I have been pleasantly surprised by the members of the Middle School Mafia who are under my
control supervision at The Young Human Factory. I have only twice been subjected to rage and unspoken threats, and one of those came from a parent.
In fact, they show a delightful willingness to throw themselves into the deep end of the pool of knowledge and understanding. The following are first-semester highlights:
- “I am good at spelling, reading and riting.” (On a very confident self-assessment!)
- “Do ‘women of color’ come in all colors or just some colors?” (Asked by a student categorized as POC and when the term was explained, said dubiously, “Isn’t that racist?”)
- A drawing of a girl and a bucket of water. (A response to “What image comes to mind when you think of the protagonist? Write a brief response.”)
- “Is there a movie of this book?” – pause to hear “no” – “We should read another book.” (This was followed by an explanation of how tech-using kids today need to have audio and visual versions because reading letters on a page is something people did before the invention of cellphones.)