No Pomegranates Professor: Teacher rants, yells about fruit


What I wanna know is what this professor has against pomegranates. I mean sure, they look like you just murdered someone after you ate them and they don’t come out of your clothes after, but I don’t feel that this heart-healthy fruit deserves it. Leave. Pomegranate. Alone.

Dr. Jane Martino was performing an exercise in her developmental psychology class and went on a very loud, very animated anti-pomegranate tirade.

No Pomegranates Professor: Teacher rants, yells about fruit

While many people believed the professor was having a breakdown, another student clarified the situation in a tweet. “It was a development psychology class. It’s how to not teach kids to dislike/like something,” he stated. It definitely puts things into perspective.

Martino explained she was discussing how useless the word “no” is. Refusing pomegranates to her students was like telling your children not to do drugs. By just saying you can’t have them it flags the situation in their head without giving any helpful context.

Martino told International Business Times, “Before making a big deal about it the students were not thinking about [pomegranates]. Afterward they sure were! Tell your kids what to think about and just skip the ‘no’ part.”

I don’t know about you, but I would totally bring a pomegranate to her class tomorrow. What do you think of Martino’s argument, is it effective to talk about why you’re saying no to a particular thing, or is saying no enough?

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