I was talking with a kid today about the difficulty of her math problem. She said she wanted them to be easy like they were in first grade. I asked her if math was easy in first grade and she quickly responded with, "It would be easy now!"
So I asked again, "Was your first grade math easy when you were in first grade?"
So I asked her why she wanted easy math like that right now in middle school. She said that school would be fun if everything was super easy. Her friend interrupted, "No it wouldn't! It would be SO boring!"
The conversation continued between these two:
Kid #1: "Yeah, but I would make straight A's!"
Kid #2: "So! You would end up getting in trouble all the time and you would end up too stupid for high school!"
Kid #1: "Well, when the assignment is pointless, I don't like struggling for no good reason!"
Kid #2: "Answering 2+2 all day, every day would be pointless too!"
I enjoyed listening to this back-and-forth, then interrupted, "What kind of activities do you want your teacher to provide for you?"
Kid #2 replied immediately, "Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right. Like Goldilocks!"