Onions Make You Cry

It’s just that sometimes, they are tears of laughter.

Bitter, sarcastic, cynical, ironic tears, to be sure.  For which I should be duly smacked.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a kernel of truth in there somewhere.  I’m just not exactly sure where, and I’m too busy to actually look for it at the moment.  Discuss.

2 Responses to “Onions Make You Cry”

  1. Lois Says:

    I taught elementary school in South Gate, near Watts. There were a few experienced, mature, and dedicated teachers there, a few of us with good training but only a few years’ experience, and a number teaching on “emergency credentials.” Lots of those teachers weren’t worth even half what they were paid (was going to say something ruder). Unfortunately, even in inner-city schools, it’s not the actual teaching that eats you up and spits you out, it’s the politics and all the administrative hoops you have to jump through. I probably would have tried to stay with teaching if I could have actually spent the bulk of my time teaching children.

    The kid in the Onion article had it right (if only 4th graders could actually write like that); kids deserve better. I don’t see any sign they’re going to be getting anything better though.

  2. Paul Nelson Says:

    That’s the tragedy (and brilliance) of this farcical story – if a 4th grader could write like that, chances are good that they might say something exactly along those lines!

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