The Class Is Good At Taking Orders

| Learning | November 8, 2013

(As part of a volunteer teaching program, I have the chance to teach at an elementary school at the heart of Chicago’s Chinatown. Standing in front of a group of First Graders, I am teaching them about businesses and professions.)

Me: “Does anyone know what to call people who teach kids in school?”

Kids In Unison: “Teacher!”

Me: “Wonderful! Anyone knows what to call people who make you feel better when you are sick?”

Kids In Unison: “Doctor!”

Me: “Wonderful! Anyone knows what to call people who cook food in the restaurants?”

Kid #1: “Dad!”

Kid #2: “Uncle!”

Kid #3:” Mom!”

Kid #4: “Grandpa!”

(I am confused for a moment, and then realize that I am in Chinatown, and most of their families are in restaurant business.)

Me: “Actually, we call them chefs!”

(The kids looked at each other, excited.)

Kid #1: “Wow! My dad has a title!”

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