Interstellar Adventures

October 18, 2006

Stuck Again

Filed under: Brain Farts,Elle & Zed — by InterstellarLass @ 8:36 am

I find myself blocked. I keep hoping for something to bubble to the top, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Actually, that’s not true. I have a post in mind. It’s been on my mind for over a week now. But it’s very personal to me and I don’t know that I can post it. I’m afraid of all the emotions I’ll go through in posting it. Nick is having some rambling thoughts too.

So, to fill up space:

Zed and I worked on percentages last night. Most of what he missed on his tests that he was making up happened to relate to percentages. The other stuff was just mistakes due to sloppy work. After we’d worked on percentages for 45 minutes, we had dinner, then worked on them for another 45 minutes. When it was all done, I asked if how I taught it was how his teacher taught it. He said no. And I can’t really get a handle on how they’re being taught, because he has no text book. They have workbooks at school, but there is no text book for him to bring home. This is bothersome to me. I think more and more schools are going to workbooks/worksheets/one set of texts that stay at school. How are kids supposed to study? Correct me if I’m wrong, because I suck at math, but figuring a percent of something (say 6 of 18 balloons are red, what percentage are red?)  is (x/y)*100=z%. So (6/18)*100=33% (using rounding).

The results from Elle’s 1K race last Saturday finally became available. There was some major snafu with the 5K timing that held it all up. Elle got 4th in her age group and 20th overall. Good girl!

OK, and this is just DUMB. It drives me crazy when people ban things just to prevent even the possibility of someone getting a bump or a bruise. Next thing you know, people will be wrapping their children in bubble wrap. Just moronic. And on the exclusionary thing – that’s life. People are excluded for one reason or another. It happens. In the work-place, in college, in real life. It pisses me off that schools are trying to create an imaginary world where stuff doesn’t happen. And then later on when it does, the kid is going to get a rude awakening. Learn to take the good with the bad. You’re going to have to eventually.

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