Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Democracy is Dead

I am apparently a part of the greatest travesty of modern justice. For some reason, my students are under the impression that democracy extends itself into the hallowed halls of my classroom. I am not sure how, or why, this delusion has caught on. Nevertheless, I felt the need to squelch this line of thinking today.

In one class my students are taking a quiz. In another, they are addressing a writing prompt. No less than 4 times today have I heard some variation of, "How about we do______ instead," or, "Can't we_______?"

I think what kills me is the utter look of shock on their faces when I inform them that I didn't get bossed around by teenagers when I was a teenager, and they can go right ahead now and realize that I am not going to start now that I am 30.

"That sucks. Not fair."

"You're right, my dear. Not fair at all. Deal widdit."

Amazing. Did they think that was going to work?


Mona said...

Clearly it has worked with some adult in their lives otherwise they wouldn't bother.

Maursupial said...

I know! When they do that I pull out the trusty ole' speech: "You are under the mistaken impression that this is a democracy. This is a benevolent dictatorship and I'm the dictator. Now get to work before I lose the benevolent part." That shuts them up, at least for awhile until they have time to look up all them long words.

Jillian said...

I told them I don't negotiate with terrorists.

They didn't like that much. Go figure.