I had the sweetest conversation today. I love 9-year olds. They don't yet know how cruel and terrible people can be and they're so righteous:
Student: "Ms. M, how come people are so bogus?"
Me: "What do you mean?"
Student: "Well, I'm reading this book about big cats of the world, and it says that humans have killed at least half of the tiger population."
Me: "What did they kill them for?"
Student: "Stupid stuff, like for their fur or for like a sport."
Me: "What do you think about that?"
Student: "I told you! It's bogus!"
Me: "Why do you think people do that?"
Student: "Because they're bogus."
Me (trying to lead him to a discussion instead of just repeating the word "bogus"): "Do you think that people are selfish and don't see the big picture of how they're affecting the world?"
Student: "Yeah, they don't realize that if they keep on doing that, there won't be any animals left...and that's bogus!"
Okay, at least I got him to say something, even though it was followed by the word "bogus."