Thursday, December 02, 2010


Today a student was obviously not paying attention, so I called on her to answer the question. I have trained them well and she did not waste our time with frivolity and smoke-blowing, so she came right out and said, "I wasn't paying attention, Mr. W."

"What should I do with you, Charlene!" I moaned.

"Throw her outside," piped up another student. And he'd do it, too, if he was in charge. Sooner or later he'd be fired if he tried it, though.


"A sin takes on a new and real terror when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out."
Mark Twain

Almost all elementary school children can be manuevered in such a way as to reveal the truth. Sometimes they can even be painfully truthful.

As we age, human nature subdues and eventually conquers its calling to rise above itself. We adopt lying, deception, and an unwillingness to admit guilt that matches the depth of oceans. We are chained to the deception that image is better than reality, shackled by our fear of punishment, and imprisoned by the desire to never be a victim of justice.