There are moments that make teaching worthwhile. It makes the grading, the prep, and the 5 billion questions a week totally worth it. One such moment was when I asked my students to list the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights). I then asked them to rank order them by personal importance. Following this, I asked them to explain which one amendment they would choose to get rid of and provide a reason why. Simple enough.
I asked my students which one they didn’t want to keep. In the wise words of Shakespeare… I shit you not, she said the most truthful and hilarious thing I have heard all semester. She said “I would get rid of the 3rd Amendment.”
Fully expecting this, I pushed for a reason why this amendment had to go. She then said, “Well, I would be okay with getting rid of it because I would sure love to quarter some soldiers at my house.” Her tone and inflection said it all. I died.