Every year it's the same. Last week Listo wrote about the difficulties adjusting to a new class. I couldon't agree more.
Having said all that I think my class may be starting to win me over.
Check this out.
We were discussing immigration and I was attempting to extract some ideas from them. I was trying to make the point that outside of New York City things are rather different. I was thinking Nineteenth century german farmer heading to the fertile pastures of the Midwest. I was thinking space. I was thinking open farmland and healthy, natural living far away from the Russian pogroms and the German Kulturkampf.
Me: "When you leave New York City, What do you notice when you look out of the car window?"
Kid 1: "People are nicer"
At this point a bunch of hands spring up so I start picking them off.
Kid 2: "Yeah, people in New York curse all the time".
Kid 3: "People don't smoke as much outside the city".
Kid 4: "People in New York are mean and they curse".
Kid 5: "People upstate are quieter and more polite".
And it went on, a litany of fantastic complaints from some of New York's Third Graders. Of course, Woe betide anyone outside of New York daring to criticise any aspect of the Four Boroughs in front of these kids.