This week, three of my classes are studying a short story called “The Open Window” by Saki. In it, a young woman tells a lie to a visitor just to entertain herself. We discussed why people lie, how can you tell someone is lying, and if it is ever okay to lie. Then we actually practiced lying. I work in a public school, so if you are a taxpayer and you were worried that your child is missing out on a wonderful educational opportunity, then rest easy. Nearly 75 young men and women had an opportunity to tell a lie in school today… all under the direction of their teacher.
Actually, it’s not as bad as it seems. It’s really just a game called “The Seven Minute Narrative.” Students are given seven minutes to write down five statements. Four statements must be true and one must be a lie. The object is to fool the others into thinking that one of the true statements was the lie. We had fun, and I played along. Here are my five statements:
1. I went to the emergency room four times in less than one year when I was in high school.
2. One of my ex-boyfriends was on an episode of Jerry Springer.
3. My husband and my mother are closer in age than my husband and I are.
4. I once tried out for the U.S. Women’s Olympic softball team.
5. I have had seven body piercings.
If you’d like to know the answer, you’ll have to tune in a few days from now. Most of my students were able to guess correctly.