There are a lot of things that I love about teaching, but when kids gets creative in response to punishment could be some of the best material. This is a letter I received from a student in study hall of whom I asked: “Give me five good reasons why I should not give you a breaker.”
Breaker = (n) break run. A break run is a standard punishment for Bryanston pupils of a moderate degree of severity. Students must sign in to the office at 10:45 sharp, run down to the boat house 3/4 of a mile away, receive a stamp from the boatman, and run back up before 11:05. If they do not complete the break run, they move into detention.
“Mr. Jones, you should not give me a breaker because:
- I had just completed an assignment
- I was working hard
- I had just defragmented and cleared up, wiped my cookies and was looking into google preferences with Bertie to see if I could disable popups and automatic downloads
- It would be unreasonable and harsh, although we were talking
- You would ruin my self esteem
- It would be really cool if you let me get away with it
- I have done all my homework after having about 4 assignment periods and 2 prep times
- I really like America
- I really like English
- My mum will kill me
- Don’t ruin my good day
- “treat one another as you would like to be treated.” Would you like a breaker, Mr. Jones? Don’t deny Jesus.
Did I give him one? Good question. I will leave anyone who reads this in suspense.