Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Walk On By

My classes have come to the parable of the Good Samaritan. As we often do, my students rewrite the stories of Jesus and place them in a modern setting. They have a creative sense of style and substance. I hope you enjoy these insights, taken from the TGSV. (Tenth Grade Standard Version)
"One day after school, a boy was beaten up by his classmates. As he was lying there, the school nurse walked by and thought to herself, "I'm off the clock. This isn't my problem." Then, the leader of the Students For Jesus Club passes by and thinks, "I have to go home and read the Bible." Finally, a student who just came from detention walked by the boy and had compassion on him. He took him to the restroom, helped him clean up, and called his parents."

"A new girl came to school and was sitting in the hall after looking for her class without any success. The president of the Welcoming Committee walks by the girl and says, "Welcome to our school," and just keeps walking. Next, the principal passes by and stops, staring at the young lady. The principal writes something on his clipboard and hands the girl a detention with these words: "You probably need to start wearing socks." Just then, a valiant boy comes around the corner, hopping with the aid of his crutches. He helps her up, looks at her schedule, puts her backpack on his back, and takes her to class. Then, the girl writes her phone number on his cast!"Ben (It should be noted that Ben is currently on crutches and wearing a cast. There happens to be additional space on the cast for more numbers!)
"One day, a girl was eating lunch and put her retainer in her napkin. Without thinking, she threw her napkin away with the retainer wrapped inside. It was not until 8th period that she realized what she had done. After school, she went to the dumpster and started digging through the trash. While inside the dumpster, her grumpy math teacher walks by. The teacher wonders how anyone could be so stupid to be crawling around in the filth... and goes home to grade more papers. Next, a science geek walks by and measures the toxins lurking in the dumpster..... and keeps walking. Finally, the trash men come to empty the dumpster. One of the trash men got out and helped her dig through the garbage. After a long time of digging and smelling the aroma of the cafeteria, the trash man found the retainer for the girl."

Applicable quote of the day:
"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"”
Martin Luther King, Jr

God bless,
Luke 18:1
me at steve@hawleybooks.com

1 comment:

Razgriz said...

Wow some of those were really great, I especially like the one with the boy that comes from detention and helps the other kid. I thought it was really cool.