Students Say the Darndest Things

One of my students was "comparing/contrasting" 18th Century life to 21st Century life (NOT what I assigned, I should hasten to say, but c'est la teach...) and wrote this:

"In the 18th Century people were ruled by kings. In the 21st Century people are ruled by the president. That makes life much better for people unless they live in a Communist country."

Ruled by the president is terrifying but not surprising from someone who was not yet in puberty when the Unitary Asshole took unprecedented liberties with our liberties and unmade what was left of the mid-20th-Century esprit-d'egalitarianism. But Communist?

I felt like asking her if her grandpa helped her write this.

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