“Ms. Lively, what’s the name of a city in Paris?”
As they answer perfunctory questions in their workbook
Filling in the blanks stops them in their tracks
They’ve been trained since the age of eight
To answer multiple choice
To pick the “best answer.”
Blank spaces are road blocks of uncertainty.
Multiple choice – they know.
They’ve trained and drilled and practiced for years
To find the best answer from the list of choices.
Now, as teens the choices are harder
When you’re in Middle School, who will help you when you:
a) Don’t get enough to eat at home
b) Start having sex at age 14
c) Get punched in the face by your father
d) Have to care for your 2 year old sister all day and night so your mother can go to work
Who will check those answers?
Where can you find the answers?