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This led to a ridiculous solicitation about living presidents, since they were all gathered recently for the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Some students were vaguely aware of the existence of a President Bush (did they know there were two? No.), none knew about President Clinton, and Carter? Who's he? Here's my interaction with my classes on the subject of Jimmy Carter, along with other little gems of wisdom over the years.
- Who was president in between Ford and Reagan? The last name starts with a "C", and the first name is Jimmy." "Jimmy Neutron!" (Jimi Hendrix was also guessed, but Jimmy Carter was not). Setting aside the fact that neither name starts with a "C", how many different ways is this incorrect? At least Jimi Hendrix was an actual person! Jimmy Neutron?
- "I be tired", a student tells me. "I am tired", I say, trying to fix the subject-verb agreement. Obviously mistaking my rephrasing for a statement of commiseration, he replies, "yeah, but you're old."
- What day was Wednesday?
- I had a student talk to his mother about how he does not do his homework. He put her on hold and said to me "My mother wants to know why I don't do homework". I swear this true.
Any off the wall wisdom from your classroom to share? Let's compile them.