My regular readers know that I teach Quantitative Reasoning (QR) at the Crimson Summer Academy (CSA) over the summer. (If you don’t how what CSA is, read my blog posts from May 7, 2007, and April 30, 2008.) The theme for all courses for the summer is The Student as Citizen, and the particular QR unit for rising sophomores is models of voting. More on that in a later post, since of course it’s especially interesting in this particular summer. Anyway, one girl’s succinct comment on Barack Obama yesterday was, “Obama’s cute.”
I didn’t know how to respond to this observation, but another girl in the class did: “Obama isn’t cute! Deval Patrick is cute!”
I decided to stay out of this conversation. Fifteen-year-old girls don’t see the world in quite the same way as I do.