Say “Yes” to the Dress


Sometimes, in English class, I think, “This is such a great conversation.  I love the way eighth graders think critically.”

Then .  . .

Today, discussing The Giver and freedom of choice, I posed the following:

Are the any times when it is appropriate for someone else to make a decision for you?

Yesterday, in response to the same question, students talked about the character Charlie in Flowers for Algernon, intellectual disabilities, TBIs, and, even people with Alzheimers.

But, today, without missing a beat, or raising a hand, a student explained, “Yes.  The bride should always pick the dresses for the bridesmaids otherwise people end up fighting and crying.”

I stopped the conversation before we moved into arranged marriages and parents picking partners for The Bachelor.

That, my friends, is why I LOVE middle school! I laugh every single day.

About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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