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An Australian Teacher's view on The Apocalypse

Gareth is a Secondary Teacher from Australia who is working in West London schools through Protocol Education

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The Apocalypse

So here we are on the other side of tomorrow. The world did not end on December the 21st. The only thing that ended on December 21st was the school term. And now, regrettably perhaps, a new term has started.

This is not of course to say the non-apocalypse was a non-event. The end of the Mayan calendar was the perfect lead-in event to overshadow the Christian event of Christmas. A celebration not widely celebrated by a predominantly Muslim and Hindi student population at school. A fact eleven year old Mohamed reminded me of as he “accidently” elbowed the classroom Christmas tree over whilst reaching for the tissue box.

Not to be put off, the school proceeded to force attendance to a Christmas pantomime. At which point one of the few Christian students (Note: this was sheer coincidence. But a relevant fact nonetheless), was called upon by a rather masculine Mother Goose, and asked what he would be receiving;

Student: “I’ve already opened my presents.”
Mother Goose: (taken aback) “What did you get?”
Student: “A blackberry phone.”
Mother Goose: (further taken aback) “Ooo.”

Greater shock ensued as we later found out the reason the presents had been prematurely opened was due to the student’s fear the impending apocalypse would stop him from opening them. It also did not help his peace of mind having me bringing in articles about Doomsday preppers arriving on Bugarach mountain in France to be abducted by aliens.

Finally on the last day of school he arrived to say he had a sore back and shoulders, from poor sleep.

“Were you too excited about the last day of school,” I asked.
“No sir. I was worried about the apocalypse,” was his response.

He got his own back when I returned three weeks later and he asked how I had managed to get back to Australia for Christmas when I had spent all my money into the lead up for Doomsday. I told him I’d booked those tickets ahead of time. But I didn’t tell him I sold my car and used all that money too. That would be an irresponsible example to set.

So next time there’s an apocalypse (the closest being astrologist Jeane Dixon’s prediction: “The Armageddon would take place in 2020 and Jesus would return to defeat the unholy Trinity of the Antichrist, Satan and the False prophet between 2020 and 2037.” 1), why not do some apocalyptic crosswords with your students. Or a Mayan calendar instead of an advent calendar.

Hell! Do whatever you want. We’re all going to die anyway.

1. The Call to Glory (1973), Jeane Dixon.

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