Le List de la Pummel
The most irritated students are the laziest and most incomprehensibly stupid. They cannot do the simplest assignments, because they have the brain capacity of a gerbil who has been oxygen deprived after a 2 week stay at the Maison de la Gere. These students must be punished.
I will admit it: Some days, Candy longs for the chance to take out her frustrations by pummeling ten or so people. I want them to line up as I call out their wretched names, accept their fate, and just make it easy for me. My friend Michelle has 2 German Shepherds, Dublin and Grania. A couple of times a week, she brushes their teeth, with an actual toothbrush and beef flavored toothpaste. The dogs understand that this must be done. And they have come to accept this routine so well that when Michelle brushes Dublin's teeth, Grania sits directly behind him, waiting her turn. The dogs have no idea why they are submitting to this treatment, only that it is their destiny.
And so it would be with The Ten. I told some co-workers today of my desire to have a public throttling. I had mentally chosen my whiniest, wussiest, surliest, most intensely annoying students, past and present, for the special list. This started a flurry of activity amongst my colleagues. They started describing their own students who must be added to the list. The many voices shouting out at once brought a tear to Candy's eye. Being the charitable type I am, I agreed to lengthen the list, to include their despicable underlings in the thrash-fest. We added all those students who have ever sat in our classes wearing their obnoxious little "ear buds"; all who have answered their cell phones; all who have sent a text message during class; all who have come to class late, then gone to sleep and even snored in class; all who have yammered the sentence "Dude, I got so wasted last night."; all football players who have full scholarships but are too frontal lobe impaired to successfully open a bottle of Aquafina; all students who whine about the grade on the paper they half-assed, and chase us down after class to ask just what it is we have against them. The call for an organized bludgeoning was heard far and wide. Torches were lit, pitchforks were wielded. We wait at the ready.
We can make room for a few more deck chairs on the Ship of Doom.
Who can we add to the list for you?