MY CARTOON OF MS ROACH – NIGHTMARE TEACHER AT SOUTH SHORE – JUNE 12 1962 – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE   1 comment

MY CARTOON OF, WELL ANYONE WHO WENT TO SOUTH SHORE SHOULD RECOGNIZE HER.

I PINNED THIS UP ONCE IN MR. SCOTTY’S ENGLISH CLASS, HE SMILED BUT TOLD ME TO TAKE IT DOWN.

MS. ROACH WAS ACCORDING TO HERSELF AN INTIMATE FAMILY FRIEND OF THE KENNEDYS AND SPENT MANY DAYS IN THEIR UPPER-CRUST ABODES.

AT ANY RATE, SHE SPENT MANY, MANY HOURS EVERY YEAR REPEATING THIS AND OTHER RUBBISH, SOMETIMES SPENDING ALMOST AN ENTIRE CLASS REMINISCING FROM IMAGINATION.

MY BROTHER WAS GETTING THE SAME STORIES FIVE YEARS LATER.

SHE TOOK GREAT PLEASURE IN MAKING HORRID COMMENTS TO 14 YEAR-OLDS, WHO OF COURSE WERE DEPENDENT ON HER FOR A GRADE. AND JUST LOOK OUT IF YOUR FACE EXPRESSED YOUR CONTEMPT OR DOUBT WHILE SHE REGAILED THE CLASS WITH NONSENSE ABOUT THE KENNEDYS.

NO ONE LEARNED ANYTHING IN HER CLASS, EXCEPT SOMETHING ABOUT HOW STRANGE HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE. NOW, WHEN I REFLECT BACK, I BELIEVE SHE ALMOST CERTAINLY WAS SCHIZOPHRENIC, AT LEAST MILDLY SO, NO LAUGHING MATTER AT ALL.

THANK GOD, SHE WAS NOT TYPICAL OF TEACHING AT SOUTH SHORE.

BUT IT GOES TO SHOW EVEN AT VERY GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS THEY HAD, AND STILL HAVE, A PROBLEM GETTING RID OF DAMAGING, USELESS TEACHERS LIKE THIS.

I DID CARTOONS OF SEVERAL TEACHERS I LIKED OR DISLIKED STRONGLY. THIS IS THE ONLY SURVIVING ONE.

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  1. Wow. John I just left a comment on our home and came across this. My sister Hollis is a grad of SSHS, maybe a couple of years before this…

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