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The Wave Chapter 10

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Chapter 10

  • While Ben is drinking coffee in the teacher's lounge, he gets a message that Principal Owens wants to see him.
  • Dun dun dun. He's pretty sure he's in trouble.
  • But he has to admit, it would be a bit of a relief if Principal Owens told him to shut down The Wave.
  • On the other hand, what would happen to Robert Billings? Thanks to The Wave, Robert has gone from class loser to an accepted member of The Wave community. Plus, he's finally doing well in his classes. If The Wave were to end, would Robert go back to the way he was before?
  • Ben is also worried that if The Wave were to shut down now, his students wouldn't have learned what he wanted them to learn from it. The whole thing would have been for nothing.
  • When Ben gets to Principal Owens' office, he's a little surprised. He thought Owens would be angry, but he seems to be smiling and happy. What gives?
  • Not so fast. First, he asks Ben to explain The Wave.
  • Ben explains that it's an experiment to help students understand what happened in Nazi Germany.
  • Now Owens looks a little less happy. (Duh.)
  • Owens is not psyched about the chanting and the salute. He warns Ben to be really careful with this.
  • Ben promises that he's completely in control, but Owens wants to be sure that a mob of angry parents isn't going to show up asking why their kids are joining some weird cult.
  • Again, Ben promises him that won't happen. And since Ben has never let him down before, Principal Owens is going to let him continue with the experiment.
  • And so it continues…

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