'If The Whole Idea Of Math Is Offensive To You, Well, Sorry': Teacher's Awesome Syllabus

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A high school math teacher’s syllabus is eliciting rounds of applause from readers around the internet today.

The teacher is Tim Hurry from Homewood High School in, you guessed it, Homewood, Alabama.

Hurry’s syllabus is being praised for its no nonsense, but still humorous, approach.

Here’s what he has to say about homework:

"Expect homework to be given every night. How often? EVERY NIGHT. Are you sure you are coming to grips with this? EVERY NIGHT. If you are the type of student who, in the past, has said, 'I don't do homework,' then please change your habits immediately or you will get hammered."

He holds his kids to high standards of work ethic:

You will have to work your tail off, especially early on, to get the hang of what is expected and, therefore, to do well. In the past, other teachers may have tried to frighten you by saying this and they may have been bluffing.

I, on the other hand, am for real. If you don’t plan on doing the work at a very high level, day in and day out, then you are in for a very rude awakening. Are you hearing me?


He gets along with everyone well:

I can only think of one student in my previous 21 years of teaching that I truly could not stand to be around, and last I heard he had spent time “locked-up.”

It’s probably not a good idea to curse in his class:

I will not swear/cuss/whatsoever in class (I will save all of mine for the ride home on hwy 280 – just kidding). … I would appreciate it if you would not use inappropriate language, either, while you are in my classroom.
I’m not suggesting that I think less of you because you might occasionally swear or that I’m completely above this sort of behavior myself (I’m Scott/Irish/Italian & my father was in the military – I’m very versed with this kind of “language”).

I’m just saying THIS classroom is not the place for it. Also, if something I say happens to offend you, please bring it to my attention after class and I will try my best to accommodate you. If the whole idea of math is offensive to you, well, sorry.

More than anything, he just wants his kids to succeed:

I AM ON YOUR SIDE and I really want to help you succeed. Please figure this out early. I really am a pretty decent fellow.”

Want to see more of Hurry’s syllabus? Here’s the complete document, courtesy of


H/T: IJReview