Lynyrd Skynyrd is named after a P.E. teacher called Leonard Skinner who had the band members in his class and was known for being very strict about enforcing the schools no long hair on boys policy so the band named themselves to mock Skinner and changed a few letters to avoid a lawsuit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders. realrussia.co.uk/Blog/kno…
Today I learned about Kevinism in Germany. BThe word describes the fact that, for example, when a child is called "Kevin" or "Chantal", teachers believe that this child comes from an educationally disadvantaged home. The increase form "Alpha-Kevin" describes a teenager who is ignorant but also very stupid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
In 2006 a Filipino-born Canadian boy was punished by his school for using his cutlery according to Filipino etiquette. The teacher sanctioned the 7-year-old Luc for what the school called "disgusting" and "piggish" eating habits: using a fork to push his food onto a spoon before eating it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Breaking Bad has a shot-for-shot Spanish remake titled "MetΓ‘stasis" featuring Walter Blanco, a struggling high school chemistry teacher in BogotΓ‘, Colombia, who teams up with his previous student JosΓ© to cook methamphetamine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
Pro Wrestling Great, George "The Animal" Steele, was not an animal nor was he a dummy. He was a well educated man, teacher and all-around good guy. He has a YouTube video that was uploaded a day after his death, per his instructions, that shows him sharing his life story. youtube.com/watch?v=Tcc1B…
On June 11, 1964 in Germany, a deranged World War II veteran attacked an elementary school with a flamethrower and a lance, killing eight students and two teachers. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
Today I learned about Hideki Okamoto who became Karate teacher for Syrian government after using Karate to resist capture by armed security for nearly an hour while inebriated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka…
In California, teachers can get fired for identifying as communist dailybulletin.com/2013/01…
Out of 24 SS Death Squad leaders, prosecuted in 1947 for the direct killings of more than 1m people, 9 were jurists, 1 university professor, 1 opera singer, 1 expert in art history, 1 architect, 1 economist, 2 teachers, 1 priest, 1 dentist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein…
Today I learned about substitute teachers’ week. Every year in Alberta, Canada the Alberta Teachers’ Association dedicates a week to recognizing the work of substitute teachers. teachers.ab.ca/For%20Memb…
A teacher has kept the "World's Oldest Twinkie" under glass since 1976 youtu.be/A__7Q5PRaJQ
Today I learned about James Joseph Dresnok who was one of 6 known U.S. soldiers who defected to North Korea. He defected in 1962 to avoid punishment for forging signatures and going AWOL. While in North Korea he worked as actor in propaganda films and as an English teacher, got married twice, and died in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Famed Grateful Dead sound engineer Better Cantor Jackson lost over 1000 original board tapes when her storage locker was liquidated in a sale. Some of the tapes inside crates were purchased by a teacher who tried to sell them for $1 million despite being offered $100,000 by the band. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of the Pygmalion effect, where teachers expectations of students can improve their performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyg…
Today I learned about a teacher called Osamu Mizutani who for 14 years patrolled the streets at night trying to persuade Japanese youth hanging around the streets to return to regular life while also responding to calls and emails. japantimes.co.jp/life/200…
The music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was re-edited by Kurt Cobain; among other things, he almost completely removed shots of a dorky teacher and an angry principal from the director's cut. (The teacher appears briefly at the end.) youtube.com/watch?v=x87S6…
Today I learned of Ina Koenig, a German kindergarten teacher who jumped down a 75-foot mine shaft when one of her 3-year-old students accidentally fell down it. It was filled with cold water. For more than 2 hours, she kept the child’s head above the deluge, saving his life, until helped arrived. growingyourbaby.com/teach…
Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson, wrote a teacher who was showing the movies in class: "No. Stop. Please. No class deserves such a punishment". On another occasion he wrote: "I would rather have my teeth pulled with no anesthesia". hypable.com/percy-jackson…
Almost 4,000 years ago, ancient Egyptian teachers used red ink to correct spelling mistakes, just like today. metmuseum.org/art/collect…
Today I learned about John Gurdon, who was ranked last out of 250 boys in his year group in Biology and in a progress report, his teacher said that pursuing Biology for him would be a "waste of time, for him and those who have to teach him". In 2012, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
In 2004, teacher Barry Bradford and 3 students collaborated with a journalist to create a documentary about the murder of 3 civil rights activists by the KKK in 1964. Their discovery of fresh evidence got the case reopened, resulting in the conviction of white supremacist Edgar Ray Killen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of the Westall UFO encounter, which occurred on 6 April 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where more than 200 students and teachers saw a UFO in broad daylight. youtube.com/watch?v=sPHVv…
Actor Jon Hamm was amongst Ellie Kemper's high school teachers, with whom she appeared in a school play, while studying theater and improvisational comedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
In 1985, Ryan White was refused re-entry to his school due to him having AIDS. 117 Parents and 50 teachers petitioned for his ban. People even cancelled their subscriptions as White was the paperboy and they believed they would be infected via newsprint. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Indian Maharaja Jam Sahib adopted 640 Polish orphans during WWII. He brought the children to the royal palace in Bombay, had a dormitory built for them, and brought in Polish teachers and chefs so the children would feel at home and "recover their health and forget the ordeal they went through". historycollection.co/that…
β€œNow is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.” is a typing drill written by a teacher named Charles E. Weller. β€œNow is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” is now used instead, because it exactly fills out a 70-space line. straightdope.com/columns/…
"Simon" in Simon Says is different in other countries. In France it's Jack Says, Chinese is Teacher Says, Norway is The King Commands, and Ireland is O'Grady Says. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
In 1997, Bill Cosby's son Ennis was murdered while changing a tire and left on the side of the road by Ukrainian teenager. Cosby was working toward his doctorate in special education at Columbia University's Teachers College. He planned to set up a school for children with learning disabilities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but he was also a teacher for the deaf biography.com/inventor/al…
A substitute teacher in Ohio was convicted of four felony counts and sentenced to 90 days in jail along with 3 years of probation, for showing a high school Spanish class the 2012 horror film β€œThe ABCs of Death”. theguardian.com/film/2015…
A skeleton from 7150 BC found in an English cave was a DNA match for a history teacher living nearby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
King ov Hell, bassist of Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, left the group "due to difficulties combining playing in a clear-cut Satanic metal band as Gorgoroth with the fact that he is full-time employed as a primary school teacher." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Today I learned about Eli Herring, a former Offensive Tackle for BYU who turned down an NFL contract to become a math teacher because he didn’t want playing on Sunday to come between him and his religion. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist and teacher, devised the periodic table. In 1867, one day after working for three straight days, he got the inspiration from a dream: "Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.” He named his discovery the β€œperiodic table of the elements.” khanacademy.org/partner-c…
Saint Cassian, patron of teachers, was tortured to death by his own pupils. He was sentenced to death for teaching Christianity instead of Roman Gods. Since his pupils were eager for revenge for many punishments he got from him, they stabbed him to death with their pointed iron styli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Beethoven's teacher (Johann Albrechtsberger) wrote seven Concerti for the Jew Harp (also known as the Mouth Harp). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
Bob Graham's (38th Governor of Florida) political campaign included performing a full eight-hour workday of the various jobs that Floridian voters held. Starting in 1974, and totaling 408 workdays, jobs he worked included being a teacher, police officer, busboy, and construction worker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
James Earl Jones had a terrible stutter as a child and was functionally mute for 8 years because of it. A high school teacher helped him end his silence through Jones' love of poetry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of a Swedish man who was wrongly imprisoned for a murder for 14 years until a true-crime podcast brought out clues that led to his exoneration. Awarded a record sum in damages of 18 million SEK, he now lives in Canary Islands with his wife who was his Spanish-language teacher in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaj…
The band Lynrd Skynrd got its name as a tribute to their PE teacher - Leonard Skinner en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
A student was arrested for assault because he flew a paper plane in the classroom that hit his teacher in the eye. aol.com/article/news/2017…
Today I learned of John Corcoran, a teacher who taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy. bbc.com/news/stories-4370…
Saved by the Bell was originally called 'Good Morning, Miss Bliss' and starred Parent Trap actress Hayley Mills as a teacher. The show was cancelled after a single season then repackaged with Zack, Lisa, Screech and Mr. Belding retained from the original show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
One of the most powerful unions in New York City in the 1960's was the Bagel Bakers Local 338. They made far more money than engineers, policemen, and teachers at the time. If they went on strike, bagels simply weren't available since the process hadn't been automated yet. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
, Debi Sue Voorhees who played Tina in β€˜Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning’ (1985) became a teacher after her acting career and was fired from two separate high schools after students got ahold of stills from the sex scene she performed in the film. fridaythe13thfranchise.co…
Mike Rowe is an honorary lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. His high school music teacher was quartet singer Fred King, who forced him into barbershop when he heard Mike's voice youtu.be/lLLx_7lTbFc?t=45
James Dyson, partly supported by his wife's salary as an art teacher, spent five years and made about 5,127 prototypes until the launch of the famous vacuum cleaner that would not lose suction as it picked up dirt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of the first native English teacher in Japan, Ranald MacDonald (a grandson of Comcomly), who risked death to enter Japan in 1848. One of his students was Einosuke Moriyama. Despite this, he died a poor man in Washington state. His last words were reportedly "Sayonara, my dear, sayonara..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The most expensive school in the world is the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. It costs $87,000 in tuition fees. The school has 400 students enrolled with 150 teachers. uk.businessinsider.com/in…
Today I learned about Minnie Freeman, a teacher in Nebraska in 1888 who saved all of her students after a freak blizzard struck. The winds were so strong the roof and door blew off the school. Using string she roped the kids together and trekked over a mile in whiteout conditions to the closest farmhouse. nytimes.com/2018/10/03/ob…
Liam Neeson was once a school teacher, but got fired because a student pulled a knife on him, and Neeson punched him uproxx.com/tv/about-the-t…
Today I learned about Yoshio Nakamura. An American Citizen of Japanese decent who was sent to an interment camp during WWII but enlisted in the army and fought in Italy to break the German line. He used his GI bill to earn a degree to become a teacher but school districts wouldn't hire him due to his heritage. whittierdailynews.com/201…
Weyauwega, Wisconsin’s first Eagle Scout in 20 years killed a 37year old substitute teacher β€œto see if he could” nbcnews.com/id/4386006/ns…
The world record for the loudest thing ever shouted belongs to an Irish teacher who shouted the word "quiet" at 121 decibels, the equivalent of a jet engine. belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne…
Queen Victoria had a platonic relationship with her Indian servant (Abdul Karim) and promoted him as her "Munshi" (teacher). He became her closest confidant and due to the attention and benefits he gets from the queen, he had conflict with almost everyone in the Royal Household. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
David Quinn, a former host of the PBS children's science series 3-2-1 Contact is one of the co-founders of allrecipes.com. He's also a high school teacher, entrepenuer, filmmaker, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Christopher Lee received frequent beatings from teachers whilst at school, including once for "being beaten too often", though he accepted them as "logical and therefore acceptable" punishments for knowingly breaking the rules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There have been shootings in American schools as early as 1853 - November 2, 1853 Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew Flournoy Ward fatally shoots a teacher for punishing his younger brother horrorhistory.net/2018/11…
Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary. npr.org/sections/ed/2017/…
The Mayor of Newark New Jersey, Ras Baraka is the teacher heard in the album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' nytimes.com/interactive/2…
One of Tibet's leading spiritual teachers has proclaimed that Steven Seagal, the actor and action hero, is a reincarnated lama and sacred vessel of Tibetan Buddhism. sfgate.com/news/article/M…
Tedde Moore was in her third trimester while filming A Christmas Story. Because the film took place at a time where teachers couldn’t be pregnant, they used makeup and padding to even out her features esquire.com/entertainment…
Today I learned of Ranald MacDonald, a Chinook/Scotsman from Oregon Country, who went to Japan in 1848 despite its strict isolationist policy. Risking death, he pretended to be shipwrecked & got captured. While imprisoned, the gov't sent 14 samurai to be his pupils, as he became Japan's first English teacher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Dr Seuss wrote a 1963 film β€œThe 5000 fingers of Dr T”, about piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker, who has a mad plan to force 500 young boys to practice at his magnificent piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. seuss.fandom.com/wiki/The…
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9 year old girl, who asked for help with "munity" against her teachers. Depp turned up with no warning at the school in full Jack Sparrow outfit, but advised against munity. telegraph.co.uk/culture/f…
Paul Robeson was a college athlete and pro football player, a lawyer, a latin teacher, an opera star, and a movie star, who was an African American who spoke out against racism and became a world activist, and was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism in the 1950s. biography.com/musician/pa…
The children's choir was not originally intended to be part of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2". The producer got the sound engineer to sneak out to a local elementary school and conspire with the music teacher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
Einstein actually had good grades in school, with the highest scores in his A-levels for algebra, geometry, descriptive geometry, history and physics. His reputation for being bad at school comes from his dislike of school authority, leading to clashes with teachers. gizmodo.com/einstein-actu…
President Chester Arthur's grandson Gavin was described as "an Ivy League dropout, an Irish Republican Army activist, an experimental-film actor, a commune leader, a gold prospector, a teacher at San Quentin, and a bisexual sexologist/astrologer." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gav…
A single Wolverine crossed the ice of Lake Huron into Michigan, where it lived out its days as the only one in the entire state. A local science teacher followed and studied her closely for years until her death. Upon finding her dead he said, "I feel like I lost a member of my family." mlive.com/environment/ind…
Because he felt his students couldn't properly understand how the Nazis came to power, a teacher roleplayed as an authoritarian. He managed to start a proto-fascist movement that swept across the schoolβ€” the students even took it upon themselves to rat out those who were disloyal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Liam Neeson was training to be a Teacher until he punched a 15 year old student in the face for pulling out a knife chroniclelive.co.uk/news/…
Noel Gallagher was expelled from school for throwing a bag of flour over a teacher en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noe…
Teachers at a Florida elementary placed books inside the school vending machine. Students can buy books using tokens earned from doing good deeds or working hard in class youtube.com/watch?v=nOvrF…
A high school janitor stumbled upon a teacher who took nude photos of a student when he found a CD labeled 300 while cleaning his classroom. He thought it was the Zack Snyder film and reported the teacher after finding out the real content on the disk. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
In 1963 a 16 year old sent a four-question survey to 150 well-known authors (75 of which replied) in order to prove to his English teacher that writers don't intentionally add symbolic content to their books. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
A Virginian school teacher was 'cured' of his pedophaelic and excessive sexual urges after the removal of an egg sized tumor from his frontal lobe nbcnews.com/id/3077083/ns…
Today I learned of Edward Makuka Nkoloso, a Zambian school teacher who, in an effort to win the 1960s Space Race, planned to send a 17-year old girl and two cats to the moon. He and his Afronauts also sought to spread Christianity to Martians, but only if they were open to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Leslie David Baker, who played Stanley Hudson on the Office, was a teacher for special needs children before he was an actor. theoffice.fandom.com/wiki…
Teachers who have their masters degree do not get paid extra for it in the state of North Carolina. insidehighered.com/news/2…
Across countries, student evaluations of teaching are significantly correlated with instructor gender, whereby students regularly rate female instructors lower than male instructors. In this, there is no evidence that male teachers are more effective than female teachers. blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofs…
Bruce Springsteen's third grade teacher, (A NUN) stuffed him into a garbage can claiming that's "where he belonged." mentalfloss.com/article/2…
JJ Thomson, a famous physicist who lived from 1856-1940 and who was known for identifying the electron as a discreet particle (for which he won a Nobel Prize), was such an amazing teacher that 9 of his students also won the Nobel Prize across multiple fields. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
A Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and a Holocaust survivor, Liviu Librescu, held the door of his classroom during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door saving 22 of his 23 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
: "Nuremberg Funnel" is a jocular description of a mechanical way of learning and teaching. On the one hand, it evokes the image of a teaching method almost without effort and on the other hand, a teacher teaching everything to even the "stupidest" pupil. Also references forceful teaching. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
A teacher in South Carolina started a 'Gentleman's Club' for more than 60 at-risk children to teach them important life lessons and social skills and support them so that they would grow up to become successful adults. He even provides donated jackets and ties to students who cannot afford them. cbsnews.com/news/teacher-…
There was an experiment to teach dolphins English. A dolphin called Peter did actually learn a few words but actually fell in love with his teacher and also had sexual urges. Consequently, the experiment ended pronto but unfortunately the dolphin couldn't cope and committed suicide. theguardian.com/environme…
Chinese students can rent fake parents to meet their teacher to avoid embarrassment telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
If it were not for a school teacher from maine - named Joshua Chamberlain - ordering a courageous bayonet charge at the battle of Gettysburg, the Confederates would have been able to flank the Union army and would've had a much better chance at winning the battle, and subsequently the war. nps.gov/people/joshua-cha…
Johnny Cash took only three voice lessons in his childhood before his teacher, enthralled with Cash's unique singing style, advised him to stop taking lessons and to never deviate from his natural voice. biography.com/people/john…
After the publication of 1984, George Orwell sent a copy to his high school French teacher, Aldous Huxley, who responded with a letter commending the book and contrasting it with his own Brave New World. lettersofnote.com/2012/03…
Parents filed an ethics complaint against a High School Biology teacher for using the word "vagina" while teaching reproduction. eastidahonews.com/2016/03…
Whilst working as a marine-biology teacher in 1986, Stephen Hillenburg was asked to create an educational comic about anthropomorphised sea life. He later adapted the characters within it, such as "Bob the Sponge", into one of the most popular and longest-running children's series of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Deaf kids in Nicaragua created a completely new sign language out of scratch when placed in deaf schools, after rejecting the sign language the teachers attempted to teach. It is now the official sign language of Nicaragua en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
In 1961, Fidel Castro closed Cuban schools for a whole year and formed teachers into a "literacy army" with the goal to eradicate illiteracy. By the end of the year, 707,212 previously illiterate people had learned how to read. lasa.international.pitt.e…
The only book Stephen King has let go out of print is Rage, in which a kid shoots his teacher and holds his class hostage. While he doesn't think books, movies, or video games cause violence, he does think they could act as an outlet to commit violence through, and should be more responsible. youtube.com/watch?v=2TmFV…
An illiterate man was a high school teacher for 17 years before anyone realized bbc.com/news/stories-4370…

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