Theme Thursday 14
Having accepted the 2015 CLEAR the TBR Challenge, I assumed that CLEARING the Theme Thursday list would go hand in hand with it. After all, doesn't it make sense
And that's why I was thrilled when a short story that I hadn't planned to read online this week surprised me with a snippet that is perfect for the theme from 23 March 2011 . . .
Some of the school buildings are grotesque. We asked about one particular building which seemed to us to be flamboyant and in bad taste. "What do you expect from second-grade children?" they said. "It is well built even if of peculiar appearance. Second-grade children are not yet complete artists of design."
This snippet is from the short story The Primary Education of the Camiroi by R.A. Lafferty, which was published in his collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers. It's about what a visiting delegation from Earth find on Camiroi when they arrive to inspect its schools. Had I known about Camiroi when I was doing Unschooling Settings for Locus Focus, it would have been a shoo-in!
The best part of getting to choose this excerpt is knowing that it's not merely a random part of the story that happened to fit the theme, but a perfect representation of the conflict. On the one hand, you'd certainly give the second graders terrible marks for designing the most garish building that you've ever seen . . . but on the other hand, how many second graders do you know who could design and construct a building safe enough for daily use? To think of such an achievement in terms of marks on a card would be to miss the whole point.
So . . . did you get to build something when you were in Grade Two? And if you can cast imagination back with memory, what kind of building would your second-grade self have designed for your school?
Image Source: Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R.A. Lafferty