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cgod  ·  964 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Confessions of an American Pumpkin Eater

It's and ethos that lends itself to sadistic personalities.

I had a few of these teachers in grade school, they transformed me from an extrovert to an introvert by trying to hammer me into place.

In hindsight their behavior towards me was disturbing

rob05c  ·  963 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, I had one particularly bad teacher like that. I was a quiet and generally good kid. She was typically assigned "bad" kids, because of her reputation as "tough". So, she decided I was a bad kid, with no evidence, and was simply mean to me. All year.

Being a small town, my mom runs into her every now and then. To this day, she's convinced I was a "bad kid" and she "straightened me out". From what my mom reports, she feels that I am where I am today in large part due to her influence.

I am where I am in spite of people like her, not because of them. The only thing she taught me, was how to deal with mean people in positions of abusive power.