Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, in 1963 wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
George Orwell’s French teacher at school was Aldous Huxley boingboing.net/2016/08/22…
Actress Margaret Hamilton, best known for terrifying multiple generations as the Wicked Witch of the West, was a former kindergarten teacher who used her fame to benefit children, animals, and public education for the rest of her life. She was described as very kind and great with kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Louis Armstrong, an influential jazz figure, didn't receive formal musical training until he was arrested for firing a pistol at age 11. In there, the music teacher, Peter Davis, taught him how to play the bugle and cornet. In retrospect, Louis said that was when "me and music got married." history.com/news/9-things…
Teachers in Luxembourg are the best paid in the world, with a starting salary of 73,300€ ($79,920) going up to 128,200€ ($138,920) per year. luxtimes.lu/archives/8318…
A California HS teacher designed an experiment/demonstration to explain how the German population could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during WWII. It lasted 5 days and grew from just his class of 30 to over 200 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
OJ Simpson had been called OJ from such a young age that he didn’t know his name was Orenthal until 3rd grade when a teacher read his name aloud in class en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
Due to the New Long School natural gas leak explosion in 1937, a disaster that killed more than 295 students and teachers, thiols were added to natural gas, the strong odor makes leaks quickly detectable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Several US school students were permanently expelled for owning β€œdeath notes” that they wrote the names of other students and teachers in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
In 2015, two day care teachers were charged with child abuse for running a toddler Fight Club in Cranford, NY, where they'd pit children aged 4 to 6 against each other, record it while quoting the book and movie and post it on Snapchat. nypost.com/2015/09/01/day…
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il secretly studied English on the small island of Malta in the 1970s . His English teacher, Prof. Daniel Massa, said that he used to become irritable when hungry, especially when lessons overstepped their time limit and impinged on his lunch break. timesofmalta.com/articles…
Helen Keller learned how to talk through the work of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Sullivan taught her by placing one of Anne’s fingers over Sullivan’s throat, one over her mouth, and one on her nose so that she could feel the vibrations of all the different letters and replicate them herself sus.org/1930-rare-footage…
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
According to a 2015-2016 University of Pennsylvania Research Report (updated in 2018), Public School teachers are predominantly female: Elementary 90%; Middle 73%; Secondary 59%; (All 77%). Principals are more evenly divided: Elementary 68%; Middle 46%; Secondary 33% (All 54%). repository.upenn.edu/cgi/…
In Tucson, Arizonan in 1970, a teacher was fired for being a witch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from rural Kenya who donated 80% of his salary to help poorer students, was crowned the world's best teacher of 2019, and was awarded with a 1M prize, beating 10000 other nominees from 179 countries. bbc.com/news/business-476…
Harris-Stowe State College was not named after anyone named Harris Stowe, but was a merger of Harris Teachers College & Stowe Teachers College. Harris was established for white students and Stowe for black students. They merged following the Brown v Board of Education supreme court decision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
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…
If teachers give out cookies with a satisfaction survey at the end of their teaching session, students are more likely to rate the course material higher onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
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…
In Zen Buddhism, Dharma transmission is a custom in which a person is established as a "successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' (kechimyaku) theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dha…
Today I learned about Benjamin Grierson, a music teacher who was kicked by a horse when he was a kid and therefore hated horses. He would become one of the best Union cavalry commanders in the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
In the US state of Illinois, there is a town called "Normal". It was named after the "normal school" (teacher-training institution - which has the goal of instilling cultural norms within students) located there. The town's motto is "Everything Is Just as It Seems!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
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…
In 1876 Vincent Van Gogh spent 3 months working as a teachers assistant at a boarding school in Ramsgate, England teaching Maths and French to 24 boys between the ages of 10 and 14. theoldie.co.uk/blog/van-g…
Today I learned about Ming Sen Shiue, a man who stalked his high school math teacher, Mary Stauffer. He ended up kidnapping her and her daughter in 1980 after obsessing over her for 15 years. He also killed a child who witnessed the abduction. gizmodo.com/the-alarming-…
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…
The Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan is one of the world's largest institutional investors. It owns majority shares in a variety of corporations, mostly real-estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ont…
In California, teachers can get fired for identifying as communist dailybulletin.com/2013/01…
In 1905 Victor Cornelins was transported from the Caribbean island of St Croix, then under Danish colonial rule, to Copenhagen as part of The Human Exhibition in Tivoli. He ended up staying in Denmark, becoming a school teacher and a well-known and respected public speaker and figure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
"Happy Birthday To You" was created by a kindergarten teacher Patty Hill and her sister Mildred in 1912. It is the most recognized song in the English language. By one estimate, the song is the highest-earning single song in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 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 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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
A teacher has kept the "World's Oldest Twinkie" under glass since 1976 youtu.be/A__7Q5PRaJQ

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