for The Tard Blog
Riti Sped quit or get another job?
Believe it or not,
Riti really does like her job. In her own words,
love it. I love kids. I enjoy knowing that I am enriching the lives of my kids
each and every day. The hundreds of cards I have from my kids and their parents
is proof of this. I love to chase the kids, mess with them (in a NICE way--like
peek-a-boo and shit). Also it is nice because the kids believe anything I tell
them. For instance, it is a well-known fact in my class that I in fact built the
school in three days, by myself. I could use my degree which is in no way
related to my profession, and do something else. My friends always ask me,
"Why don't you use your degree and make some real money?" But this
would not allow me to do several things that I like. For instance:
1. Laugh at
my life on a daily basis
2. Eagerly await
the daily smorgasbord of unusual events
3. Lead an entire
class to believe I am the best person in the world
4. Order people
(aides) twice my age to do shit for me
And no, I don't
make a lot of money. This does not bother me or even slightly persuade me to
change careers. As long as I have money to drink myself into a stupor 4 nights a
week and wear nice shit, I don't care. I will never
quit my job because I love it."
Riti, if you
like your job so much, why do you make fun of your retarded students? Why would
you put this page up?
off, Riti does not make fun of her students.
Humor has several uses, and not all are to ridicule or debase. This page should
be seen in the same light as surgeons or paramedics making jokes about injured
people, or psychiatrists making light of their mentally deranged patients: The
people in those fields use humor as a way to relieve the daily stress and
aggravation of their very difficult jobs. Paramedics and doctors, especially
battlefield surgeons, are renowned for making sick jokes about their patients
during their off-time. They do this as way to relieve the horrific stress of
their jobs. If they don't release the emotional tension through humor, then it
has to come out some other way, hence the saying, "If I don't laugh I'll
have to cry." Being a special education teacher is not substantially
different. Riti Sped works with children that have profound and substantive
disabilities, and would never be anything but loving, caring and helpful to her
students, but on her own time, she, like all sped teachers, must find a way to
relieve the stress of a very difficult and emotionally trying job. This is her
humor employed on the page is Riti's own special, sarcastic brand, and though it
does seem rather mean and vitriolic at times, it must be remembered that these
are printed jokes in a medium that is wholly separate from her interaction with
her students, and sees a side of her personality that her students generally do
In her words,
you ever met me, you wouldn't think I was mean. I am very compassionate,
insightful and have a general concern for society. But that wouldn't be very
funny on this page, would it?"
this for real? Can you be serious?
Yes. Everything on this page is absolutely and completely true. This is not a
parody or a satire or created fiction of the demented mind of Brody Voss. The
pictures should be enough proof of that. Riti composes every story directly from
the real life events of her job as a special education teacher, and Brody edits
them and posts them on the site. There is no need for embellishment or lies in a
job such as hers.
course, even though I say that, all of this could be invented by me. Who
I feel bad for laughing at these stories?
Absolutely not. These are stories related by a special education teacher and
written with the intent of making the reader laugh. To that end, there is a much
sharper edge to the stories than there is to Riti Sped's behavior towards her
students. If you separate the page from the teacher, then you should have no
problem laughing at these stories. Now, if you made
fun of a retarded person in a cruel way to their face, or was intentionally mean
or cruel to a retarded person that you met, then you are a horrible person and should be
Laughing at this page is no different than laughing at Dead Baby
jokes. No one would laugh at an actual dead baby, but the jokes, in a separate
context, are nonetheless funny.
do you use the word "tard?" Isn't this a horrible thing to call them?
decided on the word "tard" mainly because it is not a
word. We picked it for this reason, and thus we can assign our own meaning to
the word "tard."
using "tard" we no not mean necessarily mean "retarded,"
"stupid," "slow," or any other such word that carries a
negative connotation with it. We did not call this the "Retard Blog"
or the "Really Stupid Kid Blog" because that is not what it is. This
is a journal that is written about the daily happenings in a special
education/behavioral disorder classroom.
children in Riti's class have a myriad of issues, and no two are alike. Some fit
under the conventional definition of "mentally retarded," or
"developmentally impaired," if you prefer that term. Some are
autistic. Some have highly developed neuroses. Others simply have
are assigning the word "tard" to all of them as a way of classifying
all of them together. For instance, when Riti says something about "her
tards," she is referring to everyone in her class.
an entomological perspective, the definition of "tard," as we use it,
could be something as follows:
n., A student in a class that is set aside for children with some sort of
special need, e.g. metal retardation, autism, behavioral disorders, etc,
generally referred to as Special Education classes.
you think it is a derogatory word, then that is your problem, not ours, and
reflects the biases and issues you bring to the table, not us.