It’s March, and that means March Madness (the NCAA basketball tournament, for those who aren’t sports-oriented.) I was subbing for a high school Spanish teacher last week, and boys in every class wanted to watch the game.
Student: Can we watch the game? We’ll work diligently on our assignment while we watch.
Me: (Thinking, Sure you will.) No.
Student: Can you give me a good reason why not?
Me: (Thinking, I can give you half a dozen, but I’m not going to waste my time.) Because I said so.
Student: (under his breath) I said a good reason.
Student: On a scale of one to ten, how much money would it take to convince you to let us watch the game?
Me: Six thousand.
Student: What would you do if I pulled six thousand dollars out of my wallet right now? Would you let us watch?
Me: Probably not.
Student: But you wouldn’t have to sub for a long time if you had six thousand dollars.
The weather has also been really beautiful, and from the windows in the classroom we were in, we could see that another teacher had taken her class outside.
Student: Can we go outside, too?
Student: But it’s beautiful out! Almost as beautiful as your smile.
(I decided this student was too charming to be trusted.)