My roommate teaches at one of the public schools here in Montgomery County. Which, by the way, spends more money per child on education than almost any other county in the US, and has a reputation of having really great schools.
When asked to define "optimist", 80% of the 11th graders gave one of two responses:
- I think it's the guy who checks your eyes
- um, isn't that the truck from Transformers?
Totally. 100%. Awesome.