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Most of the time, I “work” from home. Such is often the luxury of someone who writes shit for money. To that end, I often “work” with the television on and tuned to either CNN, ESPN or MSNBC. Typically, I pay only passive attention to it and it’s usually just background noise I use to avoid the distracting uncomfortableness brought about by complete silence. However, my antennae, always tuned in to whatever’s going on in my periphery, will often catch things that pop up on the tube while I’m working, just as they did today when CNN reported about a New Hampshire 12th English teacher who posed the following essay question to her students: “If you knocked your brother down, would you urinate in his mouth?”

Understandably, this misguided incidence of a teacher “trying to stimulate her students into thinking creatively” has caused quite a stir locally, and we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before conservatives find some way to blame this on ACORN and proclaim it to be indicative of the systematic decay of the American educational system in “Obama’s America.”

With that said, here’s the CNN report I caught earlier this afternoon: