Gerry Dee - Teaching History

Season 2, Ep 0205 05/31/2007 Views: 30,578

Read Chapters 1 through 3, and then stop. Don't come in asking questions. (2:25)

Which is a big word for gym,

if you're not sure what I'mtalking about.

And then I was a schoolteacher.

My first job, I couldn't geta job teaching phys ed,

so I lied, which backfired.

They made me teach 12th gradehistory, which was impossible.

I didn't even take12th grade history

when I was in high school.

So I had to go home every nightand read the chapters myself,

first, to learn everything.

Then I'd come in and teach it.

I'd even assign the homework,like this.

All right, tonight for homework,

I'd like you to read chaptersone to three, okay?

And then stop reading,all right?

Don't go reading ahead, comingin asking questions tomorrow.

Stuff I haven't learned yet.

'Cause that's whatthe smart kids would do.

This kid, Duncan, every day,

"Sir, what happenedto the Mayan civilization?"

"What chapter areyou on, Duncan?"


"What, are you a loser? You readthe whole book already?"

We can't say that.

So I had to lie--that's what teachers do.

Not a teacher in the world

admits they don't knowthe answer.

We turn it back on the kidswhen we don't know.

Oh, is that right, Duncan?

You think I'm just goingto spoon-feed you

the answers all year?

No, that's not how I teach.

So, thanks to Duncan,

I would like everybodyto go home tonight

and look up what happened

or whatever he's mumblingabout at the back.

I'd even have...

I'd even have Duncan come upand write the question

on the board in big letters.

Because I needed to seehow he spelled Mayan,

so I could Googleit later myself.

Thank God for Google

when you can't spell.

"Did you mean this word, idiot?"Yes.

Then I had to come in the nextday and take up the homework.

I still don't know whathappened to the Mayans.

All the dumb kids wantto answer.

I couldn't ask the dumb kids.

I don't know if their answeris right or wrong.

What am I going to say?

So I would ask the smartest kid,"Lorraine, you want to tell us

what happened tothe Mayan civilization?"

Then whatever she'd say,I'd vote.

"How many people agreewith that answer?"