Of course, the subject of Ray Rice came up with my 5th graders. It's all over the news, the NFL player who got in trouble for punching out his fiance.
MR. BOWERS: Come on, kids, you know he was wrong, boys can't hit girls; boys are bigger and stronger. (at this point, there is some dissension in the class because some of the 5th grade boys are kinda small.) You see the adults around you, boys get the brawn and girls get the brains!
FINN: Mitchel gets both! (Mitchel is super smart--and all the kids know it!)
MR. BOWERS: Mitchel, when you get married, you'll be sure to tell your wife that SHE is smarter---that's the "smart" thing to do, right?
MR. BOWERS: Well, I think it's not okay to hit ANYBODY--boy or girl.
Then we got busy doing some REAL Drama.