Today, some neighbourhood children came out to play on the square. The swings were very popular, as was the climbing fence. Because I forgot one the names of the boys playing on the climbing fence, I tapped the boy on the shoulder and asked him what his name was. His first response was: But I didn't do anything Teacher!
This response saddened me. I just wanted to ask his name, yet here he was defending himself from something that did not happen and probably was not going to happen.
What caused the boy to have this defensive response almost as a reflex?