Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today in Class: Midterms

I'm grading midterms. (So I'm two weeks late in grading them. Don't judge me.)

Question #5. What did Socrates mean by his quote, "All I know is that I know nothing?" Apply your answer to his philosophy.

Kid's Answer: That means people think they know alot of thinks, but when all said and done they dont really know nuthing.

Darn us, all thinking we know a lot of thinks. 

[Edited to add: I just got to the kid whose answer on the question about linking the Epic of Gilgamesh to Ancient Sumerian belief systems was simply: "Gilgamesh was a douchebag." It's not the right answer, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to give him partial credit.]

16 comments:

Carolyn V. said...

LOL. I guess I don't know a lot of thinks. What a cute kid.

Jill Wheeler said...

Yeah, I've been sitting on I-Search papers for 3 weeks now. No judgment here.

Jen said...

LOL gotta love kids!! Always keeping the day interesting aren't they!

Theresa Milstein said...
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Theresa Milstein said...

I can't add to this except to laugh.

Janet Johnson said...

What would we do without high school papers to laugh at?

Love it!

Tez Miller said...

At least they didn't cheat ;-)

And I love that "Gilgamesh is a douchebag" comment! Even though I've never read/studied Gilgamesh :-)

JEM said...

These make my day. Seriously. As a teacher they probably make you sad and a little alcoholic, but they totally make my day.

Also: is it sad that I don't know anything about Gilgamesh besides the fact that his name is Gilgamesh? Say no.

Kristi Helvig said...

I love it when you post tales from the classroom. Hilarious!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I guess I've got another think coming....

Myrna Foster said...

The first one sounds like they've been reading Dr. Seuss. I'd be tempted to give the second one partial credit too.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I DO know a lot of thinks, thank you very much. :P
You know, whenever you post things your students say, I start to really miss my senior english class. We were a bunch of idiots, and we loved it. :)
(You should've heard our conversations about Oedopus and Antigone, it would've made any english teacher - scratch that, any teacher - cringe. Poor Ms. Scheele never had a chance!)

India Drummond said...

Do you mean it wasn't the desired answer, or it wasn't a correct answer. Cuz, yanno...

I don't know a lot of thinks either.

Bish Denham said...

ROFL. Oh the thinks we think!

Kelly said...

I love reading kids funny answers, which many times are more clever than the real answer would have been! (at least funnier)
I used to teach grade school and I wish I kept a journal with the funny things kids say. I do have a journal for each of my children with their funnies though!

Kelly H-Y said...

Too funny!