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School Illustrations

  • Back To School Notes

    back to_school_copyA wise school teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school:

    "If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home."

  • Cakes and Ale and Legalism

    writingHere is a purported-to-be-true story someone found regarding exams at Cambridge University. It seems that during an examination one day, a bright young student popped up and asked the proctor to bring him cakes and ale. The following dialog ensued:

    Proctor: I beg your pardon?

    Student: Sir, I request that you bring me cakes and ale.

  • Comfort

    sandwichesWhen the power failed at the elementary school, the cook couldn't serve a hot meal in the cafeteria, so at the last minute she whipped up great stacks of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

    As one little boy filled his plate, he said, "It's about time. At last - a home-cooked meal!"

  • Conclusions and Impressions

    crayonsLittle Johnny had been bringing his drawings home from kindergarten every day since he started a month ago. Each day his mother admired the pictures and hung them on the refrigerator. One thing started bothering her. Little Johnny only used black and browns for his drawings. Fearing a problem and not wanting it to get worse, she decided to take him to a child psychologist.

  • Courage

    testA student of philosophy was taking his final written exam at his university. The assignment for the 5-hour long exam was to write an essay on the topic, "What is courage?"

    The young man sat at his desk and thought for a little while. Finally, he scribbled something on the piece of paper in front of him, got up, and turned in the piece of paper.

    All he had written was: "This is."

  • Education and Training

    credit cardI'd been working on my business degree for about a year when I finally got to take a popular finance course. I went to the bookstore to buy the textbook and was shocked to find out it would cost me $125. I asked how much it was worth if I sold it back at the end of the semester.

    "You'll get $50," said the clerk.

  • Grace

    students1This actually happened in a youth ministry class at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Missouri.

    I left work early so I could have some uninterrupted study time right before the final in my Youth Issues class.

    When I got to class, everybody was doing their last minute studying. The teacher came in and said he would review with us for just a little bit before the test. We went through the review, most of it right on the study guide, but there were some things he was reviewing that I had never heard of. When questioned about it, he said that they were in the book and we were responsible for everything in the book. We couldn't really argue with that.

    Finally it was time to take the test.

  • Homework Policy

    school houseHere is an explanation of the school homework policy:

    Students should not spend more than 90 minutes per night. This time should be budgeted in the following manner:

    • 15 minutes looking for assignment.
    • 11 minutes calling a friend for the assignment.
    • 23 minutes explaining why the teacher is mean and just does not like children.
    • 8 minutes in the bathroom.
    • 10 minutes getting a snack.
    • 7 minutes checking the TV Guide.
    • 6 minutes telling parents that the teacher never explained the assignment.
    • 10 minutes sitting at the kitchen table waiting for Mom or Dad to do the assignment.
  • Johnny's F

    school houseLittle Johnny stared at his test paper.

    The big read "F" stared back at him.

    Freddie looked at his glum friend and asked, "Why did you get such a low grade on that test?"

    "Because of an absence," Johnny answered.

    "You mean you were absent on the day of the test?" he questioned.

    Little Johnny replied, "No, but the kid who sits next to me was."

  • Mandatory Attendance

    university profIt used to be that in order for a college student to receive credit for a particular course, a card that listed his or her courses had to be signed by the instructor/lecturer. It was, at the time, policy that students attend their courses. But depending on the size of the class, it was often possible to receive credit, even after not attending the class regularly.

    Not so with this physics professor. If he didn't recognize you, you would have to repeat the course. On one occasion, a student handed his card to the professor to be signed. The professor looked at the name, then at the student, and said, "I've never seen you in my class," and handed back the card.

  • Philosophy

    glass waterA friend of mine was a philosophy major during his first semester in college. One day in class, they spent a great deal of time debating whether the glass was half full or half empty.

    After the class, my friend was feeling pretty good about himself and what he was learning at university, so when he went home, he tried to continue the discussion with his family.

    With maximum drama, he took a 12-ounce glass from the cupboard and poured in 6 ounces of water. Then took it into the dining room and placed it in the middle of the table.

    He proudly asked his family, "Can anyone tell me whether this glass is half full or half empty?"

    Without missing a beat, his grandmother replied, "Depends if you're drinking or pouring."

  • Prayer In School

    university buildingBeing interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said: "Let me see if I've got this right.

    You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. And I'm supposed to instil a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.

    You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self-esteem.

  • Studying

    student1There was a kid taking a Statistics Class in college (STT101). He finished his exam in half the time allotted, and the rest of the time he sat and flipped a coin.

    The teacher asked what he was doing and he said,

    "I'm checking my answers."

  • Teacher's Gifts

    teacher appleOn a special teacher's day, a kindergarten teacher was receiving gifts from her pupils. The florist's son handed her a gift. She shook it, held it over her head, and said, "I bet I know what it is - flowers!"

    "That's right!" said the boy, "but how did you know?"

    "Just a wild guess," she said.

    The next pupil was the candy store owner's daughter. The teacher held her gift overhead, shook it, and said, "I bet I can guess what it is - a box of candy!"

  • The Holy Alphabet

    alphabet2Although things are not perfect

    Because of trial or pain

    Continue in thanksgiving

    Do not begin to blame.

    Even when the times are hard

  • Trust

    classAs a new school Principal, Mr. Mitchell was checking over his school on the first day. Passing the stockroom, he was startled to see the door wide open and teachers bustling in and out, carrying off books and supplies in preparation for the arrival of students the next day.

    The school where he had been a Principal the previous year had used a check-out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox.

    Cautiously, he asked the school's long time Custodian, "Do you think it's wise to keep the stock room unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?"

    The Custodian looked at him gravely. "We trust them with the children, don't we?"