why yes, I AM grading in the wee hours before class
So I'm grading argumentation essays. These essays are the last of their out-of-class essays and they are revisions of a previous in-class essay. Perhaps another day I'll tell you about how I had to lecture the poor souls about how their "revisions" were not so good at all
, and how a vote re: what to do about it ended in a tie and a compromise. It's not a great story, but it is
a story nonetheless.
Anyway, I'm grading these essays and I can't help but laugh during one of them. Luckily, it was the intention of the author that the reader laughs at the absurd example used to counter an opposing argument. They had three options for their argumentation essay and one of them was to argue for or against arming pilots of commercial aircraft. My funny student (who never says a word in class, unfortunately) offered an example of terrorists using as weapons the sporks found in on-board meals.
I think maybe it wouldn't be quite so funny if it weren't 4am.
Soon, I will go off to class and we will discuss Poe's "Philosophy of Furniture." Yes, I'm serious.