Mr. Wizard's a Dick

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Whitey 4000 : We all thought this was hilarious as kids. Our teachers were exactly the same.

cqtaylor : It's kinda refreshing to see an adult not patronize kids. ... Of course he was a dick, but it taught them to think on their feet.

duckpwnd : Mr Wizard was not a dick. Knowing when you're wrong is an important part of science (and life in general). If you'll notice, none of those kids were upset and some even seemed amused. Now, you'd have college students that would start crying if one of their professors talked to them like this. It's pitiful.

cj van : If it was to air today, it would sound more like, "I am so sorry Billy, but that is incorrect. Here's your trophy."

MrEverything : This is how teachers should teach and we wouldn't be turning out a generation of entitled, vapid, little brats.

Human Abstract : The funniest part? despite only showing these cuts, this guy still seems like the most patient person on earth and obviously loves working with children.

Wiggins : "But instead of putting paper clips from here, we're going to put Ashley." "WHAT?!?"

AndroidDoctorr : I think we should tell kids they're right even when they're wrong. Surely they'll function well as adults then.

thunt9292 : Back in the days when kids could hang out alone with an old man and it wasn't concerning

Mental Set : No confidence in the science at all!

HeftyJo : I used to watch Mr. Wizard religiously as a kid. And yes he would jump down the kids throats but most of them deserved it. I was hot in the pants for that short haired girl that was on there all the time.

Leone Kaiser : He's straight forward, but made the viewers grow a thick skin.

PeeboTyson : We're going to need another Timmy!

Beau Jaymes : He wasn't mean. That's how people were challenged back then. The world is just overly sensitive. People want things done for them. Mr wizard taught you how to think for yourself.

Patrick94GSR : I remember most all those episodes. When I was little I used to think he was the same guy as Picard on Star Trek TNG (Patrick Stewart).

bwc1976 : Too funny! He was an awesome guy, these are just edited and taken out of context.

Old Man Strength : bill nye is a punk Mr Wizard is OG

AllForTheGame : this is how i treat my employees.

william wulffleff : We need some old school teaching in today's world people are just to politically correct

ForeverMasterless : I remember watching this all the time as a kid and thinking most of these kids deserve what they get cause they're kinda dumb, but also knowing that he's mostly just being a cheeky old man and joking around regardless. My grandpa does the same thing. This man is a fantastic teacher. Wanted him to be my teacher as a kid, still do, lol .

BooBoo Bear : Mr. Wizard was from the old school WWII generation, when people were straight with one another.  Unlike today, when they'll stab you right in the back while they smile at you.

sunny4lady : Too bad, the uploader and many of the commenters are the prime example of how the self-esteem movement created little self entitled brats...

kev3d : He reminds me of a high school chemistry teacher of mine who always seemed sour and never missed an opportunity to berate students who got something wrong, as opposed to trying to figure out how one came to the wrong conclusion and correcting the thought process.    One of this favorite expressions was "not even close" whenever a student would answer or suppose incorrectly.  Of course, this was the same chemistry teacher who mixed chemicals in the wrong proportion, causing a nasty smelling (perhaps toxic...we never knew for sure) exothermic reaction which got so hot so quickly that the mixing beaker shattered.  His answer as to why this particular mix was wrong?  "I don't know" and then he refused to discuss it any further.   Way to go, teacher.   Nothing says nurturing young minds like insulting kids whenever they say something incorrect and getting defensive whenever you yourself make a mistake.   He pretty much turned me off to chemistry until I was well out of high school.   Well done, Mr. E.     I still hate you.  

M Vitellaro : You can't blow up a babies nursing nipple?

Vinceくん : LOL @ Ashley's WAT

Josephine Lithius : That was _amazing_.  *laughs* I forgot how condescending he could be to those kids. Kind of like Bob Barker back when he hosted _The Price is Right_, but somehow more mean.

Pope Pherd : Mr Wizard needs to throat-punch the "climate change" out of Bill Nye.

TaTan : He seems like a mild for of Red. (from that 70's show)

9ner : Not gonna lie, this is how I teach English to my students. Kids love sarcastic teachers that don't coddle them too much. It may hurt them a little to hear they're wrong, but when kids are lauded for paying attention and being correct, their souls light up. Got a big raise today partly because of using a Mr. Wizard style. Don't encourage emotional responses; encourage perseverance and confidence.

BiN4RY : I don't understand how this is even remotely offensive to anyone.

JoeCnNd : at the end you should have made mr wizard give the finger outside of the car window.

Luke S. : Back when Nickelodeon was real. Pinwheel, anyone? :)

Chris Slade : I absolutely loved this show as a kid. I used to watch it every morning before I had to rush out to the bus. Amazing how things I learned in this show, are things I use even today, at 37 years old. Honestly, I'm astonished at some of the "science" shows out there, where people are flaberghasted at the things I learned from Mr. Wizard when I was 6-10 years old.

NorthernWindNut : Lol had plenty of professors like him. And guess what I learned the most from them.

Sully : hey I'm grump...

2ruthfox82 : I grew up to be like mr wizard.....

Shell A. : The original shade king 😁

Robert : That's a funny compilation. I enjoyed it - kind of. He wasn't really a dick. That's just an illusion that can occur when statements are taken out of context. The illusion is magnified when several such examples are presented in quick succession. It's a simple scientific principle Mr. Wizard could have explained away very easily

Ron Sherman : I wouldn't judge his teaching style too harshly.  As a middle school science teacher, I have seen the "rules of engagement" change over the years.  Combative tactics which used to stimulated kids to think (without taking offense) now only alienate today's students.  I find that my students these days are more compliant, but I would much prefer a fighting spirit, hungry for answers, probing for greater understanding.  There was a deeper rapport, as students searched for greater understanding of their world (and beyond).  The Wow factor has greatly diminished.

ECO dom : genius. great editing. i never remembered that aspect of his demeanor as a child!  this video is too easy to watch over and over.

samb : Compared to the way parents were in the 90s, Mr. Wizard was Jesus.

A.M CAST : I can picture George Carlin being like Mr. Wizard if he were a teacher.

wonkydude1 : Yes, allowing the kids to do the experiments incorrectly and hurt themselves would certainly be kinder.

Dashiell Gregory : Grump Bump

Dewey Breaux : Mr. Wizard: instead of putting paper clips in here were going to put ashley. Kid:WHAT!

nnneptune : This was funny..but, everything was taken out of context, so it's not truly realistic!  I loved his dry sense of humor!

Captain Doomsday : In real life, you learn a sense of humor or you stay on 4Chan. This man taught kids to appreciate quality dickery.

PappaGoober : Hey I'm Grump

Beebskadoo B : When I grow up I want to be just like him!!! Come to think of it... I'm already there.

MrDr0ctagon : This generation of Bill Nye soft skinned kids will never survive the coming winter.