Earlier this week I bragged to Stephers that, having been at this since 2006, I’ve seen many bloggers burn out. But I keep going. It seems easy to sit down and write. I very promptly ran out of ideas. Karma is real.
The above video features one of my favorite comedians (I have many), Norm MacDonald, telling us that despite pompous pronouncement, teaching is not the hardest job in the world. It is the easiest. To teach a second grader, you only need have a third grade education.
Of course he is oversimplifying, as it is comedy. However, I endured 16 years of teachers, and remember but a few, and do not imagine any but a very small select group of perhaps three were people of any notable intelligence. Of course, I did not think that at the time, as I was a student and they had me in captivity and I had to listen and learn stuff. But in retrospect, I didn’t learn much of importance. I did have to learn accounting to make a living, and that was useful.
In other videos (I listen to comedians daily – it helps me get through life) I’ve heard Bill Burr take on the same subject, about how mothers and teachers have the hardest jobs. He wonders how their jobs compare to being washed off a boat in Deadliest Catch or having to put out oil well fires in Iraq. I think that such praise in general goes along with other pandering attitudes, as “woman are smarter than men” (applause and whoops), not true, not false. Just nonsense. Men want to sleep with women, so saying stuff like that is required, but I don’t imagine to many of us believe it for real. I’ve known some very smart men and women, of course, and tip my hat. But as a general rule, people are as smart as they have to be to survive, and in that sense, teaching people who are by definition dumber than you cannot be terribly difficult.
With summers off, of course.
Look around … how many have figured out that the pandemic is not real?
I’m gonna pay for this post, I know.