The six teachers you hated

The six teachers you hated BLOG Tuesday 22nd June 2021


The six teachers you hated

EVERYONE still remembers that one teacher that, even 30 years (and 60 years, I can vouch for that) later, they hate with a passion entirely undimmed. Which of these was yours?

Mr Robinson

Who knows what Mr Robinson’s great sporting failure was? Let go by Liverpool after trials? Failed at athletics? But whatever it was, he vowed to take it out on every single kid in every single PE lesson. Whether rugby on frozen mud or screaming at a terrified seven-year-old to shin up a nine-foot rope, his bitterness never faded.

Miss Sharratt

She didn’t need any past trauma to despise you. Instead she taught maths, presumably had passed a maths A-level at some point, and could not believe a class of bored 13-year-olds were so slow to grasp what was obvious to her. Occasionally her frustration would boil over into vindictive anger, but only twice per lesson.

Mr Johnson

The design and technology teacher knew you were only in his class to selfishly injure yourself while making an ashtray, and he’d get the blame. So he spent 40 per cent of every lesson issuing dire warnings via anecdotes so bloody and lurid you’re still afraid to look at a drill.

Mr Condon

Hadn’t originally been that bad a guy, but his name sounds like condom. He knew it, you knew it, he got his vicious, unforgettable retaliation about your acne in first.

Miss Blackburn

Drama lessons are meant to be a doss, but Miss Blackburn had issues to work through. She’d decided that 14-year-olds who didn’t want to be there would be the vessel to fulfil her frustrated theatrical ambitions, and mounted a production of Night of the Iguana. You still feel the guilt of its total failure being entirely blamed on you.

Mr Shirley

Just a complete and total bastard and sadist, who as a child was taught by a b******d sadist and realised this was the career for him. Really loved his job, especially mentally torturing the kids. Would be touched that you still hate him. It’s what he got into teaching for.

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The 80s was a momentous decade for the film industry. Stars including Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Julia Roberts were just starting out; Steven Spielberg was coming into his prime; and a shift in American culture led to a new sense of power and optimism. Studios had to break from remaking classics and take risks to appeal to the new generation, which resulted in some unforgettable masterpieces. These are the 10 best films of the 80s…

  1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The second instalment of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy was the highest-grossing film of the year and arguably the best film from the franchise. Director George Lucas had doubted the success of his space opera when he released the 1977 original, but the 1980 sequel was made with confidence. This was a one-of-a-kind sci-fi film series.

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Imagine a world where Indiana Jones didn’t exist. Until 1981, the famous fictional explorer was only a twinkle in Kaufman and Lucas’ With the relatively unknown (until this point) actor Harrison Ford taking on the lead role and Steven Spielberg directing, the action film enchanted a generation and won five Oscars.

  1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ was an immediate blockbuster and became the highest-grossing film of the decade. It also won five Oscars at the 55th Academy Awards thanks to a feat of special effects. The 1982 film tells the heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship between a boy and an alien who has landed in his yard.

  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street’ transformed the slasher genre, toying with audiences’ perception of dreams versus reality. The 1984 cinematic trailblazer launched Johnny Depp’s career and the story of Freddy Krueger still lives on in our nightmares today.

  1. The Terminator

By the 80s, the action genre had been so overdone that it had become almost entirely b-movies. That was until James Cameron broke onto the scene with ‘The Terminator’ in 1984. His unique combination of sci-fi and horror had never been seen before and Arnold Schwarzenegger is, of course, iconic.

  1. Ghostbusters

Who ya’ gonna’ call? Ghostbusters! Is this the most famous slogan from any film ever made? Maybe. The supernatural comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as three parapsychologists was the most successful comedy of all time following its release in 1984 and spawned a multi-billion dollar multimedia franchise.

  1. The Breakfast Club

John Hughes’ 1985 classic ‘The Breakfast Club’ is still a must-watch for teenagers, as the setting in a high school Saturday detention offers a perspective from stereotypical groups in a school and shows the anxieties, confusion and joys of teenagehood.

  1. Back to the Future

‘Back to the Future’ is not only one of the decade’s best, but arguably one of the best films ever made, with its witty script, lovable characters and memorable musical score. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd wowed audiences as Marty McFly and Doc, and approaching 30 years later, the film is still just as relevant. Perhaps Robert Zemeckis had some help from the Delorean with it?!

  1. Top Gun

Oscar-winning actor Tom Cruise was just starting out when he took to the skies in the 1986 action drama. With a remarkable music score featuring ‘Danger Zone’ and ‘Take My Breath Away’, Maverick’s cocksure personality and the beautiful relationship between Goose and Maverick, the film was an instant hit and catapulted Cruise to major Hollywood success.

  1. When Harry Met Sally

Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ asks the age-old question: Can men and women be friends without falling in love? Nora Ephron’s 1989 romantic comedy brought Ryan widespread fame, establishing her as one of the most successful actresses of the 90s, especially within the genre.          




When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something. – Anita Krizzan


Happiness is…no longer having to put up with teachers who made my life a misery.

(That’s why me and Mamma raised two teachers and a niece as a teacher to give children a pleasant experience at school.)


Doctor: Your brain seems to have deleted all info about 80s music! Man: Yikes! What’s The Cure? Doctor: Darn, it’s worse than I thought.


Love is…working together to make the best of what life throws at the two of you


A time to learn so much from a good teacher…A time to be scarred for life never to recover from a bad teacher!


22nd June

1772 – Slavery was outlawed in England.

1946 – Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.

1990 – Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled.

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Colour Film.


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