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Who would have thought that one stinking short story could pull my class into such a vortex of weird? Ray Bradbury's The Pedestrian is (like a lot of his stuff) is a commentary on the future where the protagonist is arrested for taking a walk one evening (this is a one sentence summary, not meant to substitute for actually reading). I started to ask questions trying to get at some deeper meaning...and when asked to listen, let's do!
Me: So, what is the author trying to say about the future?
Kid 1: That we'll all be couch potatos
Me: Bradbury is talking about 2053, that is within your lifetime...
Kid 2: How you know that's in my lifetime?
Me: Well, although you might not all...
Kid 2: They say 50% of us gone die by the time we 45
Me: Ok, whether or not you are actually there, it is much closer to the present, so are there any ways this story might be coming true?
Kid 3: We fat (note the absence of the ph, we are referring to obeseity).
Kid 4: Yeah, and Bush gone outlaw supersizing
Me (excited for the teachable moment and that the kids actually watched the news): Now, can the President actually do that? Does the government have a say in what McDonald's sells?
Kid 2: See, that why we all gone die!
Me (giving up one battle to switch gears): How is this story different from the essay we read? Remember the kid who described his experience with virtual reality?
Kid 2: That stuff ain't real
Me: Well, no, it isn't, but the idea is that the mind is tricked into...
Kid 2: Can't trick me.
This went on to an attempted conversation on the nature of reality and whether or not we have knowledge of reality based on anything other than our senses...note I said attempted.
I am off to a shift at the Bath and Body, hope I can better explain lotion.