Teachers Share The Part Of Their Curriculum The Administration MAKES Them Teach.

Teaching is certainly one of the most noble professions out there. Teachers often work long hours and really strive to teach their students. But all too often, there can be a conflict between what the teachers need to do and what the administration needs to do. 

On Reddit, teachers were asked what part of their teaching duties were made mandatory my the administration that they disagree with. You can find the original thread linked at the end of this article.




Abstinence Only. If you are a teacher at a public school in the US - a school that receives federal funds for anything - and a student asks you a sex question, you cannot legally answer it. (If you have written parental permission to teach it in a class, you can make that happen, but that's not the way you commonly get those questions.) Let me be specific: A 14 year old girl could ask you privately "It's true that you can't get pregnant your first time, right?" or "You can't get pregnant in a hot tub because of the chlorine, right?" or "...if you do it standing up/..if you douche with Pepsi right afterward/...if he pulls out ... right?" And the only way you are legally permitted to respond, is that they shouldn't be having sex. You cannot set them straight, without breaking the law.

Yeah, see you in jail. 

laundryandlowjobs

Pretty much anything related to the state-mandated test.

Chancily

It's not what I'm teaching, it's how I'm teaching. Teaching 30-35 kids all together at once is near impossible, in terms of making sure that each kid actually understands whats going on. I spend so much of my time just dealing with behavioural issues and classroom management that there is very little time left to actually really delve into whether each individual child really understands everything. The kids who are smart enough to teach themselves will do fine, but the rest are obviously going to suffer.

ohbrotherherewego

I teach a college writing course (freshman composition), and every year the administration picks a book that all incoming freshman will read, and then we're supposed to take time out of our course to discuss it. We end up losing 1-2 weeks to it and it's rarely related to what I'm trying to teach.

I get having something like this to have a shared educational experience for the entire class of students, and the author comes in to give a talk and Q&A and stuff, but I think it's just stupid to pick this one course to have to teach it. Add a 1 credit, 4-week course and put it in there and let me just do my stuff.

bl1y

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It happens even on the college level. For example:

An incoming freshman music major was made to take basic Music Theory <101>, even though he could've aced the finals and probably have taught the course - that's how advanced he was at that point.

The administration simply wouldn't let him take an equivalency exam and move ahead to where he belonged. From the dean's point of view, it was imperative not to set a precedent, but to fulfill requirements.

Back2Bac

Standardized tests, having these in effect does NOT teach students how to deal with the subject matter, instead everyone learns how to test well. I was one of those pain in the butt students , no homework, BSing an essay minutes before class, yet I always aced tests and projects, why because I learned the material. The SAT PSATs are the greatest disservice we could do to education.

nocsha

Teaching kids in 1st grade how to do double digit addition the common core way.

The "standard" right now is to teach them to draw multiple ten frames and than to cross out some of those frames to add to other frames to make whole tens.

Kids in my class were pretty much clueless. . .so much trouble on their work for days. . .and than we showed them to draw a line down the middle between the tens and the ones, to add the ones first, if it's above 9 to add carry the 1 to the top of the tens place and add again - they all got it pretty much right away, no more trouble.

egnards

I used to work in a "university academy school", it means that it teach the children how to pass the university test and be a successful university student, so no arts, no religion, no sports or interactive science.

It was annoying sometimes but I was allowed to have an art class (as long as it was free for the administration) for the students who wanted it, so at least they had something and I had fun with them.

But one art day the new principal came with little Bibles for my students and told me to talk about God and tell them some good Catholic words so they can be good people

I asked him why.

He told me that they needed religion in order to be successful.

I asked him why I needed to talk about religion the catholic way. He told me that he knows I'm not catholic but for the sake of my students I need to be catholic because I need to set a good example of how to be a good person.

I was puzzled.

He gave me the box and I entered the classroom visibly annoyed. It was not about me, but my students, they were diverse and there were some non believers, how could I lie to them and tell them than in order to be good persons they need to be part of an specific religion?

I couldn't even believe I was being kindly forced to talk to them about a religion they didn't even practice.

So I write in the board one word "Tolerance".

And since that day they were a lot more than just students in my art class.

I told them the truth, I wanted them to take their own decisions and I wasn't able to teach them otherwise.

If the new principal knew that, he would have personally fired me. But my students were nice and never sold me out.

I miss my students dearly, but that Administration changed a lot of stuff and they don't welcome me anymore unless I talk about God in my resume.

Tinuviel716

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I have mixed feelings on the teaching of phonics, if you don't include the 'names' of the letters alongside the 'sounds', you end up having to speak phonetically all the time. "Go to point buh" instead of "go to point b" for example.

nevervisitsreddi

I'm a preschool teacher and I have three, four, and five year old children in my class. I don't quite feel as if it is a disservice to them, but I (fairly) often get really frustrated with the fact that public schools put such an emphasis on incoming Kindergartners knowing so much academically, but don't care nearly as much about their social and emotional skills. There is so much emphasis on 'Can they write their name?', 'Do they know their ABCs?', and 'Can they count?', which I agree are important things, but when we take the time to work on things like cooperating with others and being a kind human being we get told we aren't teaching them anything. Then when we take time to focus on those academic skills and the kids go to Kindergarten and start throwing fits and starting fights, we're told that we are all just babysitters and don't know how to control and mold children's behavior.

I feel like so many people forget that these children are still young. They're not adults yet and definitely will not be perfect. Heck, I'm 25 and I still don't have my crap together.

justa-puff

TA here, but I still got to see the standards being taught in the class I was working in.

The stupidest thing the teacher and I had to deal with last year was these science lessons. The lessons themselves were actually not that bad. We had five different units, each with their own workbook. One was animal life, one was about the weather, one was about plants, etc.

What was stupid about it was that we had to cover the units in a very specific order, even though each unit had been made independently of the other. As in, Unit 3 didn't require knowledge from units 1 or 2. We could have done them in any order and it would have been fine, but nope. School district said it had to be a specific order.

This was a problem because these books were written by people in Texas (most textbooks come from Texas or California, actually). I live in Michigan.

The order of the textbooks had us covering 'animal life' in January. Several of the assignments in the textbook involved going outside to observe animal life in the wild.

In Michigan.

In JANUARY.

Because we couldn't switch them up and do the other units first ('weather' was the unit right after animal life, and we could have easily done that in the middle of winter), we had to delay all science lessons until April. Then we had to rush to cram in three units of science in the two months left of school. We basically did not have a single social studies lesson that entire time (we were supposed to be alternating between science and social studies every other day, but we did all the social studies in the winter and then all the science in the spring), and then the teacher I work with got marked down on his yearly evaluation for 'not adhering to the district standards'.

All because people in Texas and in my school district forgot that it snows in winter.

I love my job, but the people I work for sometimes make me hate it too.

partofbreakfast

People need to realize that the main reason you're in school (as children) isn't to learn useful skills. It's to exercise your brain while it's still impressionable to make you sharper and more intelligent, and to instill a good study/work ethic to make you productive members of society.

StickitFlipi

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As an English teacher, it's what's not in the curriculum that is the most infuriating. There are 0 lessons for grammar or how to put a sentence together. In fact, on the state writing test, only 2 of the 10 points are for English conventions. I've tried to squeeze in a grammar lesson here and there only to be told they don't want to see that kind of instruction.

punkin152

This isn't really about my curriculum itself, but the university where I teach has mandated that my department institute a proportional grading system (a curve). Their reasoning for this? Too many students are receiving high grades, thus qualifying for study abroad programs with limited enrollment, and we need a way to create more spread. It's a nightmare to implement if you maintain any kind of consistency on a grading rubric, and profits my students none.

JehuLove

In England there has been a massive push on teaching children "British Values"....Democracy. Rule of law. Individual liberty. Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

While I agree that's it's vital children are taught about these subjects I really hate the term "British Values."

I worked in a school where 80% of the children came from non-British families and it just didn't sit right for me. These principles apply in many countries and to me just feels like we are teaching that Britain is morally superior. It feels smug.

A very heavy handed way to tackle extremism in UK schools.

trashcat_

I'm a high school math teacher, and while I generally teach what I'm obligated to, I wish that there was a basic financial literacy class that all students had to take. Things like how to set up a bank account, how loans actually work, how to invest in the stock market (mutual funds), how to budget/save for retirement, etc.

sudokuninj

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Religious education. I don't teach it but it is taught at my school. As an atheist, my issue is that the children are not taught to think about different religions or compare belief systems until they are 15/16. They get "this is exactly what happened" from the age of five and only in late high school do they learn that Catholicism and Judaism are a thing. Islam, Buddhism, atheism, agnosticism etc are not mentioned. Any child who raises questions is usually told to shut up and go to RE class. I've had students ask me if I "really believe this stuff" because they are starting to question the existence of a God but I'm not allowed to discuss atheism with them.

little_beanpol

I was a teacher and worked in different schools before.

One thing that drives me up the wall is actually the English alphabet. Stop using its name!! Use the phonetic! It helps children read the smaller words which they will understand first. Cat, Bin, Cup, Dog, etc...

FlyinBlkFox

They should all plan to go to college after graduation, whether a 2 year or 4 year school. NO. Many, many students don't have the money, the interest, or the work ethic to go on to college right out of HS. They would be better off working, traveling, or joining the military. Or some of them know what they're interested in, but a technical school would serve their needs much better than college, or even serving an apprenticeship. Slowly, these are becoming more "acceptable" options, but I try to stress to my kids that college is NOT the only route in life.

mamacrocke

History teacher. I have to teach that America won WW1 and WW2.

No one won WW1 or WW2. It came to a natural end with the Treaty of Paris and Russia drilling into Germany.

Oh and I have to have a moment of silence on September 11th in my class. I have to teach my students about 9/11. 

But do we take a day to remember Pearl Harbor or D-Day? Nope.

dinosaregylikeme

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As a Kindergarten teacher... I hate the amount of time we spend on academics and not social emotional stuff like, you know, how to be a good and functioning human in society. That gets pushed to the back burner so we have time for hours and hours of academics. Here in Mass. we have kids reading by December and I'm sure most of the rest of the country is the same.

DJwigglesquiggle

My mother teaches in a low income/migrant area. They are having to teach kids who can barely speak English grammatical concepts that are way over the heads of most of the teachers. And the school gets no compensation for it, so they are repeatedly doing badly on their OFSTED inspections and SATs tests.

Basically, kids who need to be taught life skills and basic English are being forced to learn stuff they don't understand just to pass a test.

Vewse

How To Take A Test rather than How To Think Critically/Analytically. This is especially true in TX where the State-mandated test is written incredibly obtusely and poorly. Many questions are highly advanced for the actual grade-level curriculum of the student (think very basic substitution algebra in the 6th grade).

This is true when I was in school as well. I could do calculus on problems where I had done very similar ones before, but when applying concepts to different situations it became much more difficult.

aetherdrake

Source.

Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?

You're not the only one.

u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?

Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.

I Know What I Like

Giphy

My wife and I once argued over whether or not I liked mustard on my hot dog. I was for me liking mustard, she was against me liking mustard.

The argument lasted way longer that you could ever imagine it would.

- AardvarkAndy

A Stair Step

My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.

- RazerWolf04

My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.

- Apples9308

Saturdays

My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.

We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.

- FormalMango

Iraq

I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.

My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.

- dontcryformegiratina

$40

With an ex:

"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."

She did not understand this.

I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.

"Now how much do you have in your hand?"

She still didn't understand.

She somehow has a college degree.

- Speedly

Mini Wheats

When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.

- shicole3

Crayons

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I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.

- CorrectionalChard

That's Unfair

My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.

His answer was that I was being unfair.

- ShyAcorn

Pure Masochism

How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."

To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.

- argofire

Emailing NASA

A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.

- derawin07

A Non-Standard Ruler? 

I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.

Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.

7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.

Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.

Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.

- Lovelocke

This Unusual Vegan Argument

Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.

He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.

That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."

Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.

Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.

- onlytruebertos

Monty Python

In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.

It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.

- Skrivus

Albert or Arnold

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Whether Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger would be more useful to have around during a Zombie apocalypse. How on earth would Albert Einstein come in handy!?

- Gerrard1995

Below Sea Level

I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.


I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.

This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.

- -justforclout-

Tomash

Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.

Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.


An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.

I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.

- TK-DuVeraun

Whales Are Mammals

I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.

- kawaii_psycho451

Microwaves

Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.

- sun_phobic

Shower Schedule

My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.

- LibrarianGovernment

No Balloons For Grandma

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.

He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.

He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

- Dskee02

Spontaneous Dolphin Existence

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How dolphins reproduced. It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence. The argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures.

Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day.

- thebeststory

Male Chickens

I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.

- bee_zah

Lightning McQueen

Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.

- 23071115

But ... Ice Floats

Waiter/Host here.

Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.

Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.

- FarWoods

Time Zones Exist

Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.

- JustARegularToaster

Colorblind

My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.

"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"

"that's orange"

"no, it's red"

"orange"

"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"

It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

- droneb2hive

Andre 2000?

Giphy

I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)


The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.

The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.

It was stupid.

- P1ST0L_Wh1PP3D

Stars Like Our Sun

I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.

fox_boi2

Richard Nixon

I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.


I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.

Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.

grumblecakes1

Balloon to Heaven

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky. He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space.

And he got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

Dskee02

Binder Clips

I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.

He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.

It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.

justantherredditgirl

Jewish

Once got accused of faking being Jewish. Why? I have no clue. We argued over the course of a month, any time I'd bring it up and she heard about it, she'd begin going after me for "faking it".

My mother's side is ethnically Jewish. Grandparents were practicing.

Aslkurloz

Nutella

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3 friends and I once got into an argument about how to pronounce Nutella. It lasted for about 3-4 months. It was hilarious how serious we took it, it'd get heated but never for real serious.

I think someone even called the company that made it to check, or that may have been for the Cheetos company. We were really bored in high school.

vault_tec_redditor

Lingerie Boxes

Late to the party, but there it is.

I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.

Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.

Meh75

Wicked Witch of the West

I almost got into an argument with an old girlfriend over Glinda the good witch from Oz. She insisted that Glinda was manipulating Dorothy to assassinate the Wicked Witch of the West and convince the Wizard to leave to create a political void she could fill.

I conceded the issue when I heard the whole premise because I thought it was too damn stupid to get worked up over.

weirdatwork2017

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Just the other day I legit got in an argument with my co-workers on why I don't like my butt being grabbed by anyone (I'm a guy). Seriously.

They went on about "I don't mind it. Mike and I do it all the time and we don't care." Yeah, that's nice dude, but I'm not you, and there's something called "Keep your hands to yourself" (which was taught to a good portion of us growing up). Just like how Karen wouldn't like it if I touched her boobs or her grabbing your crotch or frankly ANY area you wouldn't like being grabbed, keep away. In general, you should not be touching me in any areas after I've told you not to several times before.

So unless you're sleeping me or dating me, keep your damn hands off my toosh.

Frisby2007

Telekinesis

My best friend and I argued over whether or not telekinesis was possible. Her argument was that humans don't yet know what the human brain at 100% usage was capable of, and that telekinesis was inside the possibilities.

I said the brain does use 100%, just at different times.

We didn't speak to each other for four days.

dude_bizarro

Ghosts

How dolphins reproduced and whether or not ghost existed (back to back with the same person). It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence (the argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures).


How it shifted to the existence of ghosts is a solid and reasonable question to ask (I don't remember why). I had to then proceed to tell her that ghost hunting TV shows do not constitute as undeniable evidence.

Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day. This was in high school SO... hopefully she was kidding.

thebeststory

Dogs and Chocolate

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I told this stupid woman that chocolate is toxic to dogs. She went on to tell me how a little bit will just make them hyper and then they will calm down. I told her to google it. Her and her bf shut right up. Now they have a kid. Good luck, Jeremy and Andrea. morons.

I should also add that this argument started because Jeremy was giving his tiny dog chocolate and I told him it was toxic.

KlutzyHedgehog

Is water wet?

My roommate and I have a recurring argument over whether or not water is wet l, and whether or not a person is considered wet underwater.

For the record, it is no to both questions.

SFCopperhead

Mission Trip

A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.

He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.

SirRogers

Dragon Tales

One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.

It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.

MistalQueensglaive

Green Or Yellow?

When I was about 15 or so my mother and I spent about 20-30 minutes arguing about the color of a shirt. We agreed it was blue/green, but to me it was just a shade more blue, while to her it was just a bit more green.

Turns out, your eyeballs yellow as you age and hers were 24 years yellower than mine, so I think that skewed her color vision.

BugsRatty

Stars In Their Multitude

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I once got in an argument over whether or not a line from the song "Stars" in Les Mis says "...but mine is the way of the lord" or "mine is the way of the law".

I didn't even really care what he thought but he was so adamant and cocky that it got me heated. By the end of it we were shouting at each other and I had to apologize, which I think is what he wanted the whole time.

theedjman

Colorblind

My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.

"Hey could you hand me that red _____?" "that's orange" "no, it's red" "orange" "YOU CANT EVEN KNOW".

It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

droneb2hive

Hot Water

About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.

She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.

We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.

moniker5000

Biology Class

I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"

I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.

I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...

10d4plus8

Solid Or Liquid?

Some classmates and I got into a heated debate as to whether or not the human body could count as a soup, salad, or sandwich. The teacher got mad at us, but hey! All we were doing was watching a movie.

For the record, my logic lays with soup- Liquid contained within a solid, at a hot temperature.

ScreamingPotoo