Monday, November 13, 2006

 

No Sheep

Sunday night, at the dinner table:

The Wife: TB, Daddy and I have a conference with your teacher next week. She'll tell us all about how well you're doing at school.

The Boy: At listening?

TW: Yes, and reading, and math, and being nice to your friends.

TB: And listening?

TW: Yes, and we know you're doing really well.

TB: At listening?

TW: What is the fixation with listening? School is more than listening. We don't want you to be a sheep.

The Girl (sweetly): No sheep.

DD: (muffled laugh)

TW shoots me the “you're not helping” look.

TB: Sheep?

TW: You shouldn't just take orders. School is about learning.

TB: Learning to listen?

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I shouldn't worry. TB and I had a good conversation about that on Saturday.

TB: I wish I was six.

DD: Why?

TB: 'Cause if I was older, I'd know more. I want to learn things faster! I'm tired of not knowing things!

That's my boy. No sheep here.

Comments:
No, definitely no sheep!
 
Nice blog. It's funny how only the very specific and the very local seems truly interesting. I know our writing tutors told us this, but we keep forgetting.
 
So cute - and clever, too!

How interesting that your wife downplayed the importance of listening, when my ongoing refrain has been 'be sure to listen to the teacher.' She has a point!
 
Hmm...an awful lot of emphasis on listening. It makes me wonder what the classroom atmosphere is like. I can see why The Wife would be concerned that he's got the idea that school is about listening, rather than learning...
 
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