The ultimate rebuttal to: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

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on Aug 3, 2011
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Part II: in defense of teachers. Here’s an almost-as-awesome part I.

Lawyers: don’t watch this.

With thanks for the heads up to Reddit.



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13 Responses to “The ultimate rebuttal to: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.””

  1. Taylor Mali is wonderful. As many times as I've seen that – it never gets old. I always get a little choked up and want to hug all the teachers I know.

  2. jenngator222 says:

    My hubby just got a job as a teacher – and I am showing this to him to get him even more inspired!

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  7. mary says:

    thank you. I've been teaching for 15 and am also a yoga teacher. we need to give school teachers the same respect we give yoga teachers. More, honestly. It is a brutal, impossible job and the most important one to heal America, imho.

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  9. Indira says:

    This is inspiring and yes there are teachers who are capable of great things. I always believe that teaching is a vocation. But the unfortunate reality is, that not all teachers aspire to this. To some it is just another job they fell into because they could not accomplish their life's dream. These are the ones that are cruel and have the potential to be very destructive. I have had the good fortune to meet good teachers, but I also had the misfortune of meeting some very evil ones. I went to an all girls catholic school in the late 70's early 80's and have first-hand knowledge of how wicked teachers can be. So you will have a real difficult time in convincing me that all teachers are beyond reproach. I am now watching my daughter who is a brilliant, kind, and happy child, lose all interest in school. She tells me, mom why should I bother to work harder. Nothing I do is going to make a difference, my teacher will continue to treat me unfairly. Please note that her grades in classes where she does not have this teacher still is 90% – t100%. I have to defend teachers to her and convince her that it is not always going to be like this.

  10. ohmygosh says:

    The teacher I know is a fool and should not be teaching. she is one bad egg. I have met some wise teachers in my life. but this one WOW how is it possible a fool like this can get in ? central FL

  11. Gar says:

    It is called pushing your personal lliberal agenda. It is called cramming communism, abortion, gay marriage etc. down the throats of our children. In the end, you are all about using the bully pulpit to "change", i.e. corrupt society. The only problem for you, is that today's students are any many cases smarter than their teachers and are able to see through the obvious attempt to corrupt their minds.

  12. Realist says:

    So when do we get to see the ultimate rebuttal?

  13. sad says:

    Awful. Who would be proud and smug about not allowing a student to use the bathroom and shaming them for it? I saw so many kids pee themselves in early grade school because of people like this.