Blogging is going to be slow-ish for the next couple of weeks. One kid has school break this week, and the other is off the following week. My brain is also busy making post-April plans.
Jonah had to come to classes with me yesterday. He put on some jeans without holes in the knees and packed up his backpack with drawing books and Harry Potter. He was very excited. We decided that he would stay in my office for the political theory class. I think he played this game for an hour and a half. Then he came with me to the media class. He wanted to come to media, because it's in the cool classroom with the great multi-media displays and the rising tiered seats.
The class lecture was on political socialization — how we gain values and views about politics and society from the news and entertainment shows. We discussed how people learn about politics, how the impact is different depending on SES, and what people choose to listen to. Then we debated the impact of the E! channel on popular images of minorities and women. And what Ed, Edd N Eddy does to a kid's brain.
Jonah, who is 9, kept raising his hand to participate in the class discussion. I let him talk once, but I cut him off after that. We really didn't need to hear a nine year old's opinions in a college class. But I was rather surprised that he felt comfortable talking in a college class. Some students in that class have never participated all semester.
I have mixed feelings about this incident. Partially, Jonah is just a product of a two-PhD family. He's used to giving opinions and participating in conversations with grown-ups. Those skills will serve him well in life. On the other hand, punk kids should know that they are just punk kids. There's a thin line between confident and obnoxious.