I’ve rarely come across a topic or concept that I couldn’t at least half-ass define, but the other day the concept of religion came up in my junior high class and the students said they had no idea what it is.
I’m usually assisted by a Chinese teacher but she was gone and really should have been there for this one. The students, although bratty and talkative, are very well spoken and I was very surprised at their ignorance. I did discuss this with the CT beforehand, but she said the topic hadn’t come up due to the nature of the discussion text we’re using.
Anyway, I lost it on some snickering young dolt who wouldn’t stop laughing when I was putting examples on the whiteboard, such as Christianity, Buddhism and whatever. The guy was laughing so hard at my examples that I stood him up and let him have it in front of the whole class.
Of course nobody said a peep after that. :help:
Back to the point. I did try to use extreme examples such as the war in Iraq and half of the conflicts in the mid-east, and they finally started getting it but these are obscure examples.
Does anyone have anything to offer on this vexing topic? I’m obviously going about it wrong. It doesn’t help that the class just doesn’t give a damn. But it will come up again in other situations.