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Imagine walking into a room full of teenagers, armed with only your outdated lingo, ready to drop a “cool beans” or a “this rocks!” on the unsuspecting class. Suddenly, you realize you’re the human embodiment of a dial-up modem. Knowing teen slang isn’t just about keeping up with the times—it’s about survival in the wild jungle of teaching.

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I consider myself very fortunate to be the recipient of copies of outrageous emails and letters that teachers all over the country have received. Each one confirms the fact that the level of respect that teachers get is about as low as it can go. Parents and students no longer have to say how they feel to a teacher’s face. They merely pound it into their keyboard, press send, and move on with their stupid day.

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