I am not proud of this.
I spent a whole week on interactive lessons wherein the kids were supposed to learn that many people thought our first constitution was too weak and our country was skidding toward chaos....
Me: "So there were two extremes our founders feared. Can you name them? One, two three--"
Class, tentatively and not in unison: "Dictatorship and anarchy..."
Me: "Nice. After what we learned all week, to which extreme does it look like the US was closer?"
Class, enthusiastically as one: "Dictatorship!"
My colleague who shares many of the same kiddos observed me and said this batch just likes to bellow out just to be heard, no thinking. I must cling to that.
The other classes understood the lesson completely.
I am slightly mollified.