Being an educator is sometimes not that much different than being a prison warder.
The individuals in your care may have evil in their hearts, but your task is to find ways to keep them under control, as stated in your governmental contract.
Some teachers, though, bring both ingenuity and a deep knowledge of the human soul to their métier.
You may, therefore, wish to genuflect in front of a Belgian teacher, who'd had it up to here with his recalcitrant bunch of miniature revolutionaries.
As the Telegraph reports, he resorted to a tactic so underhanded as to be positively beautiful. He told them he would spoil the plot of "Game of Thrones."
He, you see, had read the books. His students, being of a video culture, had only heard of books.
He reportedly told the boisterous tykes: "If there is too much noise, I will write the names of the dead on the board."
In case they didn't quite get the picture, Belgium's Nieuwsblad reported, he added: "They [the dead] are enough to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die."
That's the thing with reading. Much of it can stay with you long after the final page is read.
The copious detail and magical description conjures a whole world in your head -- one that is surely more lasting and moving than the rather sad little forests of the TV version.
(My apologies. For me, the TV "Game of Thrones" is second-tier English actors offering rote performances of old school plays.)
The class apparently didn't quite believe this wily man. So he began to write the names on the board, just as he had promised.
The minute the youths realized that their fantasies would be disabused, they bowed their heads and ceased their racket.
Indeed, some even wafted onto social media sites to describe him as a "genius."
This teacher would, of course, have made a fine "Game of Thrones" character himself. He understands that, in warfare, you have to learn your opponent's soft spot and manipulate your way toward it with chilling glee.
I feel sure that these young minds learned a valuable lesson, one that might stay with them for life.
I wonder how many realized that "A Game of Thrones" was a book at all.