Part X of the 2015 A-Z Blogging Challenge
I was in first grade at school. We were learning about the alphabet by... I don't know, just coming up with a word for each letter? Something like that. Anyway, this was the time when Xena: Warrior Princess was on TV and I loved the show. Having not seen it and forgotten all about it since then, I'm not sure if that's an embarrassing thing to admit. The name Xena was the word I wrote down for X.
My teacher came along to check out my work. She was a dear older lady with a thin frail body and a Northern British accent. She scanned the list, and hesitated towards the bottom.
'What's this word here?' she asked, pointing out the X.
'Xena. It's a show on TV.'
'Ah, well Xena starts with a Z,' she said with a smile.
'No it doesn't!' I piped up in my indignant 6-year-old voice. 'It starts with an X!'
'Well it could be pronounced "Ex-ena"', she smiled before handing back the sheet and wandering off to help other kids.
"Yeah, it could," I thought angrily. "But it doesn't."
It was the first time I'd ever realised an adult could be not only wrong, but ignorantly so.
Here's a perfect example that I wish were false, but I'm glad I now have the story to tell. One of my mum's employees was complaining about an incident that occurred between her daughter and her teacher at school. The teacher had asked the class where milk comes from. One student put up their hand and said "From the shop." The teacher congratulated her and moved on. This employee and her daughter lived on a farm, so the daughter had a problem with that. She put up her hand and said "Um, excuse me, milk actually comes from a cow." The teacher told her she was wrong.
Okay, let's be as objective as possible here. Maybe the milk wasn't the important part of the equation. Maybe the teacher just picked a random grocery to illustrate their lesson about the supermarket. Maybe the milk could have been substituted for bread, eggs - heck, even Snickers bars. That's more likely (and MUCH less scary) to assume than when the alternative is that the person entrusted with raising the future doesn't even know that cows make milk. So if that is the case... WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU TELL THE KID SHE'S WRONG?
So yeah, it's a very important lesson to learn - the people who were here before you don't necessarily know better.