Friday, January 08, 2010

Foiled Again!

I woke up this morning with the great and, ultimately, futile hope that we'd have a Snow Day. Now I'll get to face students who will undoubtedly whine that they had to come to school today and how the administration is totally unfair and blah blah blah. How do I tell them that I'm just as disappointed?!?!

Just a very quick anecdote:

Yesterday, my department chair came in to evaluate my teaching. As a tactical move, I alerted several students in my class that would be visited that I was going to be observed. The subtext to this was, "Please, for the love of God, don't do anything to make me look incompetent!"

When I told one student, he looked at me and deadpanned his response. "Don't worry Mr. Duns, I won't do anything to make you look bad." Relieved, I said, "Thank you." Sandwich in hand, he continued, "I mean, if I didn't like you, I'd throw you under the bus."

This response from a student - who'll become either a Jesuit or a very powerful attorney - struck me as absolutely hysterical. I have little doubt that, had he taken the notion, that he could well have "thrown me under the bus." I have been chuckling over his response since yesterday and I thought others might find it amusing, too.

Incidentally, I don't think I'd ever heard this phrase until I encountered it on Top Chef. There was one season - with Marcel, if I recall - that it was used rather frequently. Since then, I've noticed that it gets used fairly frequently. It's a great phrase and one I might like to use more often. But to hear it out of the mouth of a student....hysterical.


Einar said...

Lawyer mentality.... *Shudder*

Anonymous said...

The Jesuit director at my retreat last weekend (so several days after your post) threw me under the bus at Mass, in front of everyone (and accused me of throwing him under the bus in the process). The best part is that the one who really did throw him under the bus was the other Jesuit with us, a scholastic. The priest only heard me talking about it, but still keeps saying that I threw him under the bus.

My life would be so much easier if I could just stay away from Jesuits.