January 14, 2010
Guilty by Association
Yesterday, everyone in my son's kindergarten class got "yellows." In stoplight terminology, this means that as a group, the students were bad listeners.
The problem began, I was told, with the rumor of a guest musician in music class. My son and his friends were under the impression that one of the Jonas brothers was going to teach the class how to sing falsetto. This turned out to be false.
The music room was found, however, to contain something even better than a member of a popular boy band: an unattended plastic laundry basket filled with tambourines.
"I didn't shake one!" protested my son. "I promise!"
I explained the principle of guilty by association.
"All the tambourines hurt my ears," Kellen continued.
According to my son, the music teacher confiscated the musical instruments until the class can learn not to touch things without asking or mid-February, whichever comes first.