Historical Blunders

May 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm 2 comments

A student teacher has to draw up an American history test for his tenth grade history students, focusing on post-World War II national events. He figures he will make it easy, seeing as how they’re just about to break for Memorial Day weekend.

Question #1: Name the intern who had inappropriate relations with President Bill Clinton in 1995.

This one stumps some of the students. What was that intern’s name?!!! One student writes, “Lebowski.” Student teacher laughs while he grades this test, but really enjoys the legendary response of “Martin Luther King, Jr.” What other conspiracy theories is this brilliant kid keeping from the United States? He certainly must know what goes down at Area 51.


Question #9: Name the hippie music festival that took place in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Again, some kids are stumped. One girl in particular has no idea. She asks for help. Student Teacher says, “I’ll give you a clue. It starts with a ‘W’.” Girl rolls her eyes. “Okay, then an ‘o’ and another ‘o’, then a ‘d’. Girl’s eyes light up and she scribbles down, “Woodlog.” Student Teacher interjects and says, “Try again.” After thinking, she crosses out her first feeble attempt and confidently writes, “Woodshop.”


Woodshop vs. Woodstock (easily confusable!)


Heaven help our teachers.

*Thanks, CJ, for the story!*


Entry filed under: Commentary, Embarrassing Moments, JL's Posts, Living History.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. LeMare  |  May 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I’m reminded of the time when I was in High School and my parents were talking about Lewis and Clark. I just look at them and say, “you MORONS, it’s LOIS and Clark!”

  • 2. Massimo  |  May 29, 2009 at 7:13 am

    In a high school seminary class (we were studying the Old Testament) our teacher was in the middle of a very dignified, clinical description of circumcision, when a girl in the class, all befuddled, interjected: “I don’t understand. You mean they cut a hole in their foreheads?”


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