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Students reprimanded for saying ‘bless you’

Written by The Sarcasmist on September 30, 2011 - Comments (35)
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In a Bay Area high school, teacher Steve Cuckovich docked his students’ scores after they said “bless you” in the middle of class, citing that talking of any kind is disruptive and takes time away from more important things.

Cuckovich, who teaches health at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville says that “The blessing doesn’t make any sense anymore. When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying, ‘God bless you,’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense.”

Of course, some parents were upset with the teacher, but it’s tough to argue with his logic. We don’t live in the dark ages anymore, where we have to worry about evil spirits. Unfortunately, the same is not true when it comes to having to deal with morons. Perhaps the term “God bless you” should now be used to offering blessing onto those who have to endure idiotic behavior or decisions by others. But I guess that wouldn’t really help the situation here since all of Mr. Cuckovich’s students would need to be blessed.

Comments

  1. First class dipshit we have here. Liberal enforced PC.

    • Shut it mike and keep watching old reruns of Glen Beck. It wasnt the fact that he said “bless you” but the fact that when he said he didnt want any talking at all there is always that student who tries to see how far the envelope can be pushed and in this case it wasnt far at all.

    • Thats not what I heard I was told People say God Bless You Because your Hear Stops when you snezezezeze :)-

  2. What a friggin worthless moron this teacher is. Teachers like him need their teaching license yanked for being that stupid. I feel sorry for his students, and suggest they try and transfer out of his class. The parents should ask for his immediate dismissal as well.

  3. What a Liberal PoS.

  4. Daddy, perhaps you should take reading lessons from Sir Dick Cuckovich.

    “Cuckovich, who teaches health at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville says that “The blessing doesn’t make any sense anymore. When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying, ‘God bless you,’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense.”, who teaches health at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville says that “The blessing doesn’t make any sense anymore. When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying, ‘God bless you,’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense.”need”

    • I’m with you, daddy needs a nap! The teacher is clearly using his position as a bully pulpit against anything related to religion. I couldn’t help but notice that the student who sneezed wasn’t reprimanded for his sudden outburst in the middle of class. The children were simply being polite, a traight that seems to be fading from society at large. Thankfully, however, I live in the south where people are just plain nicer!

  5. Suffering from verbal diarrhea?
    Perfect example of idiosync.

  6. First of all, in most cases children were raised to say “bless you” after someone sneezes because it’s polite. Granted, the teacher didn’t want any talking. But to dock the students scores simply because of a sub-conscience reaction that we are wired to make, is just ridiculous. We are hard wired to say “Yes ma’am” Yes sir” Bless you” Thank you” all terms we as human beings use without thinking twice. To bring liberal politics into this is ignorant, I think that the teacher is just a power hungry idiot.

    • I sooooo wish that was true. I think people seriously lack proper upbringing in common courtesies nowadays. If everyone was instilled with (& used) Thank You, Please, Yes Ma’am/Sir, I think the world would be a kinder place.

  7. Although the origins of saying “God Bless You” is ambiguous at best, there are other origins of where the custom comes from and it has nothing to do with evil spirits. And it seems to be much older than Christianity where this purportedly comes from.
    Although not technically part of Jewish Law (Halacha), the custom of saying gezuntheit, tzu gezunt, labreeyut, or God bless you is considered a mannerly custom. It is written in the Talmud that the Patriarch Jacob was the first person to become ill before passing on. Before that, people would sneeze and die. When God infused the soul into Man, He “blew it” into Adam’s nostrils. Thus, when it came time for the soul to be returned to its Maker, it would leave through the same portal it arrived.

    Outside of that, I don’t think it has anything to do with god, as much as it has to do with etiquette and manners. Its ingrained in our traditions to respond with something whether its god bless you, (I prefer gesundheit)

    There are a lot of things we don’t “Need to do” but we do it because its traditionally a god bless you is what we’ve been conditioned to do.

    I think the reason why this teacher is being a D*ck has nothing to do with superstition as much as it has to do it for the sake of being an @$$. If I was taking his class, the next time he sneezed I’d tell him to go F*ck himself, and ask which he prefers.

    heh…

  8. Actually, people still say bless you today because it is a genuine wish for you to have better health. “The changing pressure in your chest due to sneezing also changes your blood flow, which may change the rhythm of your heartbeat.” Hence why people always say that when you sneeze your heart skips a beat.

    • out of curiousity what does god have to do with your heart skipping a beat?

      For that matter whatabout people with heart murmurs do you say god bless you everytime their are irregular heart beating patterns.

      Do you say that when people are having a heart attack?

      This argument makes no sense.

  9. I think idiots are hardwired to blame liberals for everything they don’t like. No talking during a test means no talking during a test. All the spiel about evil spirits the teacher said was likely his justifications for not making “bless you” an exception.

  10. I honestly don’t understand why these replies are only on both extremes with no middle ground. The teacher’s political alignment has nothing to do with what happened and it is not necessarily that it was a student trying to piss the teacher off. The term “god bless you” may not have any context like it once did but, that doesn’t matter because it is the polite thing to say when someone sneezes. Cuckovich is a dick for docking points for someone trying to be polite but, that is his right at the teacher. In the end though, “god bless you” is a socially acceptable response to someone sneezing and those who don’t like need to deal with it and shut up.

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