Friday, October 19, 2018
Shrinking Middle Schoolers
It's a ceramics class, so while the kiddos are working with their hands, they talk. About all sorts of things.
I don't know how they got on the topic of middle schoolers. (The classes are populated with 11th and 12th graders.) But, I also don't know how they got on the topic of God, of tweezing eyebrows, of Bob Ross, or of when their parents had the sex that produced them. They talk about all sorts of weird things.
I generally don't butt into the conversations unless they are factually incorrect or they're talking about something that isn't appropriate for a classroom. But this one...
"They're so small. The middle schoolers are shrinking."
Me: "No, you're just bigger. You were that size once."
"No. I wasn't..." She thought about this. "Are you sure they're not smaller than they used to be?"
Me: "The middle schoolers are the same size as they have been. You've just grown."
She took my word for it. But it kind of blew her mind. She didn't think she'd grown that much, but today's middle schoolers were much smaller than her.
The difference between 11th grade and 7th grade is four years. To them it feels like longer. (Oh, don't even get them started on "little kids". They really have no concept of age.)