Monday, March 19, 2007


By the time I got to high school, I became a connoisseur of the bungling art of blowin' smoke at the teacher. Some people refer to it as snow, others as bs, but's it all the same. It's the blundering attempt to get a decent grade in school using only chicanery and a pen, for the brain has no clue. However, there is a blank paper staring at you which will be graded later by a teacher who might be distracted, or better yet, in a stupor.

One of my students gave it a shot, a fine piece of complicated confusion and absurdity, and one of the first really asinine attempts at blowin' smoke at me by this group of kids. Kids don't get good at it until the fifth grade. Here is a fine example of blowin' smoke.

The question: "What causes wind?"

The answer: "Gravity and air causes wind by gravity pushing up and down and inside is wind."

Joe has a way to go before he's eligible for high school quality smoke blowin', but it's a start.

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