July 27, 2020

Why Did my Teacher Humiliate Me?

Nic Faed, 54

Humiliation is a poor way to teach. I attended a village school in the late ’60s, early ’70s. There was a weekly spelling test. Pupils had to stand on their desks. We were allowed down once a word was spelt correctly (out loud). I was always left standing. Class mates smirked as they gazed up at me. The sun beamed through the window teasing me in a bright spotlight. I wanted out of the cage to play in the woods. The floor fell, letters jigged, humiliation cut. It stays with you for ever. Young child to old lady.

Spelling Test, 2020Pastel30 x 40 cm