I'm hoping for advise with my own son. I've been mulling this over all weekend, and I'm at a loss. My 4th grader is a bit of a smarty pants. He's in trouble...again...for correcting a teacher...and being right. Last year, he got in trouble for arguing with a teacher because she marked a question wrong on a test. The question showed an object and asked if it was a rectangle. My son said yes, it was. It was a square, which is just a specific rectangle. He didn't handle the situation well at all, and I wound up having a long talk with his teacher about it. Well, fast forward to this year. Twice now he's corrected his teacher. He doesn't seem to get that it's not okay to correct your teacher in the middle of class. The first time, it was over a math problem (yes, you can subtract 5-9, as long as you can handle negative numbers), and this last time was yet another test question. Circle the food item that's not a fruit. The answer was supposed to be "squash", but my son, said, rightly might I add, that a squash IS a fruit (technically speaking, a fruit is the part of the plant that contains the seed). Anyway, I've talked to his teacher, I've talked to him, but I'm struggling to teach him that it's not okay to correct people, especially your teacher, in the middle of class. It's embarrassing, and it's disrespectful. Any thoughts?