Based on my interactions, it appears teachers have a faith-like belief in the “Power of Need” similar to the “Force” in Star Wars. I could tell a teacher something as simple and straightforward as “the internet is down and unfortunately you can not get online at the moment” or “sorry, but due to the power outage you can not use your computer at this time”. In their minds facts such as these are no match for the Power of Need. Almost without exception, teachers will counter with “but I really NEED to check my email” or ” but I really NEED to work on my test”. As far as I can tell, they seriously believe that if they decide they NEED something enough it will materialize. The other possibility is that they think I shut off the power grid for the city in an effort to prevent them from checking their email for Borders Coupons. This is actually a strong possibility because more than a few of the teachers I’ve encountered seem to think that they are the center of the Universe and/or their respective classes are the foundation for which all academia is built. I have many examples to illustrate the Power of Need……here is one from last week.
Teacher: IT Guy, the copy machine is out of staples
IT Guy: I know, unfortuantely there was a problem with the shipment. They won’t be here till tomorrow.
Teacher: But I really NEED them now
IT Guy: Sorry, but we don’t have any
Teacher: But I NEED them for an exam that I NEED to give today
IT Guy: I don’t know what you want me to do
Teacher: The exam is very important. It counts for 15% of their grade and I really NEED to get this done
IT Guy: Oh, I didn’t know how much you NEEDED the staples. Here, take the three cartridges I have been hiding in my pocket for the last two days so I could listen to you people incessantly whine about your NEED for staples.