Adding Flames To The Fire They Didn’t Start

| Learning | April 21, 2014

(I am in an AP US History class, and the teacher is known for assigning creative oral reports. One student has been assigned a presentation on the Billy Joel song ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and how it relates to the 1950s in particular. I am manning the computer to click through the slides as he talks.)

Student: “So, to start, I’ll play the song for you.” *to me* “[My Name], can you turn down the volume really quick when the video reaches [time]? Some of the lyrics aren’t really school-appropriate.”

(I agree, but about the time he specified comes around my elbow bumps the volume controls, blasting the lyric “BRITISH POLITICIAN SEX” to the entire classroom.)

Student: *horrified* “I told you to turn it down!”

(I begin apologizing profusely.)

Teacher: “Well, at least we know what the song says, instead of everyone going home and trying to Google it.”

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