I volunteer in my daughter’s third-grade classroom every Thursday morning, and it’s always one of the highlights of my week. I like watching my kid — all the kids, honestly — interact with the teacher. I like listening to their chitter-chatter. And I like being reminded of how children are quick to laugh at pretty much anything remotely humorous (even, frankly, when it’s totally not that funny).
Anyhow, I was sitting there grading some papers yesterday when I came across something worth sharing.
The assignment was about Earth Day, and each child had to draw a picture of what the world might look like if Earth Day hadn’t been invented. It was effective, and 23 of the 24 children had the same general prediction: The Earth would be way dirtier. The drawings, then, were of trash piling up and of people getting sick and of fish dying in the polluted water — that sort of thing.
The 24th child went is another direction entirely, filling up the little globe with close to 200 little stick figures (which looked remarkably like gravestone markers.)
“Until we control Earth’s population,” the child wrote below the drawing, “Earth Day is a waste of time.” [Read more...]