Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Third Grade moments.

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.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's always the case , we can diss ourselves but nobody else can.

You would do the same,you'd defend
Brooklyn-New York just the same

You are becoming more Brooklyn everyday and less Norfolk,Norwich? I forget

Listmaker said...

i love the fact that you have eliminated staten island (i assume) from your discussion of the city since you only mention 4 bouroughs. f staten island.

Mondale said...

Listmaker, you can read my mind (and my blog)

ms.bri said...

Um. I think I dislike your class just a little bit more now. Traitors.

Mondale said...

Why are they traitors?

bri said...

Against their city! They are failing to toe the party line that New Yorkers are actually much nicer than the stereotype. They are speaking ill of their own ilk. Bad, bad 3rd grade. I told you it was a lumpish year.

bri said...

Against their city! They are failing to toe the party line that New Yorkers are actually much nicer than the stereotype. They are speaking ill of their own ilk. Bad, bad 3rd grade. I told you it was a lumpish year.

Mondale said...

But that's the point, They can kvetch about new Yorkers because they are New Yorkers.

weasel said...

"Kevtch" doesn't sound right coming out of your mouth/keyboard. It's like the British chap I met who had been living in Alabama for a few years and insisted on adding "y'all" in a cut glass home counties accent to every sentence.