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Teachers talk - but, can't hear themselves or anybody else

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Submitted by E Kurtock (United States), Feb 13, 2007 at 23:41

Years a go for a short time, I set-up employee benefit packages, back in the day of the very first pre-tax payroll deductible benefits. I met with all kinds of employees.

I always dreaded working with the 'teachers'. Elementary, High School teachers 'not so much'. But, I have to say the toughest to work with were, University Professors! They never stopped drifting away from the subject matter at hand (their money). They couldn't resist lecturing me about their opinions, they often had to prove to me that they were smarter than I was (they were). Also, how there isn't a subject they didn't know more than I (including employee benefits, they didn't).

I think it's the nature of the job - they're paid to teach -be the Subject Matter Expert. They have a very hard time it seems, to admit when they are wrong - no matter how obvious it may be.

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