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Coping with Difficult Teachers

Can you imagine walking up in a school library to check this book out?  Once again, I doubt if kids (or anyone for that matter) thinks “my teacher is pissing me off.  I should check the library for a book that addresses this situation”.   However, this book actually does have some decent scenarios and strategies for dealing with a difficult teacher.  I am just doubtful that a 130 plus page book is going to find its way into the hands of your average teenager.  It reminds me of books about dropping out of school.  (Read about that here and here.)

Coping with bad teen nonfiction,




  1. I wouldn’t have been ballsy enough to check it out, but I probably would have read it! I had a couple of real winners, and just writing this comment made me think of some godawful things I had managed to repress for 18+ years.

  2. Not a bad idea for a resource, but not likely to be found unless advertized. I love that art, especially the geography professor with the globe-bomb!

  3. This book is unlikely to find its way into the hands of teenagers simply because it looks so outdated. 1988 means I could have read it when I was a kid.

    And I’m automatically wary of books about how to cope with the establishment that very much appear to have been written by the establishment. It’s bound to be written more from an adult’s point of view of fairness than a teen’s. That’s like the meetings on how to get along with management that companies force employees to attend. They are weighted to the management’s point of view, so much as to be nearly useless. A by-teens-for-teens version of this with some input from educators would be read more often.

  4. Came along a little too late to be of use to me, but I’d be interested to see just what it proposes. Let’s just say I had several teachers who would fall into the ‘difficult’ category: they included a Latin teacher who flatly refused to teach Latin (“You idiots don’t know bloody English, so why should I teach you any bloody Latin?”); a history teacher whose lessons routinely veered off into talking about penises; and a music teacher who tried to control pupils by threatening them with a hammer.

    Yeah, it was an interesting school (and no, I’m not making a word of that up…)

  5. Is that a pipe in the one teacher’s mouth?

    I too like the illustration, but I don’t think this would make it’s way into a school library, ever.


  6. My peers and I dealt with an awful teacher by calling her “fatdog” behind her back. Also, after complaining a lot at home, my dad called a meeting with fatdog and the principal. This didn’t help my class, but the next year fatdog was relegated to teaching the [wonderful and lovely] students that needed the remedial version of her subject.

    And, no, I never thought the library might have a book about the problem.

  7. I’m not sure if you could have a pipe in the classroom as of 1988, actually. Unless it was left empty.

  8. “However, this book actually does have some decent scenarios and strategies for dealing with a difficult teacher.”

    Then why remove the information?

  9. The reasons for removing it were given earlier…Plus, I can’t help wondering what would be different in a book like that written today as opposed to this one. I was in about 2nd grade then and there were decidedly changes by the time I hit high school.

  10. Readzer, for one thing, education law has changed quite a bit since 1988. If the problem is, for example, that one is being bullied and teachers are not doing anything about it, today’s advice would be much more likely to include the possibility of legal action as a last resort. And IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Act) has created a much greater expectation that teachers will accommodate learning differences in the mainstream classroom. And on top of that, of course, there is the fact that no 2011 teenager is going to pick this up.

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