Forget History, Fear For The Future

| Learning | January 2, 2016

(I am teaching an English class in a Catholic high school. We’re reading a book set in colonial Sydney right now.)

Student: “Miss, how did they get electricity to the colony?”

Me: “This was before electricity, so they didn’t have any. They mainly lit their houses with oil lamps.”

Student: “Then how did they use microphones?”

Me: “Well, they didn’t have microphones. Don’t you remember learning about the steam engine in History? That was how they ran machines.”

Student: “Oh, I don’t talk in History.”

Me: “You mean listen. You don’t listen.”

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