinosaur and get a chuckle out of folks permanently connected to their cell phones and bottles of water.

Just thought I’d share…

GC on February 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

All the videos are very entertaining and fun to watch. I find it reasonable for teachers to be mad towards students using cell phones during the class. It’s not easy to prepare for a class and be just neglected during the class. When I was in college, we were not to bring cell phones inside our classrooms. And if ever we had forgotten to leave it outside, we would automatically turn it to a silent mode or turn if off.

Arriana Jane Calderon on July 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

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