Our Imprecise Language

by stryson

I just spent fifteen minutes debating with my fourth graders, who insisted that you can see X-Rays. (An answer on their homework was that x-rays are invisible.) Never mind that the story mentions that X-Rays are invisible at least twice; the kids are so used to the actual pictures being called X-Rays that they couldn’t wrap their heads around the fact that the actual beam being shot from the camera is what an X-Ray is.

Oh yeah, and don’t even get me started on the conversation we had about organs, and about explaining to one girl that a real heart is not shaped like a Valentine’s Day style heart. Yes, that conversation ended with looking up pictures on the smart board… and the boys insisting that I find a real picture, not a drawing.

Are we sure today isn’t a Monday?

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