December 1, 2014

A Memorable Assignment

OregonMuse at Ace of Spades tipped me off to the The English Assignment which I found it hysterical and which illustrates better than I could ever do, the differences between teen-age boys and teen-age girls.

Sharon Melnicer asked her Grade 12 English students to pair off with the person sitting to their immediate right.  One would write the first paragraph of a short story and email to their partner who would write the second paragraph,  continuing back and forth in tandem until the story was done.  Here's  what two students Maria and Neil turned in.

(First paragraph by Marla) "At first, Betty couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The chamomile, which used to be her favourite for lazy evenings at home, now reminded her too much of Bruce, who once said, in happier times, that he also adored chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Bruce. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question. She'd switch to chai."

(Second paragraph by Neil) "Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Bruce Harrington, leader of the attack squadron now in orbit over Zontar 3, had more important things to think about than the neurotic meanderings of an air-headed, asthmatic bimbo named Betty with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year ago. 'A.S. Harrington to Geostation 17,' he said into his transgalactic communicator. 'Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance so far …' But before he could sign off, a bluish particle beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay. The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and across the cockpit."

They were doing just what their teacher wanted them to do.  However,  its main them, The Feminization of --Well, Everything is not so amusing.  How many boys are turned off reading because as one commenter put it :

We allow a feminized educational system to force-feed [Margaret] Atwood, [Maya] Angelou, [Alice] Walker, et al. to teenaged boys whose instincts at that age are  profoundly bored with emotive introspective feminista literature. They want action, adventure, bold canvases, far horizons, male protagonists: all the things these books do not have.

Then we're surprised and shocked to learn that we've turned off those boys to reading for the rest of their adult lives, to the considerable detriment of their cultural and educational prospects.
Posted by Jill Fallon at December 1, 2014 8:24 AM | Permalink