Dear Readers, I pose to you a question to which I want your honest answer – not just what you think I want to hear: would you ever decide to change an assignment that a teacher had given you?
Remember, a LONG time ago, Henry (Dear Henry) decided that he just couldn’t bear to watch a speech delivered by Bono? Well, at least Henry gave a reason for his reticence (albeit, a lame and unacceptable reason).
Well, my Incomprehensible Boy is at it again. I had given the students Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech and told them to answer a question using the text and the information they learned in a chapter of their textbooks. The exact assignment was “Please read chapter 8, “Organizing the Body of the Speech” and do an organizational analysis of Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech.”
IB opened his paper with, and I quote;
“I chose not to use Osama’s speech so I would not case a confession and chose a speech statement form an interview on hand banner’s bog.”
Um, no. Even if I understood half of what he said (which I’m not sure I did), it is totally NOT cool to decide that he doesn’t want to do what was assigned and make stuff up on his own. The rest of his paper is equally indecipherable (“A realization of giving up what I know until I have experience it, this would avoid process and possible bad habit of blinking the sure fire answer. This means current answers may not protein to a person you don’t know and if this said person chose not to run away form a situation that has created bproblems but learns from a safe positive way of knowledge within moving forward in the improves of there own life.” I swear; I’m not making any of this up. I have a headache now).
I’m afraid that this kid might be playing me. I’m trying to offer him the benefit of the doubt – and that’s a pretty big doubt – but I’m not sure that my kindness is not being taken advantage of.