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|A Jump Over the Four-Foot Wall (standard:humor, 1549 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Nov 22 2010||Views/Reads: 1467/894||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A funny/sad story about a teacher.|
A jump over the Four-Foot Wall Subba Rao Sankaram, a physics teacher was known for his antics in his classroom. While teaching, he would stretch his hands back and forth; stand on his toes as if trying to reach the ceiling, tiptoe around his chair in well choreographed steps, and dance in circles like a chu-chu train, all these to make dull lessons in Physics more interesting. One would learn about different plants in Botany. And a visit to the city arboretum to study the collection of rare and exotic plants could be exciting. Conducting chemical reactions by mixing various chemical reagents in the laboratory to make new substances is a thrill while learning Chemistry. Students are eager to visit a zoo to watch animal behavior and catch insects as part of Zoology. But Physics, a subject with no set boundaries is off limit to many students as is boring to listen to lectures and hard to understand. For example, why an apple dropped from a tree travels downwards but not upwards. Physics is full of such senseless questions and mathematical explanations. But, Sankaram's classroom antics to induce interest in students to listen to topics such as how sound travels in air or why light travels faster than sound or how people could stand steadily on the constantly rotating earth, made him a standout from the rest of the teachers. The college where Sankaram taught was known for unruly and rowdy students. They went on strike for any cause, just to abstain from the classes. The students walked out of classes if the cafeteria food was not tasty, or if they were not allowed to cheat during the tests or teachers insists on timely submission of home work or if a train derailed hundreds of miles away as a show of sympathy to the victims. They heckled the teachers routinely, and every teacher was given a nickname that stuck for rest of their lives. The Zoology teacher, a tall and lanky person was named after an aquatic organism with no limbs called Hydra. The Botany teacher's pants zipper was found inadvertently fly-opened on few occasions, since then he was named Venus fly trap, an attractive plant with a trap that opens and closes to catch insects. The Chemistry teacher was called H2S for his body odor that smelled more like H2S (hydrogen sulfide), a foul smelling chemical reagent. The Math teacher's over-bite earned him the nickname Dracula. Sankaram was referred to as Four-Foot not for his fancy footwork or other antics in the classroom but for other reasons. The unruly students in the classroom routinely intimidated the teachers at the college; teachers could barely teach in the allotted one-hour class period. It was more of a livelihood for the teachers to be employed at the college than teaching the students. On the other hand, some students attended the college to please their parents, and some parents were proud of their children for simply attending college, no matter whether they benefited or not. For sincere students, it was hard enough to understand a tough subject like Physics and was particularly difficult to concentrate while some students disrupted the class at every opportunity. The college was located on a hilltop next to the medical school. The wall separating the college and the adjacent medical school was around four feet high at the college level, but almost 20 feet above the ground level of the medical school due to difference in elevation. Practically, anybody that attempts to jump over the wall would be at risk of serious injury. Scores of students took science courses (or pre-medical courses) at the college to get admission into the medical school and yet very few students, if any, eventually got admitted since the admission requirements for the medical school were very stringent. As a teacher, Sankaram was different; he stood apart from rest of the teachers. The unruly students did not bother Sankaram at all. When a student from back of the classroom tried to mimic Sankaram's voice to disrupt the class, “go ahead make noise but can you jump over the four-foot wall to get into medical school?” Sankaram would shot back. In the physics class, Juggernaut sat in the first row to escape the wrath of Mr.Sankarm's barrage of questions to the troublemakers at the Click here to read the rest of this story (93 more lines)
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