Pop Quiz: Doodling Dongs
Throughout my training to become a teacher there was one area that was woefully neglected. It is something that I have to deal with on a weekly basis in one form or another. I am talking about the epidemic of drawing penises all over my classroom. Go ahead laugh, it is ridiculous that this is a thing, but when I was a new teacher I was never warned about the number of penis drawings I would have to remove from things in my room. They get drawn on my classroom tables. They get draw on my bulletin board, on the background paper and on my posters. There are students who come to me asking for another copy of a paper because someone drew a penis on it.
There is all kinds of graffiti that happen in a classroom. The tables in my room are dark and so the graffiti is usually only viewable by the students that are near it. Some of it is quite beautiful. I’ve seen intricate drawings and read original poems. Some of it is ugly, mean spirited taunts and racial slurs. Luckily there is more of the former and less of latter, but the most common has to be the doodles. Geometric patterns, little figures, squiggly lines and penises.
Maybe it says something about me that I don’t understand the allure of drawing a penis on a desk, wall or poster, but there has to be one. Maybe it is a quick and easy shape to doodle, one oval and two circles seems to be the most prevalent.
After spending some time after school with a bottle of rubbing alcohol, which nicely removes ink from laminated posters, this is my ridiculous question for you. Why? Why draw penises on things? Am I the only one out here that has to deal with this?