Feb 10 2011

Bet they were stylin’

I love the conversation snippets I pick up while circling the room during group work. Today, 4th block was in reading circles, working on chapter 4 of Night by Eli Wiesel.

As I pass by, the group “illustrator” had a question for his peers

“Dude, did Nazis have hats?”

“What? Yeah they did.”

“Oh.”

“What, did you just think they walked around all hatless?”

“I dunno, maybe.”

“They’re German, man. They were all organized and junk. They had hats.”

“Ok then if you’re so smart, what did the hats look like?”

“Um…”*leaning over the illustrator’s paper* “Wait, what is that guy wearing? It looks like a football jersey. One of the old school ones.”

“Heh, heh, Nazi throwback jersey.”

*****

Do you ever wonder what exactly is running through kids minds while you discuss deep, philosophical questions about dehumanization and assimilation in class? I don’t know, but I suspect that for at least some of them its “Huh, I wonder if Nazis wore hats.”

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