When a Classroom Learns About Pokémon

By Luke Plunkett on at

My daughter is seven, and a few weeks ago her class spent the week choosing a subject to “investigate” (basically write reports on). The teacher might have been hoping they chose something like “nature”, or “factories”, or “history”, but the room of seven-year-old kids did the seven-year-old thing and chose “Pokémon”.

Each kid was tasked with writing about a single Pokémon.

Below, you will find a sample of the results of their investigations.

ARCEUS

What does my Pokemon look like?
He looks like Arceus

What are my Pokemon’s characteristics?
He saves people and he [is] nice.

What does my Pokemon do?
He is a multitype Pokemon.

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CHARIZARD

What does my Pokemon look like?
He looks cool. He looks like a dragon that breathes fire.

What are my Pokemon’s characteristics?
He is so powerful and can defeat Pikachu.

What does my Pokemon do?
He is a flamethrower.

MEW

What does my Pokemon look like?
Mew looks like a cat with a [squrm?] tail.

What are my Pokemon’s characteristics?
Mew is a playful Pokemon. Mew is rare too.

What does my Pokemon do?
Mew is called the new species Pokemon. Mew is a psychic type Pokemon.

SYLVEON

What does my Pokemon look like?
She is a fairy Pokemon.

What are my Pokemon’s characteristics?
She is shy sometimes.

What does my Pokemon do?
Cute charm.

And there you have it. I hope you, like the children of this class, were able to learn something today.

It’s easy to look at 2017, extrapolate to the future and be filled with a crushing sense of dread. But remember, amidst all the wreckage, at least some of the kids are all right. Especially the ones who love Arceus.