A little education joke for Saturday

A ERO school inspector is sent to assess a Year 4 class in a local School. He is introduced to the class by the teacher.

She says to the class, “Let’s show the inspector just how clever you are by allowing him to ask you a question”.

The inspector reasons that normally in this integrated school class starts with religious instruction, so he will ask a biblical question.

He asks: “Class, who broke down the walls of Jericho?”  graphic

For a full minute there is absolute silence. Eventually, little Billy raises his hand.

Billy stands up and replies, “Sir, I do not know who broke down the walls of Jericho, but I can assure you it wasn’t me”.

Of course the inspector is shocked by the answer and the lack of knowledge of the famous bible story and he looks at the teacher for an explanation.

Realising that he is perturbed, the teacher says “Well, I’ve known Billy since the start of the year, and I believe that if he says that he didn’t do it then he didn’t do it”.

The inspector is even more shocked at this and storms down to the principal’s office and tells him what happened, to which the principal replies “I don’t know the boy, but I believe his teacher. If she feels that the boy is innocent, then he must be innocent”.

The inspector can’t believe what he is hearing. He grabs the phone on the principal’s desk and in a rage, dials  Hekia Parata and rattles off the entire occurrence to her and asks her what she thinks of the education standard in the country.

Hekia sighs heavily and replies: “I don’t know the boy, the teacher or the principal, and never heard of the school, but just get three quotes and have the  fucking wall fixed!!”


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  • thor42

    That’s about right.

    She should be flipping burgers at Maccas instead of being in Parliament.

  • Dave

    And here was I thinking the joke would be just four letters


  • Teachersrock

    Nice editing of an American joke, And given the level of religious participation in NZ I would be surprised if 25% of NZ adults knew the story of Jericho.

    Still, typical Whale, never miss an opperrtunity to attack and belittle education in NZ.

    • Your spelling belittles education in NZ.

      • Teachersrock

        No, people like you do.

        It would be nice if know nothings such as yourself kept your gibberish to yourself. However we live in a free country, and you are free to spout off your misinformation.

        • Mostly_Harmless

          “No, people like you do” – superb rebuttal there.

          • Ronnie Chow

            Is this “Teachersrock” actually a teacher ? He seems almost unable to put together a coherent sentence .

          • Dion

            Yes – he goes by several names here. The juvenile nature of his comments (calling people “haters” and “fucktards”) usually gives him away.

          • Ronnie Chow

            Well , then , he’s got serious psychological problems . He should not be teaching .

      • Economist

        Surely this counts as “bringing the profession into disrepute”?

        seems to me these are the guys you should be contacting:

        Complaints and Competence (Professional Standards Team)
        Phone:+64 (0) 4 471 0852
        Fax:+64 (0) 4 470 9076
        Email:[email protected]

        • Tony

          they won’t know either

        • They will sweep it under the carpet, move along nothing to see here…and to be fair to teachersrock there isn;t much…especially when there are all those kiddy fiddling teachers and the ones who hire gang members for hits on their principal to hide and protect

          • Economist

            Well never know unless you give it a try. I’d have though it would make a good story for Truth whichever way it goes – either, Teacher who can’t spell fired, or Teacher who can’t spell kept in the job…

    • Dave

      Welcome back Kosh/Meg I think you need to go to the back of the class and write out 50 times. The joke was not about Jeriko it was about Hekia. Repeat etc etc. I think Cam did well to find the joke, modify it as you say and get the point across.

      Kosh/Meg I invite others to comment and if I have it wrong they can send me to the back of the class with you, but in the meantime Kosh, please keep writing your lines. :)

    • Pissedoffyouth

      Do you tell your students to proof read their work? Or are you showing us the quality of what comes out of your classroom?

      Every time you post makes me want teaching standards to be higher, just a little bit more.

      • Dave

        As someone said the other day PoY Kosh, Step away from the hole and STOP digging.

        • Ronnie Chow

          I think we owe the bong smoker schoolteacher , the skinhead redbaiter , and their ilk a decent rebuttal in the Queen’s English .

          • Dave

            I would suggest that rebuttal have two words. FUCK OFF

      • Steve (North Shore)

        It does not matter if the students get it wrong, as long as they tried hard and made to look like equals

        • Mostly_Harmless

          Exactly – that’s how it is in the real world!

    • Travis Poulson

      Can someone please tell me how this muppet is a teacher?

      “Still, typical Whale, never miss an opperrtunity to attack and belittle education in NZ.”

      • axeman

        I am STILL laughing at the twat Teacherscock/MEg/Kosh who wrote this a couple of weeks back.

        ‘Probably the same nutjobs who signed petitions to succeed from the US when Obama won reelection.’

        What do you expect from the regular teacher troll who doesn’t know when to give up.

        • Travis Poulson

          That used to be one of his favorite words, he hasn’t used it since he started using multiple names now, probably thinks it’ll give him away…

      • dotcom

        Yeah, but don’t you all see that Teachers-crock does not YET realise why you are all laughing. Please let me explain for the teacher. Teachers, you’ll need your fingers for this. It has something to do with how the rest of us spell the 7th word in your second paragraph.

        • Bunswalla

          Fucking hell, DC, they can’t even read, write, or spell correctly, and now you want them to count?

      • Economist

        Because no-one’s bother to do him for “bringing the profession into disrepute”.


  • TayheiNotts

    I recall many years ago being at a boozy party where we still had plenty of grog but had run out of food. One bloke said, “give me five loaves and two fishes and I will feed the whole fucken lot of you bastards”. Those with a religious education enjoyed the joke. Agnostics like me could not see the humour. I have learnt a bit about religion over the past few years.

  • peterwn

    A townie teacher had to do country service (a requirement for promotion in days gone by) and pinned up a picture of a sheep and asked the class what it was. No response – teacher said surely you must know what it is. One boy asked to take a closer look – teacher said it should not be necessary but nevertheless allowed him to take a closer look. It’s a Romney he announced.

    • Dave

      PeterWN Show the townie kids a picture of a sheep these days, they would tell you its a picture of the wannabe Prime Minister.

  • Hazards001


  • Dion

    Must be ancient history as the teachers are on their 9 week holiday break at the moment

    • No, no they are working hard planning for next year don’t you know…all their cars are in the school carparks, hidden by Harry’s cloak on invisibility…and those tumble weeds blowing through the carpark just aren’t there…liar!…all the teachers are…working hard…like they always do.

      • Teachersrock

        Soooo teachers are not allowed the 4 weeks off that every other kiwi is?


    • GregM

      I hope all the teachers are enjoying their holidays actually. I hope they are kicking back on the beach, having a few beers and a good relaxing time.
      I want them to be well rested, because this year they are going to be working their arses off implementing the changes that ARE GOING TO HAPPEN, as required by the Ministry and the public.

      • Economist

        the only change that would make any difference is to fire the union teachers.

        Keeping the same people and expecting different results is the definition of stupidity

        • Teachersrock

          So you do not like us having one of the best education systems in the world? You want to get rid of the teachers that keep us in the top 10 systems in the world?

          This is why ideologically driven fools should not be allowed any where near policy making positions.

      • Teachersrock

        I think you will find what will happen next year will be as follows:

        Key will have a reshuffle and there will be a new Minister of Education. If we are lucky this one will have a brain.

        There will be a softer line towards these changes and a softer approach from National towards teachers. They are going to have enough problems with their asset sales, let alone taking on teachers.

        The back downs in Christchurch will continue.

        Oh and for the record, John Keys mates standing around a BBQ, does not equate to “the public”.

  • Teachersrock

    I do love it when the know nothings go on the attack. It is very reassuring that I am correct.

    Still, I should not expect anything less from the right wing self appointed experts. .

    • Mostly_Harmless

      “I do love it when the know nothings go on the attack” – Why are you referring to yourself in the third person?

    • Ronnie Chow

      You’re nuts , pal . Shallow personality-based posts , poor grammar , poor or non-existent evidence ;
      and Hey , wise one ,if you yourself are not self-appointed , then who the fuck appointed you ? Oh , you did . So , that’s not even an insult , apart from the ‘right wing’ bit .

      You are not correct , pal , except when you go to sleep at night .

      • Teachersrock

        Non existent evidence?? Soooo all the studies and rankings that show NZ in the top 10 education systems in the world are make believe.

        I suggest you open your eyes and see the truth, as opposed to the nonsense you are being spoon fed by the know nothings on the right.

        • GregM

          Yes we are in the top ten, how do we get to number one?
          Fourth or fifth place isn’t good enough anymore.

          • Teachersrock

            Actually it is extremely good, and the best way to get to number one, vote out National.

          • Pissedoffyouth

            So why didn’t we get to number one when Labour was in, if they are so good?

          • Mostly_Harmless

            Because John Key was sabotaging Labour’s policies even back then!

          • GregM

            OK, what would Labour do that would improve our kids education?
            Policies and costings please.
            I don’t care what political party makes the improvements needed, or is it fine just the way it is?

          • Dave

            Right on Greg! ! Here is your opportunity to shine kosh. Think strategically, keep to 6 to 8 clear & concise bullet points and please Meg, please check and double check your grammar & spelling. PS: Education is spelt. e d u c a t I o n.

          • Teachersrock

            Frankly I do not know what Labour would do about education at this point in time. But given the absolute mess that National is making of it – poor assessment mechanisms, the courts reversing their decisions, the public forcing them to reverse class size increases and dramatic firing of teachers, using amazingly inaccurate information as the basis for closing and merging schools in Christchurch, appointing TWO incompetent ministers… hell at this point a blind half deaf monkey would be better.

            And as for what I would do, we have already discussed that at length previously.