Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Almost perfect

The lesson topic was cause and effect: poor choice, hence the fact that the students fell silent with about 15 minutes still to run. In sheer desperation, I brought up the topic of polar bears and how they might be preserved.

SHE: "Why don't we just move them all to the South Pole?"

This was truly beyond anything I'd expected; childlike in its simplicity and brilliance. It broke my heart to have to point out a small but significant flaw in the plan.

ME: "And how long exactly would it be before all the penguins were dead?"

SHE: "Ah, right..."


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