Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Confucius Say...

On Monday we learned about Confucianism, so I had the kids read some Confucian sayings and then write their own. This was the best idea I ever had because they wrote some great and hilarious stuff.

Actual Confucian Sayings:

  • Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
  • The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his actions.
  • Choose a job you love and you will never work a single day in your life.
  • A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.

My kids' Confucian Sayings:

  • Girls are like war, dangerous and unpredictable.
  • Nature is beautiful because it chose to be.
  • Boys are like Pop-Tarts-- They're better when they're hot! (LOL LOL)
  • If you look at the ground you'll never see a rainbow.
  • Seek to express, not impress.
  • Chocolate makes a moment perfect.
  • Don't wait for a miracle - become one.
  • If you have haters, then you're doing something right.
  • No matter how good you are at something, there's always an Asian better than you.
I think the mix of hilarious and poignant is a great snapshot of what life is like here at the junior high. :)


  1. Tell the kid who wrote the Asians are better than you one that that is just a fact of life she or he will have to get used to. Unfortunately, it just becomes more and more "in your face" as you grow up!

  2. This is hilarious! Hope you don't mind if I steal this idea for when I student teach!

  3. Of course not! That's what it's all about. Stealing ideas from teachers. We love it. :)