Scene: kindergarten classroom, story time.
Players: kindergarten teacher, eager students.
Witnesses: school principal, me.
Teacher, holding up book: “Look at the bird on this page, everyone. Can anyone tell me what color this bird is?”
Several eager arms shoot straight into the air. Teacher calls on a student who proclaims confidently “Red!”
Teacher: “Hmm, no, not red. Anyone else?”
Several more arms in the air. Teacher calls on another student who announces, with equal confidence, “Orange!”
Teacher: “No, not orange. Who can tell me what color [emphasizing this, as if the kids have been answering the wrong question] the bird is?”
The principal and I exchange glances. We can’t see the book, but we’re wondering about this bird, too.
Teacher: “Anyone? Who knows what color the bird is?”
Teacher, sadly: “No ideas? Well, it’s red-orange!”
Principal (under his breath, as we leave the room): “She and I will have a little talk later…”