>First day of my Classics (Antiquity) class
>Teacher shows a video of John Green
Should I drop it now?
>Classics (Antiquity) class
That seems oddly specific for a high school history class.
If it's college then maybe she is just trying to peek the interest of normies such that they might watch his videos on their own time and learn something because they want to. If your professor plans on showing a lot more of his videos than you might have a problem.
Remember that you`re not paying to watch internet videos. Also, can we turn this into a bad history teacher thread? Here is my story
>be me, last year at school
>study in a shitty brazilian school in Japan, the school has a reputation of hiring very bad teachers who most of the time didn`t even go to college
>current teacher is a communist who believed that Africa was perfect before 19th century imperialism, he used to question the student`s faith and got fired because of it
>new teacher is a woman, in her early 40s she comes to school wearing something like a poncho, she is always smiling
>her first class she just introduces herself, says she studied on Brazilia, capital of Brazil
>her second class we`re talking about the first world war, here is what she tells the class
>''Guys, the first world war was a conflict between the most powerful countries of europe, the Allies: Berlin, Paris and United Kingdom and the Central Powers: Italy, Vienna and Constantinople''
>my classmates don`t have any interest in history, I`m probably the only one who enjoys it and I just finished listening to Dan Carlin Blueprint for Armaggedom, and after learning about the terrible stories of war I feel almost offended for those veterans
>I correct her, she looks stunned at me, almost as if I discovered her secret, that she doesn`t know jack shit
>she says that i`m right and continues
>the war begun at 1924
>I look at her with a puzzled look on my face she notices and asks if she said something wrong again
>I correct her again
>for the rest of the bimester she would ask everything to me, she didn`t know shit. I felt bad for her, seriously, I didn`t want to be in that position, everytime she would ask me something she was mistaken and it was embarassing to say so in front of my classmates
>she said she had a young son and her husband wasn`t coming home very often, she was very naime, I only imagine that she was being cuck`d hard
>I wonder where she is today.
You reminded me of something, a while back in an undergraduate class.
>Doing "security studies" poli-sci, not real history, but with a lot of focus on how states historically prepared for and actually entered into armed struggle with each other, so there was a lot of history in it.
>On each class, one of us was supposed to do extra reading and open the discussion.
>One of my days fell on April 1st, so I decided to make a bit of a joke of it.
>WW1 was the focus, and the reading was primarily about the arms race and naval buildups.
>Instead, I start talking about the trench wars, and how the various states involved kept their men fighting even as they died by the tens of thousands for marginal gains.
>Liberally sprinkle my presentation with nonsense, it wasn't the only obviously wrong fact, but I claimed that the British managed to keep morale high throughout the Somme offensive by liberally doping up all their soldiers with combat drugs, the most famous of which was "UltraBong".
>Teacher just keeps smiling, nodding, and while he never elaborated on it, just kept encouraging the class to listen to and direct questions to me, not to him.
I'm still not entirely sure if he was just getting a bit senile and wasn't paying attention, or if he thought it was funny and let me keep going. Got full marks for the presentation that day though.
just because someone has a formal degree doesnt mean they are either (1) smart or (2) qualified to teach (not in the legal sense). important to to stress that these are two seperate qualities. sometimes you can possess one but not the other.
I didn`t really have a choice anon. I`m brazilian and came to Japan when I was a kid, we live in the province of Shizuoka close to the city of Hamamatsu, there is no british or american schools here... and my parents didn`t want to put me in a Japanese school because they thought I would be bullied to the point of suicide because of my nationality, which is frequent with brazilians students in japanese schools
Dude, you fucked up. Clearly, this was a test to see what the class was like.
I'm assuming you all just went with it, in order to submit to her authority.
What you should have done is declare that after death, all that is left of a person is what
others remember, and even if you despise Plato, you should still respect his existence.
Furthermore, her masturbating is her gaining pleasure from the activities of her students,
despite her being there to help the students, leaving her morally and ethically unfit for her job.
I grantee you would have gotten an automatic A for the semester if you had just done that.
I've never had a shitty history teacher. I can't even imagine how a teacher would come to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to have John "ALEXANDER WAS A MISOGYNIST" Greene as part of their lessons. The only thing that even comes close in recent memory is that we watched an episode of HBO's Rome in one of my classes, but that was just for fun.
I'm going to ask my school's head of the history department if any of his colleagues have ever used a crash course video.
You are making that fallacy of noticing things only when they suit your theory.
Think of how many male teachers you've had, and how many of them were total shit. If you say 10% female teachers are good, the probability still holds for males.
My best teacher was also a woman. She was a Portuguese Communist raised catholic in a village, and how she had an understanding of history. She was incisive, she always let debate happen unless it meant disrespect, she could always find something wrong in an answer and it was rare that anyone ever got all the points in a question, and the thing is, she was right in doing it.
When it was time to correct the homework, it would be like this:
>Who wants to tell their answer to the homework?
>Brainless nerd starts reading out answer
>Don't read it out, answer the question
And that's how she taught real history. Just knowing loose facts got you absolutely nowhere. Great woman. I remember also having a great discussion about the etymology of curse words in class with her.
She, a real badass of an old lady (62 or something), fought out some teenage girls who wanted to steal her wallet with an umbrella once. Man, what a human being.
I'm a Portuguese guy who studied at a German language school. My worst teachers were German males. Just the laziest you can get. One taught Biology, the other IT. They never did anything, just some jerks who stayed there feeling important, the IT guy always checking out how the waves were at the beach on the internet. Bunch of jerks, those two.
>actually defending John Green
As a way to give someone a brief view of history if you STRESS that he is insanely biased, it's alright. Other than that, he has no place in an academic context.
And fuck PBS for legitimizing him.
>1) Crash Course is awesome
Gotta be 18 to post, my boy.
It is in the Unites States, people are required to take about 7 or 8 classes (About .75 to 1yr of schooling) of 'general education' that has a degree of lenience. The classes have to be chosen from certain sections and there's usually a couple different classes per section.
Many people just choose these classes based on how well it fits into the rest of their schedule so many people are not actively interested in the class because they feel like it's something they have to do.
>My World History II (Honors) professor did the same thing
>was getting worried
>then told us to examine his biases
>said class would focus on examining the agendas of historical interpretations
Felt pretty good, tbhl.
Pic related; Prof explained to us that the Europeans weren't as bad as we had been taught.
Instead of starting a new thread, I'm just going to ask this here since this is sort of a college/university thread.
Is a Religious Studies major worth pursuing? I'm interested in studying religion, and I'm not afraid of spending my life in academia making a low income. It's just hearing "religious studies" brings to mind silly majors like Gender Studies, and I don't want to invest time and money into a silly and disrespected degree.
I have a bad teacher story.
This was in Germany a few years ago.
>sit in classroom
>teacher walks in
>older professor usually happy but today he's got a stern look on his face
>start talking of ww1
>we pick up from last time but now he changes the story
>he actively promotes the idea that Germany was attacked by the french and russians
>oh ok, whatever sometimes you run into bullshit i guess
here comes the best part
>at the end of it he says the bolshevik jews backstabbed the german military and negotiated a peace with the allies against the protests of the people
>what the fuck not this this thing again
>i raise my hand and ask why our textbook says germany accepted defeat because it was blockaded from all import and that the country was essentially being starved to death by the british and italian marines
>the professor is dumbfounded
>it takes like 30 seconds for him to say "Yes, that too."
>never see him again
>next day we get a new teacher
People can have fucked up political and religioıus beliefs but still can be good scientists,historians or good people.
Regardless, discarding a post because you stopped reading when you read "le communist" is just American edgyness and cold war effect.
You can disagree, talk, debate with a communist teacher without hanging him or burning him at the stakes. I'm a far right myself this American fear and dominization is bothering me. Not only that you almost always have to say to everyone how you stopped reading because x/y/z was a commie/leftist as if you did something awesome. Literally SJW tier.
Thats just my opinion though.
>second class of sociology
>professor shows this video
>tfw American who went to Britain for univerisity
>all the lecturers/professors are very fair, and some are openly conservative
>even the female one that does the gender studies/social history module/class is fair and open-minded to non-marxist historian viewpoints
>it's a university in London with (I'd say) a 50% muslim student body
I don't know if I just got lucky or if everyone else is whiny.
It might be year related, which was the case with me.
>Year 1: Pre-History and Antiquity
>Year 2: Late Antiquity, post-Roman Europe
>Year 3: Medieval Ages and Renaissance
>Year 4: Colonial times and French Revolution
>Year 5: Napoleon, Industrial Revolution and World War 1
>Year 6: World War 2, post-1880 colonialism, Cold War and European Union
Something like that, we had some overlap and each year we spent some time repeating what we'd seen the year before.
I remember having a world history course and an American history course. I certainly studied ancient history at one point or another, but I don't believe we had to take a history course every year and as far as I know it wasn't all part of one grand history course regiment going from the ancient to the modern. It's hard to remember though.
Did you have electives at your school like agricultural sciences or internal combustion engines?
The worst teacher I've ever had was a female history teacher in high school. Disgustingly biased, arrogant and condescending towards pupils whose own personal opinions differed from hers.
But then again, she wore a Che Guevara t-shirt to class.
>I don't know if I just got lucky or if everyone else is whiny
A bit of both. Also, for some reason the US education system attracts people who always have some kind of agenda. We are incapable of separating education from politics.
>history teacher says 'n stuff at the end of every sentence
>talks about NY Times font sizes and formatting on 9/11 for 48 minutes. FORTY EIGHT. I counted. Guess what guys they were the biggest the times had ever used. That alone really shows us how much 9/11 changed the course of history.
>Abbreviates all important nouns in lectures to three letters. Every section of the class had a different set we needed to memorize.
>Just projected prewritten notes on the whiteboard and was basically asleep at the wheel.
>dropped and wrote a letter to the dean
It's biggest problem is its format. They don't have time to give any detail and just gloss over lots of stuff.
Revisionism isn't bad, but Green only has time to go "You probably think X, but in fact Y. No time for supporting evidence, the infographic's almost done"
>First history discussion of college career
>TA shows a John Green video
>guys look, Mongols lolololololol
>all historians that dont agree with me have Eurocentric ideologies. But look Mongols lolololololol
>war is bad guys, its totally IRRELEVANT, also look Mongols lolololololol