Thursday, June 30, 2016
It Makes No Sense
I kind of understand why Jonah is in summer school. I can totally see how he failed English. He spends way too much time arguing about things that don't need to be argued about.
We were reading a story on Guardian Angels. (The non-profit safety patrols. Not Biblical angels.) It talked about the red berets they wear. The student who was reading initially pronounced the French hats as "barrette". Which is the way it's spelled, so it makes sense. I gently corrected the reader.
Then I asked if someone knew what a beret was. The description I got was of a kind of pancake hat. Apt description. And then it was time to move on.
"But it's spelled 'barrette'."
I explained to Jonah that it was a French word, and as such the last letter should be silent.
"That's stupid. Then it should be spelled..."
At this point, the whole class went after Jonah, telling him to "shut the front door" so we could move on.
I did understand Jonah's point, so I thought to throw him a bone. I agreed that there are many things in English that don't make sense. Weird spellings. Strange derivations. And if he wanted to rail against them he could. Later. After class.
That seemed to settle him. That time. (There were other things that got his ire, and his loud complaining, up.)
So, did he stay after class to discuss the vagaries of the English language with me? Of course not.