Tag Archives: logic

Things City Kids Know

Tutoring a 7-year-old…

Kid: “How old are you? 21?”

Me (laughing): “No, close though. 35.”

Kid: “35?! So then you have kids, right?”

Me: “No, I do not.”

Kid: “But you’re older than 30. Everyone older than 30 has kids.”

Me: “That’s not true at all, lots of people over 30 don’t have kids, and many choose to never have kids.”

Kid: “No, all adults have kids.”

Me: “So, again, not true. I would LIKE to have kids, though. But not yet. I JUST got married!”

Kid: “But you don’t have to be married to have kids.”

Me: “Well, yes, THAT is true.”

Kid: “You don’t even have to be a mom and dad to have kids– you can be two moms or two dads. Or just a mom or just a dad.”

Me: “That is absolutely true as well.”

Kid: “I know. Duh.”

Me: “It’s funny to me that you know all THAT, but you don’t know that lots of people over 30 don’t have kids.”

Kid <thinks about it…then shrugs>: “I know what I know.”


Holiday Hypocrisy: A Teacher’s Dilemma

Me (correcting a kid’s work): “20 divided by 2 is 40? So you’re telling me that if I split these 20 cubes into 2 equal groups, I’d have 40 in each group? Does that make sense? Is it logical?”

Kid: “No.”

Me: “Exactly. So it can’t be true. Remember, you ALWAYS have to ask yourself does this make sense? Is it logical?

(moments later)

Kid: “Santa is real, right?”

Me: “Of course…”