(In the continuing sporadic series on the wisdom of seventh grade students.)

My friend the seventh grade teacher once had to deal with a class that had gotten out of hand by assigning the students a short essay in which they had to address three questions:

  • How am I contributing to class?
  • How am I detracting from class?
  • How can I contribute more while detracting less?

One of the more disruptive students answered the questions thus:

  • How am I contributing to class?
    "I tell jokes."
  • How am I detracting from class?
    "Sometimes I talk out of turn."
  • How can I contribute more while detracting less?
    "Tell better jokes."