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February 19, 2004
The sorrows of young Cecile's teacher

I was quite right about how being Cecile Dubois' teacher has its ups and downs, and that most of them are downs. Now the poor woman can't make a move or say a word without being all over the blogosphere. Here's how Cecile's latest starts:

After noticing my apparent boredom this morning, my English bitterly teacher said, "And sorry Cecile if I'm subtracting from your learning - because the more work - the more it totals up to my mental breakdown!" And I didn't even acknowledge that one coming. I just nodded smugly to myself, as if she just threw a bag of dog poop past me and I hadn't noticed. Since my mom's NRO piece has been posted, I have had a layer of dignity.

That's the key to all this. A "layer of dignity". Nothing like writing up your entire decision to Take No Further Action about your daughter's difficulties at school on a mega-mega-website with a zillion-per-hour readership.

Meanwhile, Miss Teacher is having whatever layers of dignity she may once have had stripped away from her.

And then, my teacher shockingly showed us all her new ring her boyfriend of three months had given her. The irony is she spends half the time gushing over a Serbian baseball player rather than her boyfriend. …

Yes, I'm starting to feel extremely sorry for this woman. I realise that she's probably her own worst enemy, but Cecile runs her a close second. What the old USSR used to call the "correlation of forces" has definitely tilted in that relationship.

There follow more Cecile recollections about other mad teachers of various kinds. But what if it was Cecile who drove them mad? Final paragraph:

In eighth grade, I had a mad science teacher the first semester who, in her other classes, would elaborate on her love life. When she left, the administration curbed our grades generously. And now I have an English teacher constantly on the verge of a mental breakdown. And this is private school.

Yes it is. And what great places these things schools are for sharpening the teeth of promising comic writers. Which reminds me that we have photographs of Cecile's beautiful smile when she was here in London just before Christmas, but we'll leave them for some other time.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 12:35 AM
Category: The reality of teaching

I am wondering whether Cecile's teacher actually knows that Cecile has been reporting what has been going on to tens of thousands of largely sympathetic people. That would certainly help me have my nervous breakdown faster.

Comment by: Michael Jennings on February 19, 2004 11:33 AM

Well, seems like the teacher is handing away her own dignity on a big silver platter if she shares her love-life with her entire class, rather than Cecile having to strip it away for her...

Comment by: Alice Bachini on February 19, 2004 12:42 PM

Well, yes. I think Brian's comment about her being her own worst enemy, but with Cecile coming close behind, is just about right.

Comment by: Michael Jennings on February 19, 2004 06:03 PM

This Cecile person is clearly the modern equivalent of having the headmaster's son in your class, or the boss' son on your shift at the factory.

Pure poison, in other words, and precious little room for escape.

It doesn't matter how good or bad that teacher is, there is no hope. She needs to get out fast, and hand on the poisoned chalice to some ignorant unfortunate.

Comment by: Andrew Duffin on February 20, 2004 04:22 PM

Uh, no, the teacher has no idea. One thing I don't allow on Cecile's blog is her real name or the names of her teachers or school. Because that would be unfair and an invasion of privacy.

Comment by: Cathy Seipp on February 21, 2004 11:00 PM

Alice Bachini's "silver platter" comment made me laugh so hard. Hmmm...you may be on to something. With my blog, I am armed heavily. Now, I'm going to see if my teacher blogged yet...

Comment by: Cecile Person on February 22, 2004 01:58 AM

hey alice!--someone has to have dignity in the first damn place in order to have someone else to "strip" it away!

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