The backstory: 7th graders at my school learn the first half of U.S. History and are seeking to understand some pretty complicated subjects, including slavery. Two 7th graders were at work on understanding the Three-Fifths Compromise when I was in class with them earlier this week.
Student M: I don't get the Three-Fifths Compromise. What is it again?
Student C: What it is is MESSED UP.