Highschoolers Say the Darndest Things

My younger brother (often referred to on this blog as Younger Brother) is a teacher of highschool age children. This is awesome for me because:

  1. As a teacher, he is useful as a reference point for my wildly inaccurate drunken boasts, and
  2. His teacherhood has found and catolouged gems like this:

(The following a copy/past of an email that was sent by Younger Brother)

My quote of the week today:
“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling it a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” – Abe Lincoln
I go over the quote and then talk about what it means, being honest with yourself and things like that. This one student, funny kid, of course takes it off on a new tangent while I’m trying to be serious. He’s like “Aww how sweet would that be! The tail would be like a wheelie bar and the dog could just ride wheelies all over the place!”
Totally threw me for a loop. I was laughing for like 10 minutes. Maybe you had to be there, but I was cracking up.
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2 Responses to Highschoolers Say the Darndest Things

  1. I used to coach High School track and field. One of my favorite things to do was write down the phrases and words kids would say and then the next year in coaching the same kids I would use those phrases from last year. The kids thought I sounded stupid and I would just respond “Exactly!”

  2. Cecelia Tucker says:

    I taught junior high and high school Home Ec/FACS for thirty four years so not only did I hear many funny comments, I witnessed many funny episodes of kids (mostly boys) doing absurd things with sewing and cooking equipment. I thought I had seen it all with the various ways pins and needles could be abused and the objects they thought they should sew through (pencil????). One day a SENIOR, one who had already committed to service in military on day after midyear graduation, removed his tongue puncture apparatus and inserted his ball point pen through the space in his tongue and proceeded to show us how he had developed the ability to write his name with his tongue. I was very grossed out but had to admire his creativity and have wondered if he ended up in Iraq or Afghanistan and if his ability to think outside the pencil box helped him in any way. I appreciate that he left me with a lasting memory of the craziness of high school kids…..it is indeed a special time in human development.

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