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Unhelpful High School Teacher is an advice animal image macro series featuring a stock photo of a woman standing in front of a map of the world and a chalkboard. The captioned text describes lazy or irresponsible teaching methods, as well as cliche expressions and retorts frequently used by teachers in interacting with students.
The base image comes from a Corbis Images stock photo titled “Teacher Pointing at Map of World.” The first Quickmeme submission was uploaded on September 3rd, 2011. The image was posted to the advice animals subreddit the same day in a thread by Me_bender titled “Unhelpful High School Teacher.” It received 2163 upvotes and an overall score of 665.
Several examples were posted in a thread in the Mabination forums on September 4th, 2011. The first single topic blog on Tumblr titled “Fuck Yeah Unhelpful High School Teacher” was created on September 5th. On September 6th, derivative round-ups were published to BuzzFeed and Memebase. Smosh.com published a “best of” collection on September 8th. Urban Savior included it in their 25 Most Hilarious Memes of 2011 list and in January 2012, a series appeared on humor site Runt of the Web.
Derivative: Teacher’s Rebuttals
On September 10th, 2011, Tumblr user and English education student angewe posted a series of 10 Unhelpful High School Teacher instances with her response placed in red text in between the captions, receiving 333 notes. The series was linked on Buzzfeed two days later.
Search peaked in September and again in December, coinciding with end of year lists. It is currently on the rise
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