Monday, October 03, 2011

Tell the Truth

As the Border's book chain folds, several of its employees have put out a list of all the things they really thought when customers made requests.

It NEVER bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We'd rather you do if you're putting up a stink.

Most of the time when you returned books you read them already--and we were onto you.

Oprah was not the "final say" on what is awesome. We really didn't care what was on her show or what her latest book club book was. Really. (Given her pro-corporate education stance, I really like this one.)

It's true that we lean to the left and think Glenn Beck is an idiot.

We greatly dislike the phrase "Quick question." It's never true. And everyone seems to have one.

We hate when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie. (Me too, because then when I teach it, some kids try to watch the film instead of reading the book. This is particularly egregious when the idiot film producers change the story and kids write about the film version.)

So here's what I'm wondering--if Mayor Bloomberg were to have his druthers, save valuable tax dollars by closing all the schools and having our kids run around the streets like the ones in Salaam Bombay (You see--I just told what I thought about Mayor Bloomberg there.), what truths would teachers tell?

What truths would the kids say about us?

And what truths would the "reformers" have, were they remotely familiar with the concept?
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