Claim: Teacher’s letter home upbraids student for correcting him in class.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
This letter is supposedly from a teacher named Adam Hilliker. I suspect that it’s humor or perhaps a comment on teaching some controversial issue, but I’m not sure.
Origins: Many of us, during our time in school, have encountered teachers who made mistakes in class and viewed corrections from students not as opportunities to learn something themselves,
but as unwarranted and intolerable challenges to their authority
That is the set-up in the letter displayed above, posted on the Internet back in
transgression? Having corrected a teacher who insisted to his class that a kilometer was longer than a mile. (In fact, a kilometer is only about 62% of a mile.) Although in the text of the letter
Is this image a scan of a real letter? It offers no contextual clues that would make it verifiable (it’s not written on school letterhead and makes no mention of the school’s name or location), and nobody has yet turned up a math teacher in the U.S. named Adam Hilliker. Many readers have seized on small details to declare it phony, such as the similarity of the names “Adam Hilliker” and “Adolf Hitler” (perhaps a bit of a stretch) combined with a date of
Last updated: 15 April 2015