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.


  1. You know, I feel like that too sometimes when it comes to blogging. I ache to have something really fantastic to blog about to bring me new readers etc, but there’s just nothing there

    Comment by Serendipity — October 18, 2006 @ 8:50 am |Reply

  2. Ok, see so I’m not the only one who is feeling blocked lately. Good to know. Oh, and I initially came by here to tell you that the comment you just left me made me laugh out loud. Thanks I needed that!

    Comment by Kate — October 18, 2006 @ 10:08 am |Reply

  3. That started happening in Carlotta and the Chairman’s schools. I started buying texbooks from ebay. They resale for what you paid for them in most cases. Ask Jeeves for kids is also a good online resource.

    Comment by Dorothy — October 18, 2006 @ 10:53 am |Reply

  4. Man, you don’t even know how much that “all kids are winners” thing drives me crazy.

    These kids aren’t going to be able to live in the real world when finally learn that they aren’t “great” at everything, then likely grow into postal and angry adults. (Like Gary Coleman!)

    Failure is the norm. Winning is for the exceptional. It’s how you deal with failure that makes people stronger.

    Comment by creative-type dad — October 18, 2006 @ 12:38 pm |Reply

  5. OMG! No chase? No tag? That’s the only way I knew to flirt with girls until I was like… well… older 🙂

    I’ve been in about a three-month dry spell with my writing. The only thing I seem able to write at all lately is fiction. Everyone goes thru it.

    BTW, I was going to ask how WP is working for you. I transferred my blog over, for testing purposes, last week. I noticed none of my photos transferred.

    Comment by Bone — October 18, 2006 @ 1:37 pm |Reply

  6. What did these people do when they were kids and it was time for recess? Sit around and read? for crying out loud, learning how to catch yourself before you fall, how to pick yourself up again and carry on is one of lifes most important lessons! And it starts in recess during TAG!

    Comment by Laura — October 18, 2006 @ 3:06 pm |Reply

  7. i’m kind of the opposite, i have too much to write about and can’t decide what to put up. i actually have stuff in draft that i go through and delete once a month, it’s get so far behind, it doesn’t seem right to post.
    as for your math, good job mom!!! you’re hired as a tutor.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — October 18, 2006 @ 6:28 pm |Reply

  8. that’s the way i’d work out percentages too, at school we were always layden down with books for home… can’t be right not having books to refer to- I couldn’t do it.. I was naff at maths

    Comment by wisbo — October 19, 2006 @ 2:35 am |Reply

  9. Why not write it.. and keep the post private or in draft.. that way you’ve gotten it out of your system and you’ve captured how you are feeling right now.

    If you then decide to make the post public at a later date.. thats something you can do with hindsight….

    As for the maths situation (note the extra “s” I’m English after all) I’ve fought with HB’s school about this the whole time she has been there. She rarely gets homework – the excuse being that it pressures the children in the class who aren’t doing as well as others!!!! What little homework she gets is rarely marked. They go through it in class together but it means I don’t get to see how things are figured out (and don’t even get me started on long multiplication.

    OK.. I’ve rambled.. maybe I should have posted abotu this in my blog and trackbacked….

    Comment by The Womanmoose — October 19, 2006 @ 7:04 am |Reply

  10. That no tag thing is just ridiculous!

    Comment by Gypsy — October 19, 2006 @ 7:56 am |Reply

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