...in thinking a head teacher and staff taking part in a Gangnam YouTube effort is inappropriate at best?

(176 Posts)
QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 08:41:28

Or am I getting crusty?

I just don't understand how you can hold yourself up as a figure respected in the local community and performance a jiggy dance like a kangaroo chucking a lasoo- along with other 'mature' members of staff.

It is a Boys Grammar School and yet female members of staff are jiggying around to 'sexy lady' lyrics.

Purlease. It is in no way cool but more cringe making than David Brent.

Can't link from iPad but it's Boston Grammar School Gangnam.

Maybe I am just a bit of an old fart but I can't help feel standards are at an all time low when you feel the need to debase yourself this much to 'get down wid da kidz'

<And breathe........>

misterwife Thu 20-Dec-12 08:44:24

I wouldn't say they're debasing themselves, but Gangnam Style isn't the most creative choice!!

The head and deputy head at the school two of my kids attend did Gangnam Style in giant bunny outfits * shrugs *

SoleSource Thu 20-Dec-12 08:45:46

Teachers thrusting their groins at a school show will not exsctly impress most teenagers. Imagine it would be fun to laugh at but cringeworthy. The kids will forget about the horror they witnessed, quite quickly and usial respect shall return.

AltinkumATEalltheTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 08:46:03

YABU, the kids would love it, and so would quite a bit of adults.

RubyGates Thu 20-Dec-12 08:46:27

I'd put this firmly in the "First world problem" box.

valiumredhead Thu 20-Dec-12 08:47:04

Kids LOVE teachers making fools of themselves grin

Pagwatch Thu 20-Dec-12 08:47:10

I think you are being really crusty tbh.

I think being a figure of authority and respect is not the sme as being uptight and priggish. I value the ability to laugh at yourself enormously.

mnistooaddictive Thu 20-Dec-12 08:48:27

I have just watched it and seriously it is not at all contentious! It looks like it has been set up for an assembly as a joke. This is the type of thing teachers do. It is not sexy in any sense or trying to be. You need to get a life if this offends you.

thebody Thu 20-Dec-12 08:48:45

We did it to our school children yesterday. ( first school)

My dds school have done it ( senior)

It's was for charity both times and a good laugh.

When I was at school ( 70s and 80s) our teachers did equivelant.

A good teacher can have fun and discipline.

It's not a new concept.

LaCiccolina Thu 20-Dec-12 08:49:03

I have turned into ur own description! An old fart. Can't see why people can't be respected and funny? Not mutually exclusive are they?

Less enamoured with ladies prancing sexily, but only coz that's just so yawn making. Every Tom dick n britney does that. I'd rather see girls amount to being the next president, not dancing like in a video next to fiddy cent a likes.... (Paraphrasing Pink)

VivaLeBeaver Thu 20-Dec-12 08:49:12

oIve seen a canadian hospital one with midwives and ob drs. Its very good. But if we did it in an nhs hospital i think wed get sacked.

LaCiccolina Thu 20-Dec-12 08:49:22

U not I, damned iPhones!!!!!

Got to disagree too, children love the opportunity to see their teachers as real human beings and it in no way increases disrespect.

At our posh indy school the staff did a panto which the children loved.

misterwife Thu 20-Dec-12 08:51:35

I've seen a teacher get up and do 'Gordon is a Moron' by Jilted John in front of his (secondary school) charges!

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 08:53:40

DSs Secondary school did it yesterday. Christmas is always a big production and it always goes down well. In fact the pupils have been wondering what the teachers will do for weeks.

I'm gutted it's not on YouTube.

I think respect is earned in very many different ways. The HT is pretty strict and fearsome and seeing him showing his other side goes a long way towards reassuring the pupils that he is approachable.

Just watched the video and imagined my teachers doing this when I was at high school (20 years ago sad). It's brightened my morning!

LynetteScavo Thu 20-Dec-12 08:56:30

Hmmmm, I think you are getting a little crusty.

Jingleallthejay Thu 20-Dec-12 08:57:37

yabu and a litte crusty this flashmob thing is everywhere including schools it daft a bit off fun and lets the children see their teachers are infact human and a bit daft sometimes, stop being so serious I dont think children will lose respect for their teachers cos they do a dance. dd2s teachers did it for C IN this year she said oh it was cringy but did laugh about it

Jingleallthejay Thu 20-Dec-12 08:58:20

The HT is pretty strict and fearsome and seeing him showing his other side goes a long way towards reassuring the pupils that he is approachable.

^ ^ this really

Jingleallthejay Thu 20-Dec-12 08:58:36

bit of fun*

EweBrokeMyManger Thu 20-Dec-12 08:58:38

Oh I love a good No Fun Here thread.

Jingleallthejay Thu 20-Dec-12 09:01:15

The head and deputy head at the school two of my kids attend did Gangnam Style in giant bunny outfits

Bunny outfits you say FAB grin

silvercup Thu 20-Dec-12 09:02:26

YABU. I reckon I would have found that really funny when I was a teenager.

At our school we had a "6th Form entertainment" each Xmas - directed by the lower 6th, starring teachers doing various stupid sketches, songs and dances. It was HILARIOUS and the highlight of the school year!

Before the age of social media - but no different

HeathRobinson Thu 20-Dec-12 09:03:41


It's fun.

showmethetoys Thu 20-Dec-12 09:04:39

What?! You are definitely crusty.

We took our school to the local panto and they did Gangnam Style and the kids LOVED it and all knew the dance and joined in. And in our school the staff do a piss take version of the children's xmas production and they absolutely love that as well!

Lighten up!

GobTheGoblin Thu 20-Dec-12 09:05:22

YABU and an old fart.

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 09:08:45

female members of staff are jiggying around to 'sexy lady' lyrics.

Watched it now. The female teachers were not being inappropriate in any way.

Sorry OP but you have definitely moved into crusty old fart mode

Chubfuddler Thu 20-Dec-12 09:10:05


Hardly original but completely harmless. Our teachers always did a review at Christmas with silly skits. Somehow we managed to look them in the eye next day.

At ds's private school (oh the horror) the male teachers all grew movembers and then shaved them off in assembly. The kids thought it was hilarious.

wannaBe Thu 20-Dec-12 09:11:14

are there really people out there who think that kids would lose respect for their teachers because they did Gangnam style? really? Words fail me really - lighten up fgs.

ChocHobNob Thu 20-Dec-12 09:11:50

Teachers have always done this haven't they? I remember my teachers doing some very cringeworthy songs and dances in secondary school. It made us laugh. YABU

Jingleallthejay Thu 20-Dec-12 09:13:36

I just watched it and god they are terrible and i saw no 'sexy ladies' grin

freddiefrog Thu 20-Dec-12 09:14:40


Some of the most liked and respected teachers at my children's school are the ones who don't take themselves too seriously and are able to joke around with the kids.

Our entire teaching body, including the head, got up and did Gangnam Style at the school disco last week. It was fun and the kids loved it

CecyHall Thu 20-Dec-12 09:15:07

I could almost guarantee that if my school was still how it was when I was there, Gangnam Style would have been the teachers turn at the 6th Form Revue this year but now it's a stupid academy and all the good staff left

Unoriginal, but I wouldn't say inappropriate, a bit of fun.

bakingaddict Thu 20-Dec-12 09:15:13

You are getting crusty.....everybody needs to blow off some steam especially around Christmas time. I'm gutted that in my job I have no opportunity to do anything like this and have to settle for getting pissed on the xmas night out instead

Pagwatch Thu 20-Dec-12 09:16:06

Shhhhhh now everyone!

Poor old OP needs a bit of quiet while she copes with the realisation that she has become a bit po faced. Got to be a shock.

melika Thu 20-Dec-12 09:16:32

I'm with OP, especially in a boys grammar school environment.
This will never happen in my DSs school, ever! Professional to the enth degree. Personally, I would feel uncomfortable watching it as I already think it is a load of shit anyway.

I went to a comp, teachers did not do anything like this.

Jingleflobba Thu 20-Dec-12 09:17:23

Sorry queenie but you are being a touch crusty! The kids would have loved it and wouldn't have lost any respect for the teachers.

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Thu 20-Dec-12 09:17:24

There is also Eton Style and --if the revolution doesn't com--e those lads will be running the country one day.

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Thu 20-Dec-12 09:18:00

Wow, worst strikeout fail ever...

ShatnersBassoon Thu 20-Dec-12 09:19:50

YABUnreasonably crusty.

Kids love Gangnam Style, they love seeing adults dicking around, they love to laugh at teachers, teachers like making children laugh when the opportunity presents itself.

It was a bit of fun and I bet a lot of people enjoyed themselves. In the olden days, the teachers did The Timewarp to make us laugh at the Christmas party grin.

KenLeeeeeeeInnaSantaHat Thu 20-Dec-12 09:19:52

YABU. Teachers have been doing stuff like this for as long as I can remember, and teenagers find it hilarious. As someone else said, it helps to remind pupils that teachers are human beings and seem more approachable.

When I was in secondary school, we had a scary as hell Science teacher called Mr King. At the Christmas do one year, he dressed up as Elvis and sang Blue Suede Shoes. He was "The King" ever since and came across as much more likeable for it!

Jingleallthejay Thu 20-Dec-12 09:20:09

I'm with OP, especially in a boys grammar school environment.

do you really thing female teachers doing a very non sexy dance is in appropriate do you think it would make the boys have stirrings REALLY not as if they were dancing around to rhianna confused

The teachers did this sort of thing every year in our girls school. Watching men copy Ricky Martin was cringeworthy but gave us more respect for them for showing they were human and could have a laugh. YABU

ChocHobNob Thu 20-Dec-12 09:21:03

Eton Style grin

cantspel Thu 20-Dec-12 09:21:05

I have just watched it and i cant see anything in it that would make me get my knickers in a twist. Just a few teachers having a bit of fun and showing that they are human too.

MoaneyMcmoanmoan Thu 20-Dec-12 09:23:48


catgirl1976geesealaying Thu 20-Dec-12 09:23:58

YABU and crusty

A private school near me has done a great version

It's fairly funny

melika Thu 20-Dec-12 09:24:00

Not bothered about women teachers writhing in a boys school it is just crap!

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 09:25:03

I didn't realise that the DSs school did this sort of thing when we chose it. It was an added bonus. I don't want a professional school, I want a school. Somewhere that has a big population of young people and knows the best way to nuture every aspect of their education.

I've learned that the teachers at secondary school have a far better understanding of teenagers than I do. I have experience of two and they have experience of thousands.

TheElfOnThePanopticon Thu 20-Dec-12 09:26:31

I think that in a well-run school where the teachers are usually strict it is very beneficial to the school as a whole in terms of discipline, pastoral care and general atmosphere and ethos of the school to several occasions each year where the teachers do very silly things in front of their pupils, whether that's doing the Gangnam style dance, being dunked in baked beans for charity or dressing up in silly outfits.

So yes, you are getting crusty.

HoHoHokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Thu 20-Dec-12 09:28:03

DD had her Christmas party yesterday and the highlight of it for her, by far was the teachers dancing to Gangnam Style!

ChristmasKnackers Thu 20-Dec-12 09:28:43


We do something similar every year - MJ Thriller, Christmas Video to do they know its Christmas etc etc. We had a packed house for charity when we did Karaoke for Christmas!

Kids love teachers embarrassing themselves. We do it to make them cringe.

WhenSantaGotStuckUpACunnyFunt Thu 20-Dec-12 09:29:07

I can't find it sad can someone link to it please?

grin at Eton style

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 09:32:15
Dolallytats Thu 20-Dec-12 09:33:12

Just watched it and thought it was great!! I remember when 3 of our teachers (2 female, 1 male) did a surprise turn at the school talent show-three little maids from the Mikado!! Brilliant!!

This sort of thing actually goes a long way to helping the relationships between teachers and pupils. Everyone shows their human, fun side. I see nothing wrong with it.

WhenSantaGotStuckUpACunnyFunt Thu 20-Dec-12 09:34:24

Thanks, but now it won't bloody load hmm oh the joys of only having mobile internet.

YABU - it's not called the silly season for nowt you know. And I think it's great that teachers can show this side of themselves to the students.

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 09:37:55

<< Chips crusty bits off of OP >>

I think kids identify much easier with staff who know how to have fun now and then.

My old Head teacher was an ancient old fart in a grey suit who rarely cracked a smile. I never really saw him as human and was quite shocked when I saw him eating a sandwich one day because it was far too 'normal' grin

showmethetoys Thu 20-Dec-12 09:38:50

When I was at secondary school we also had a '6th form revue' thing where the teachers basically made arses of themselves. Memorable moments include the weedy (but lovely) History teacher playing the '11 o clock Diet Coke Break' bloke (Christ thinking about that he must have been mortified!), the male teachers doing the dole queue scene from The Full Monty and one of the female teachers doing Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights.

It was 15 years ago but I still remember it so clearly, it was brilliant!

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 09:38:50

It's like feminism never happen.

Okay I'll take the crusty hit

still think they're a bunch of saddos as do the teenagers passing this around

PearlyWhites Thu 20-Dec-12 09:39:57

I think you need to chill out , children respect their teachers more if they can relate to them.

Fakebook Thu 20-Dec-12 09:41:48

Eton style is brilliant! They need more views.

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Thu 20-Dec-12 09:43:38

I've just noticed that they pronounce Moet, "Mo-ay" in Eton Style shock

Unless they are deliberately trying to mislead us

I'm now imagining my former teachers doing this. I'd have loved it.

cantspel Thu 20-Dec-12 09:46:35


How is this a feminist issue?

Every other year, my secondary school teachers did a panto. Lasted about half an hour, but they wrote it all - including songs - and even the really senior staff got involved, dragged up, the whole lot.

We all thought it was fabulous. The teachers were bloody good sports and we all thought they were great for doing it. The shows were really good and very funny.

I do think, very occasionally, some of these Christmas things can cross a line of embarrassment that goes beyond cringe-making and demeans themselves and loses them respect. But very occasionally.

showmethetoys Thu 20-Dec-12 09:49:21

Yes, what the jeff has feminism got to do with this?!

Have you seen 'spartan high school style' on YouTube?? Its hideously terrible!!
Heyyyy lunch lady grin

My 2yo loves gangnam style. She keeps telling daddy to put it on again and again and again and dancing to it. Its hilarious but I feel she may be a contribution to the end of the world confused

aPirateInaPearTree Thu 20-Dec-12 09:49:53

oh god yabu. it's not inappropriate. it's a laugh. bit of fun, bet the kids were equally cringed up and laughing at their teachers at the same time. The teachers were good sports imo.

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 09:52:10

Great, admit you're being crusty and then blame your feminist views for it grin

That'll go down like a cup of cold sick with a lot of posters!

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Thu 20-Dec-12 09:55:04

I had to be one of The Spice Girls for a surprise end of school concert performance by teaching staff once. The roar that went up from the pupils when the music started and we all struck our poses was amazing. I briefly considered a career change but at almost thirty and five months pregnant it wasn't to be...

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 20-Dec-12 09:56:22


The dc's school hold a summer fayre every year. Last year two of their male teachers dressed up in drag and one of the women teachers did some silly hip hop dance.

The kids thought it was great and it has not effected their teacher. One of them was the teacher dd1 has just got. She was over the moon when she found out she would be moving to his class because "he is funny and nice" she feels a lot more comfortable talking to him about any issues she has than she did with her 'professional' teacher. I think it is good for the children to see a less serious side to their teachers.

aPirateInaPearTree Thu 20-Dec-12 09:56:26

ha like the eton style one.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:06:36

Feminist from the perspective that professional female teachers are dancing/prancing to a song with lyrics 'sexy lady' for the entertainment of adolescent boys and to be mocked accordingly.

Also if you check out what the song is actually about it.......

I don't mind being crusty on this one actually.

I think there is a world of difference between doing a pantomime for the entertainment of an immediate audience and popping this poor and ill considered effort on YouTube.

Nobody needs to see middle-aged teachers flapping their flaccid bits around. There is,to my mind, a huge difference between crafting a humorous dialogue and acting like an uninspired utter buffoon. A spoof on a spoof.

WinterWinds Thu 20-Dec-12 10:07:43


I heard on local radio yesterday about a lady who'd gone to watch her Dc's school production and half way through all the kids and teachers broke into gangham style which was totally unexpected, sounded fanatastic!!

My own DC's school did a talent show and the female teachers did a dance which the kids loved but what they and the parents didn't know was that the male teachers and the head did an unexpected dance at the end.

They Got the biggest cheers of the night. It was brilliant.

Why shouldn't teachers let off a bit of steam and show the kids they are only human??

cantspel Thu 20-Dec-12 10:11:02

Background and release

"Gangnam Style" is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District[23] of Seoul,[24] where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed "class". The term was listed in Time's weekly vocabulary list as a manner associated with lavish lifestyles in Seoul's Gangnam district.[25] PSY likened the Gangnam District to Beverly Hills, California, and said in an interview that he intended in a twisted sense of humor by claiming himself to be "Gangnam Style" when everything about the song, dance, looks, and the music video is far from being such a high class.[26]
People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it's only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are "Gangnam Style"—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they're not.

lubeybooby Thu 20-Dec-12 10:12:17

Crusty, joyless, miserable, dementor-like fun sapping. HTH.

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 10:14:07

Kids are really not that fuddy duddy as a rule.

For every kid 'mocking' them I'm sure there'll be far more who thought it was brilliant and a lot of fun.

DowntonSprouts Thu 20-Dec-12 10:14:30

It's like the newsreaders on children in need.

Supposedly serious professionals doing something lighthearted and a bit silly.

It doesn't damaged their reputations. It's just tongue in cheek and amusing.

YABVU to try and bring feminist principles into it.

BeautifulBlondePineapple Thu 20-Dec-12 10:14:32

It's just a bit of fun.

Years ago our HT got up at the school talent show and did a version of Tom Jones "Sex Bomb". It was both awful and hilarious and all the kids respected him for being able to get up & have a laugh and make a fool of himself.

But it would have been better if he hadn't also been my dad.

BellaVita Thu 20-Dec-12 10:18:14

Oh fgs, it is a bit of fun.


The head of our primary school is a real hair glued into place, sharp suited leader who runs a really tight ship. At the year 5-6 disco last week she apparently did some sort of gangnam thing (don't really know what gangnam is confused) and the kids thought it was great. Nothing to do with respect or authority, she is extremely well respected by all. It just doesn't hurt to show your softer side once in a while when the situation allows.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:20:35

Oh my goodness. Your father did that?

Beyond mortifying.

Also deeply inappropriate to sing sex bomb to a group of teenagers.

Yea gods I've heard it all now.

cantspel Thu 20-Dec-12 10:22:11

I think you need to loosen your knicker elastic as it is clearly too tight and cutting off the blood supply to your brain.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:24:13

I think you are a knob cantspel to make a comment like that.

gazzalw Thu 20-Dec-12 10:25:24

It's a bit of fun. Funnily enough DD, having seen and loved the Eton schoolboys' version, immediately started suggesting a version for DS's grammar school.

I think it's amazing that there's a song out there that unites people of different generations to have fun and a laugh together!

SantaJaxx Thu 20-Dec-12 10:27:26

YABU. Both my dd's came home singing Gangnam Style after their School Christmas Parties yesterday. And It is a funny song.

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 10:28:32

But it would have been better if he hadn't also been my dad.

Brilliant! grin

My parents had 5 of us and there was always lots of fun in our family when we were growing up.

We're a big Irish family and I have brilliant memories of my Uncles and Aunts doing all manner of silly things at family gatherings.

As a result, we all have a sense of humour and are not afraid to laugh at ourselves and each other.

Life really is too short to be stuck with a cat's bum for a mouth, clutching a string of worn out pearls.

It's just a bit of fun...

FelicityWasSanta Thu 20-Dec-12 10:37:44

OP I think you've fundamentally misunderstood the song and the meaning behind it.

Have you noticed that you are on your own with your outrage?

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:38:48

<clutches pearls>

<channels Margo Leadbetter>

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 10:39:06

Feminist from the perspective that professional female teachers are dancing/prancing to a song with lyrics 'sexy lady' for the entertainment of adolescent boys and to be mocked accordingly.

What about the male teachers?

I don't agree with the feminist argument here. There's nothing inappropriate in the song or in the video they've produced. This is a secondary school! There's no crotch shots, there's nothing in there that could possibly inflame the adolescent male.

If the teenagers at the school think the teachers are a bunch of saddos then they've missed the point. I wonder where that view came from because the teachers look like a lot of fun

DowntonSprouts Thu 20-Dec-12 10:40:14

I agree with cantspel actually. (wonders if I am a knob?!)

Chubfuddler Thu 20-Dec-12 10:40:59

Double po alert at chucking in "it's like feminism never happened" as an attempt at argument top trumps.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:41:02

No I haven't misunderstood it. It's about a man telling a woman how he likes her to behave dressed up as a song about trying to be something you are not.

< enjoys rich irony>

AllThreeWays Thu 20-Dec-12 10:41:42

I am a teacher at a very expensive Grammar school. We did Gangnam style with the head of school included.
The girls roared with approval. Was just a bit of fun. The students really appreciate it when we do little things like that for them.

DowntonSprouts Thu 20-Dec-12 10:44:13

So the irony is that the teachers have dressed up and behaved like something they're not.

It is called humour.

Something sadly lacking on this thread.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:49:24

I don't feel it is an appropriate display of humour considering the participants and the audience. I think the teachers just look rather awkward and they are going to be laughed at rather than with IYSWIM.

It is all rather unsavoury and sad that teachers feel the need to do this sort of thing in order to relate to their pupils.

I will leave it there.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 10:50:39

However I liked the Eton one. Done by pupils. Very slick.

This songs translated lyrics are about him searching for a girlfriend who is lovable and fun like he is. I have just searched them and can't see anything that suggests he wants her to be something she's not.

almapudden Thu 20-Dec-12 10:56:11

You're really boring, OP.

FelicityWasSanta Thu 20-Dec-12 10:57:15

I don't feel it is an appropriate display of humour considering the participants and the audience. I think the teachers just look rather awkward and they are going to be laughed at rather than with IYSWIM.

Forgive me if we don't give your opinion much weight as you have failed to notice that every other poster on this thread is laughing with the teachers and many are talking about similar events up and down the land...

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Thu 20-Dec-12 10:58:15

My sons school just done this too, I may try talk them into putting it on youtube. I think it's hilarious! My son has an 'upbeat dance' teacher and they were all very good.

IncrediblePhatTheInnkeepersCat Thu 20-Dec-12 10:58:17


It's a bit of silly fun. Similar performances will be happening in schools around the country, particularly this week when staff and students are all knackered after a long term.

This will probably out me, but for comic relief a few years ago I went to school in pyjamas (very unsexy ones with clothes underneath) and sang the full version of 'The Big Bang Theory' with actions I'd made up to my year 11 class. It was a running joke for us and they'd been begging me for weeks to show them my actions when I'd accidentally let it slip that I'd made some up.

Didn't affect my authority with them at all. They worked hard and I had a fantastic relationship with them. It helps teenagers to trust you if you can poke fun at yourself occasionally. They can relate to you more. The new teachers who I've seen quit are those who never relaxed in the slightest in front of the students and constantly caused tensions with a rigid me/them attitude. There should be a separation, I'm not there to be their friend, but being able to relax and have a joke really does help the classroom to gel.

A different class I took over in year 11 had had one of these teachers quit on them in year 10, followed by temporary teacher after teacher. They were very wary of me to begin with, though worked hard. Once I demonstrated The Rock's 'people's elbow' signature move (came about through a random conversation, there was a noticeable shift in attitude.

Btw I do spend 90% of my time doing formal teaching, but the 10% conversations/fun/relaxed time is important too!

MrsMelons Thu 20-Dec-12 11:02:25

I think teenagers would actually think it was quite funny TBH. At DS's pre prep/junior school the head teacher dressed as an Angel for their pupils v teachers rugby match. The DCs loved it.

aPirateInaPearTree Thu 20-Dec-12 11:03:00

where did you find out your interpretation of the song op?

ShatnersBassoon Thu 20-Dec-12 11:03:43

I don't feel it is an appropriate display of humour considering the participants and the audience. I think the teachers just look rather awkward and they are going to be laughed at rather than with IYSWIM.

FFS, it's an end of term skit. These things have been going on for decades. I'm amazed anyone could see anything morally reprehensible in it. It's just fun, but you're not the intended audience so you're not going to find it especially funny or be able to laugh along with those in the clip.

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 11:06:00

So you've decided the teachers are going to be laughed at OP?

Given the fact just about everyone on this thread thinks YABU

I think the teachers are quite safe not to trust your judgement grin

mumofthemonsters808 Thu 20-Dec-12 11:08:53

They did a similar thing at my DD's school and she was thrilled to mintballs and it made her laugh that much her sides hurt.For me it is simply good fun and that is what Christmas is all about.The teachers involved have gone up in her estimation and she respects the fact that they can be silly, trendy and relaxed on fun occassions and formal and authoritarian the rest of the year.

manicinsomniac Thu 20-Dec-12 11:09:01

We rewrote the lyrics to make it 'X School Style' (a bit like Eton Style) and performed it as one of the numbers in our staff panto for the kids at the end of this term.

I'm sure we looked ridiculous as we did in all the other numbers but the worse we looked the more the children loved it. It's just entertainment.

Hobbitation Thu 20-Dec-12 11:10:38

I loved to see teachers taking the mick out of themselves like this at school. Made me like them much more. YABU.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 20-Dec-12 11:13:01

BUT all the teachers are dancing and sometimes it's men on the "sexy lady" bit. The are dressed amusingly but actually perfectly well covered (especially the women actually) and there is no suggestive wiggling that I saw just silly dancing. Really missing why this is anti-feminist.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 20-Dec-12 11:16:44


The dance is hardly sexy even if the lyrics do include the words "sexy lady". I imagine it will be very similar to watching the BBC news crews do their hilarious children in need dances.

MrsMelons Thu 20-Dec-12 11:25:06

Just watched it with DS (4) and he was in hysterics!

WFT? YABU. I suggest you look up the translated lyrics, which include lines such as:

"A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensible girl like that"

Because that's a really bad message to be sending out to teens, isn't it? hmm

pigletmania Thu 20-Dec-12 11:54:44

Yabvvvu te teachers are human beings with thir own lives, their souls do not belong to the parents. As long as they were not harming other children and people and had their kit on what's the problem

Rollmops Thu 20-Dec-12 12:06:10

Vulgar and declasse, Utterly. YANBU. Couldn't and wouldn't look the same at the numpties who try, pathetically, to be funny, perhaps, whilst looking absolutely daft. Not amusing nor clever.

bigTillyMincePie Thu 20-Dec-12 12:11:00

YABU you old crusty!

It is a bit of fun. They look ridiculous, they know they look ridiculous, the kids know they look ridiculous, that is why it's a joke hmm

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 12:13:37

Being in the minority doesn't make a person wrong. Flat earthers.

I have looked up the translated lyrics. I don't think women need mens opinions on how they dress or that what makes them 'sexy' should be an issue.

We could go on all day dissecting the lyrics and the possible underlying messages about consumerism much of which is lost in translation. That is a side issue.

My point is we seem to be afraid of having people who we respect and hold in high esteem in our society. This need to' bring people down a peg or two' so we can 'relate' to them is indicative of a fundamental distrust of authority and denial of elitism, which if won by merit, I have no issue with.

I am saddened that adult people find all this necessary. That showing-off and making an ass of yourself to appeal to youth is thought of as the norm now and that if you object you are boring and stuffy.

Why are we now a nation of monstrous exhibitionists?

ChristmasKnackers Thu 20-Dec-12 12:15:42

Its been going on for years and years. An amusing end to a long term. Get over yourself. If they are happy to do it, why not.

Chubfuddler Thu 20-Dec-12 12:22:56

Come on, you've got to be having a larf. You are too Po for words.

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 12:26:51

OP is just reacting to the virtual consensus on MN that she has strayed into Old Fart territory. Feminism didn't work so the next step is a breakdown in society.

If I'm a flat earther I'm a happy flat earther and will be forever grateful that the teachers in my DSs school go to so much effort to make the Christmas assembly a joyful and happy time.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 20-Dec-12 12:27:34

Have you never seen anything of this nature before? Those involved will have done it voluntarily, for the amusement of those that know them. Have you never done something daft to make others laugh?

I'm struggling to understand why you're outraged by it and viewing it as a sorry reflection of the state of our society. Do you have a connection to the school?

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 12:29:22

This is one of those MN parallel universe threads isn't it?

showmethetoys Thu 20-Dec-12 12:29:50

OP you have the prize for being the dullest poster I have ever come across on Mumsnet.

LimeLeafLizard Thu 20-Dec-12 12:42:03

YABU - the video is a bit of silly fun, nothing more. Teachers have been involved in end of term silliness for years, it is not a new thing. I personally wouldn't want myself posted on YouTube, but if they do, well thats their choice.

OP, some of the replies here are quite personally rude to you, just ignore them.

SusanneLinder Thu 20-Dec-12 12:44:10


Two of my teen DD's teachers are in the am dram local panto.One is the panto dame complete with very large boobies and the other has an equally ridiculous outfit.grin They went to see it.I believe there may have been some gangam style dancing,lots of silly jokes and singing. The bloody loved it and had a great time!

In fact DD has said that she loves them more for not being so stuffy!

fuzzypicklehead Thu 20-Dec-12 12:47:44

"Nobody needs to see middle-aged teachers flapping their flaccid bits around. "

Ohhhhh. I see. Only young and attractive people are allowed to dance.

QueenieLovesEels Thu 20-Dec-12 12:50:18

Actually I still hold with the view that it is a feminist issue that professional women feel the need to dance to a song with the only intelligible lyrics of 'sexy lady' in an environment where they are models for young men.

That's not to detract from the example given by the men in this who are crotch waggling and acting like loons.


I'd rather be considered dull and be prepared to speak out on something that I feel is important........

Ask yourself how voluntary any of this is when someone who objects to it on a forum is given a barrage of insults in response.

Very few of you seem to stand for anything lest you be accused of lacking in 'fun'.

Nothing more tiresome than a lot of old sheep.

Best wishes,

Old Fart x wink

SusanneLinder Thu 20-Dec-12 12:58:48

Erm OP-I know some people have been rude on here, but not all of us have.And just because the vast majority don't agree with youm we are all sheep are we?

I didn't even bother to read the replies till after I had posted mine, cos I think you are wrong.And if you feel so strongly about it, and are going to be rude to everyone, why did you bloody bother asking for our opinion?hmm

Rollmops Thu 20-Dec-12 13:01:37

A nation of monstrous exhibitionists, with, sadly, nothing worthwhile to exhibit; trumpeting a ghastly demand that all must be brought down a peg, to lowest common denominator.
Merry XMas and like, innit.

[looks down from high horse]

showmethetoys Thu 20-Dec-12 13:11:15

Actually, my comment was a bit rude and personal, apologies for that.

OP, which part of the whole thing is it that you have an objection to? Is it the fact that they are teachers? That they are female teachers? Would a different profession have been better, or if they had been male? What if they were kids doing it? Or is it the song that you dont like? Would it have been ok if it were teachers doing it, but to a different song? Or do you just object to anything at all that portrays teachers as human beings?

Believe me, I cannot stand attention seeking 'Oh look at me, I am just kerazy' types, but I do not see anything wrong with this at all.

catgirl1976geesealaying Thu 20-Dec-12 13:24:40

this is our local schools effort

I think they've done a good job grin

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Thu 20-Dec-12 13:28:20

That's ace!

"Where we copy and paste our prep" grin

boschy Thu 20-Dec-12 13:32:11

this isn't real, is it? is it? IMO the best teachers are the ones that maintain discipline all year round and have enough self-confidence to have fun with their students when it is appropriate.

catgirl1976geesealaying Thu 20-Dec-12 13:33:01

I loved it...thought they'd put a lot of effort in grin

AudrinaWhiteChristmasAdare Thu 20-Dec-12 13:34:50

It's the best dancing I've seen in any of them.

FoofFighter Thu 20-Dec-12 13:37:26

Nice way to increase hits stealthily wink

Jins Thu 20-Dec-12 13:42:07

I'm not linking the one from DSs school. There were moments that nearly made me lose my breakfast grin

TapirAroundTheChristmasTree Thu 20-Dec-12 14:16:09

OP - "Am I BU?"
MN - "Yes"
OP - "But but you're all a bunch of sheep...."

I remember being in primary school where the teachers performed the xmas play every year. The headmaster took great delight in dressing up as a woman and popping his fake boobs for us - cue much hysterical laughter.

Lovecat Thu 20-Dec-12 14:18:03

Oh dear, OP. You would hate the school my friend teaches at. She, the HT and 2 male teachers re-enacted the Single Ladies dance at an end of term assembly a few years ago. The male teachers wore fright wigs, black leotards and high heels a la Justin Timberlake... it was brilliant.

As for the feminism argument.... I'm a fully paid up humourless feminist (I have a badge and everything) but I can't see the problem here. I think you're looking for ways to be offended now.

peacefuloptimist Thu 20-Dec-12 14:56:04

I agree OP it's very cringey. It could have been good if they had done it well (like the MIT university gangnam video - it's hilarious) but there's looks very forced. As if some of them were doing it unwillingly.

PickledInAPearTree Thu 20-Dec-12 17:33:10

Am I being a bit crusty - yes

Oh now its a serious feminist issue and your all sheep.


IvanaNapAfterChristmasDinner Thu 20-Dec-12 17:47:08

I thought this was going to be about Tadcaster Grammar School doing their Tad Gram Style for children in need, YouTube link grin

Catchy bugger, isn't it?! I need a cup of Yorkshire Tea now...

RedToothbrush Thu 20-Dec-12 17:57:57

I thought more people had seen this: Afghan Style by 21 Engineer Regiment

I'm thinking if its ok for troops to do it, its fine for teachers. Both respectable positions.

Red- that was on BBC Breakfast this morning, twas cool. Even Tesco are in on the Gangnam style¡

susanann Thu 20-Dec-12 18:18:35

my teachers used to do an end of year show. It was always very funny and we looked forward to it for weeks. I think they gained more respect because they were prepared to make fools of themselves. Our strict maths teacher dressed up as a woman, never expected that! Was hilarious. Sorry dont understand your objections, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Thu 20-Dec-12 18:24:03

My nephew's school recently raised £300 at a PT fundraiser with the teachers doing this.

Although it's a mixed state primary and it was mostly quite hot male teachers doing it, if that makes a difference hmm.

Two of my male teachers dressed in drag and performed RESPECT at our school prom. It was 21 years ago and I still laugh whenever I hear that song.

Lighten up - it's Christmas grin!

Rudolphstolemycarrots Thu 20-Dec-12 18:38:34

The kids will love this! My DS and I sat through the whole thing and thought it was great fun.

Teachers can have a sense of humor you know

FobblyWoof Thu 20-Dec-12 18:43:56

At my schools annual talent show five of our male teachers dressed up as the spice girls. grin it was certainly a sight! We were in hysterics, but it didn't make a difference to our attitude towards the teachers involved (other than some light ribbing).

So I think YAB just a little bit U, but I can see why you would think that. And thank you so much because id forgotten the above story until I read this thread smile

Emmielu Thu 20-Dec-12 18:54:12

when I was at school the teachers did 12 days of Christmas and one teacher was always the goose laying. looking back he did a very good job of looking like a constipated goose. We used to love it and to be honest why not let the teachers have some fun.

FelicityWasSanta Thu 20-Dec-12 19:18:16

Actually I still hold with the view that it is a feminist issue that professional women feel the need to dance to a song with the only intelligible lyrics of 'sexy lady' in an environment where they are models for young men.

IMO it would be a feminst issue if proffesional women were prevented from taking an equal part with their male colleagues in a silly dance routine in front of their pupils.

They are role models- it is so very important that our young people realise that you can be successful, authoritarian, clever AND able to laugh at yourself. or else they might turn out like you

And OP we are not berating you for not being a sheep and joining in with the dance, we are berating you for making up reasons to be offended and for refusing to acknowledge the point of view of virtually everyone else on the thread.

AnyoneforTurps Thu 20-Dec-12 20:04:13

Having just watched it on Youtube, I conclude that:

a) Secondary school teachers still look exactly the same as when I were a lass smile

b) Boston grammar school must screen out anyone with a sense of rhythmn when recruiting staff

c) the OP is unbelievably uptight & possibly a member of the taliban.

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 20:55:10

Turps!! grin

I spluttered my last mouthful of Lucozad pink lemonade and it's limited edition sad

willowberry Thu 20-Dec-12 21:02:02

YABU Times change, thank goodness. It sounds like this teacher has a good sense of humour and can relate to the kids. If teachers don't have a good relationship with pupils, they have nothing and it's impossible to teach them anything. Why not link your hands infront of yourself and then jig whislt transfereing your weight from one foot to the other, stay on the balls of your feet, that's right, now you're Ganghaming and doesn't it feel good? All those pretentious cares about self image just melt away. Now chase people along the street doing it and you will be freeeee!

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Thu 20-Dec-12 21:10:42

Have just watched it now I've put DD to bed - it's bloody brilliant!!! grin

Mr Weaver (I think from the comments - long hair, beard and sandals?) is a total dude - I wish this was our local high school!

FWIW I think a lot of teenagers will have more respect for their teachers after seeing that, as they will realise that they are human beings too.

Blu Thu 20-Dec-12 21:23:31

1. "writhing"? where?

2. It's nothing to do with wanting to 'relate' to the kids!

3. OP, do your DC respect you? Do you have authority in your home? Have they NEVER seen you dancing, doubtless in a way they consider embarrassing and uncool?

My mum sent me a xmas email today with m beautiful 4yo DD's face super imposed on gangnam.... She then went into a 'poor me' sulk when I said it was creepy and innaprpriate. YANBU.

FivesGoldNorks Thu 20-Dec-12 22:52:47

Can someone please explain to me what is involved in "doing" gangham style? I don't understand

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 22:55:21

It's a hoppity skippety sort of dance Norks

You'll have to Youtube it really grin

PickledInAPearTree Thu 20-Dec-12 22:58:52

Ooooooo sexy ladeeeeeeez

TiaMariaandEggnog Thu 20-Dec-12 23:01:57

have a look at the 'Antrim Grammar Style' one - local school here doing something similar - written and performed byt he pupils, with support of staff and teachers - I think its brilliant! - They learned so much doing it too - choreography, photography, creative writing (lyrics) etc etc - a really fun way of learning

WorraLorraTurkey Thu 20-Dec-12 23:02:57

Yes Pickled what do you want? grin

DalekInAFestiveJumper Thu 20-Dec-12 23:39:07

When I was in school, several of the teachers attempted an assortment of breakdancing moves in an assembly. I do goofy stuff in front of my students too. Sometimes a laugh goes a log way to defusing a stressful classroom situation, particularly post-exams.

Happymum22 Fri 21-Dec-12 01:15:00

head of a very respectable highly academic girls independent school that my DD attends appaently did something to do with gangham style (no idea what DD refuses to show me the video on facebook!)

She is was previously not too good at connecting with the girls and wasn't totally respected. Since this she certainly is.
Like OP said, I didn't choose a highly traditional school, I chose an innovative and effective school. The pupils love for their school is incredible and hence their ambition and motivation.

exaltedwombat Fri 21-Dec-12 18:34:59

Ok, Queenie, you've got your publicity for Boston Grammar School Gangnam. Nice one!

RabidCarrot Fri 21-Dec-12 18:46:30

The teachers did this at my DSs school and it is on you tube and I think it is totally funny, lots of money raised for tearfund too

ILikeWhisperingToo Fri 21-Dec-12 18:57:52

Argh - guess what's been in my head since yesterday and skimming this thread?! hmm

VivaLeBeaver Fri 21-Dec-12 20:00:58

maternity Gangnam style

I can't find the Boston school one.

BillyBollyBrandy Fri 21-Dec-12 20:02:32

We made our economics teachers do YMCA at our xmas play.

In a singlet and shorts.

BillyBollyBrandy Fri 21-Dec-12 20:07:31

The "We got Eton Style" one is good too

zippy539 Fri 21-Dec-12 20:47:47

Sorry but I loved this. I would be extremely chuffed if the teachers at my ds school could be bothered to put something like this together - it shows real humour, humanity and an appreciation of the pupils (given that they are the intended audience).

lunabay Fri 21-Dec-12 21:03:48

We (Teachers) did it for Children in Need and the children loved it, and to tell the truth so did the teachers. We did not do any groin thrusting or thigh slapping,so it was family friendly.That kind of things brings the whole school together

80Furr Fri 21-Dec-12 23:00:35

Santa apparently did Gangnam style at my kids infant school Christmas Party today. It was the highlight of their day.

Is Santa a misogynist??

Eatenthebiscuit Sat 22-Dec-12 20:54:42

It was in my daughter's nativity play (infant school - age 4-7) with adapted words. Yet they are banned from saying the word Sexy at school. Felt that was sending rather mixed messages - glamorising yet banning it at the same time. So I am sitting on the fence on this one!

CaHoHoHootz Sat 22-Dec-12 21:17:10

I think it is really funny. If my teachers had done that I would have cringed but I would have laughed.
There is nothing wrong with it at all

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