Children learn early on in life that if one parent responds in the negative to their question, there is a hopeful chance that the other parent will say yes. This developed skill is brought with them to school. After all, if it works at home, why not extend the application of this technique?
Working in a co-teaching situation, I experienced these attempts frequently at the beginning of the school year. My students have had a shock. It doesn’t work at school. Constantly amazed at their inability to play one teacher’s response against the other, it was explained to them in this way:
Simply, the teachers share the same brain.
Following this explanation, the question could be heard debated from all sides of the room. Are we talking two brains or are they half-brained?