Who is the meanest teacher you have ever had?


获得48.9k好评的回答@Stephen Doherty:

My Freshman Football Coach in high school. He was a grade-A asshole.

We were doing drills practicing catching the football. He threw me a pass and I dropped it. He started yelling at me. I went back in line embarrassed. My friend was up next. Coach throws him the football. He drops it, too. Coach says nothing. Annoyed, I mumbled under my breath, “Why didn’t he get yelled at?” Coach: “What was that Doherty?!” (I forgot I whispered like a freight train) Me: “Uhh…” Coach: “Take off, Doherty! TAKE OFF!!!” He didn’t say where to take off to, and I wasn’t going to ask. So, like Forest Gump, I just started running until practice was over.

After practice he came and talked to me. Stephen - the reason I yelled at you and not the other guy is because I expect more out of you. If I am yelling at you, then it’s because I expect more out of you and know you can get better.” It’s when we stop yelling at you when you mess up that you should begin to worry. Because if the day comes we stop yelling when you mess up, it means we’ve given up on you.

Wow. That single sentence by a football coach taught me more about life in one sentence than any other teacher or class ever had. He was the biggest asshole I ever met. But he was the greatest teacher I ever had.


获得29.2k好评的回答@Jess H. Brewer:

The one who first springs to mind was my PhD supervisor, Ken Crowe. He had a reputation for making grown men cry when they crewed on his racing sailboat, and other grad students were terrified of him, but I was fascinated by the topic he was working on, so I joined his group.
第一个出现在我脑海中的是我读博时的导师Ken Crowe。他名声在外,据说能把跟着他做项目的成年人弄哭,其他研究生都很怕他。但我对他正在做的项目很感兴趣,所以加入了他的团队。

He gave me an assignment: to figure out what was causing muons to get depolarized in liquids. I knew it involved muonium formation, so I went off to learn all about muonium. After a week or two I came to Ken’s office to tell him about it. He listened for a few minutes and then yelled at me, “You have no idea what you’re talking about! Get out and don’t come back until you do!”
他给我一个任务:弄清楚什么能导致μ(介)子在液体中去极化。我知道这涉及到 μ子素的形成,所以我去了解了所有关于μ子素的知识。一两周后我去Ken的办公室向他汇报,他听了几分钟就朝我吼起来:“你根本不知道自己在说什么!滚,弄明白了再回来!”

So I went away and learned more, better, about muonium. I really got into it, and a week later I came back to tell Ken about it. Again he listened for a few minutes and then threw me out.

Now I was starting to get mad. I bored down on the problem until I understood it so well that to this day it is one of my most proud accomplishments. Then I went back to tell Ken what I had figured out. Again he interrupted me a few minutes into my presentation, at which point I said, “Shut up and listen!” Which he did. And when I finished he complimented me on doing some very original research. From that day forward he supported and promoted me until we became great friends and respected colleagues.

So don’t ever begrudge your “mean” teachers their high standards. They may spur you to accomplishments you will be proud of decades later.