I listened with half an ear as a couple of kids bickered good-naturedly at the end of class on Friday. As the bell rang, they came to me to settle their dispute. "Do you like the Patriots?" one asked.
I shrugged. "Nope."
"Are you American, or what?" he said indignantly.
"Yeah," I said."I'm American. So? The Giants were my dad's team. I'm rooting for them."
"We were talking about social studies," he explained, "We're having a debate and I'm Thomas Paine. Who do you like better? The Patriots or the Loyalists?"
"Tschoo! Patriots all the way!" I said. "I'm American aren't I? Who likes the Loyalists?"
"Me," said the second student, "because I'm King George."