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A Revolution Waiting to Happen?

March 29, 2019


The girl appears in the door just before our line exits to go to lunch.   “Our guest teacher wants to know if you’re going outside for recess,” she informs me.

Having a sub in that class actually puts a wrinkle in my recess plans.  I was hoping to keep some kids in and send the rest out with the other class.  I don’t think I want to do that to a substitute.  So do I not hold kids accountable, or do I make the accountable kids suffer?

“I’m not sure yet,” I tell her truthfully.  “I’m going to think about it during lunch.”

My line leader looks earnestly at her.  “We’re going to go outside,” he tells her.

“No, actually, I’m not sure,” I repeat.  “We might go outside, but maybe not.  I haven’t decided.”

My line leader also gets more serious.  “We’re going outside,” he tells her again.

I’m partly amused, and partly incredulous.  “No, actually I’m in charge,” I say, partly to my line leader and partly to the girl waiting for an answer to give her teacher.  “I’m not sure if we’ll be going outside.”

“I wish I was in charge,” the line leader offers back.

Oh, Sweetheart, I know you do.  I surely know you do.

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  1. Kids are so funny! Mine sometimes say, “Hey, don’t we get a say? This is a DEMOCRACY!” and I have to break their little middle school hearts and say “No, it’s not. Not at all. I am a benevolent dictator.”

  2. amyilene permalink

    This made me laugh…kids are so serious when it comes to their perceived notions of fairness and equity! I love when I get your line leader a few years later as a 7th grader. So headstrong!

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