I can't decide if I think this is terrible or awesome. On one hand, I think it's fine that teachers joke around with their students, but probably calling them a "loser" on a graded assignment isn't the best way to go. On the other hand, maybe that little girl is a loser and maybe she needs to hear it. I knew plenty of kids throughout my years in school that could have benefited from hearing, "Hey Johnny - you suck at (subject). Let's put you in the remedial class." Focus: Discuss the story. Do you think it's appropriate for a teacher to call a student a "loser" (or something similar) if they think it'll motivate the student to do better? Alt. Focus: What's the most fucked up thing a teacher has ever said to you/accused you of doing?