Students reprimanded for saying ‘bless you’
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.