So today I was talking to one of my classes about Joan of Arc (it should be noted that these are not young students. Most of them are old enough to operate a car on their own…) and after I finished a little lecture about Joan, a student raised her hand.

Her: “Um, wasn’t she the one that lived in the whale?”
Me: “What?”
Her: “You know, Joan and the whale?”
Me: “No, that would be Jonah. As in, from the bible. As in 1400 years before Joan of Arc.”
Her: “Right. Wasn’t Pinocchio also in the whale?”
Me: “Yes. Yes in fact he was. Not at the same time as Jonah”
Her: “And that fish from Finding Nemo?”
Me: “You mean, Nemo?”
Her: “Right. Wait, who built the big ark.”
Me: “That would be Noah.”
Her: “Huh, I kinda thought Joan was involved.”

So um, you can send my teacher of the year award right to this blog.

6 Responses to “Whales”

  • Monkling:

    I have to show this to my daughter. She teaches religious ed to second graders. It’ll make her feel like her kids are geniuses.


  • Louise:

    I’m not allowed to mention any religion-ANYTHING in my classes, but if I were, I have a feeling that’s what it would be like.
    You deserve one million Internets for dealing with that.


  • Flea:

    I just read this exchange to my Hunny and he said, “This isn’t real.” To which I said, “She teaches in New Orleans.” Actually, I don’t think it would matter where you teach anymore. I’m so sorry.


  • Lanny:

    Ahh, sometimes I miss teaching–for the humor.


  • Becs:

    You have the patience of a saint. I hope when you go to Very Important Program, you can give it back to that saint and leave all this behind you.


  • The Artful Blogger:

    Wow…just wow….

    I wonder if they could differentiate between fictional characters (i.e., Pinnochio and Nemo) versus the very real Joan of Arc.

    At least they did not ask about Joan of Arcadia.

    Are these special needs kids? Just wondering…


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