I made an error in my last post about my daughter's school issues.The assumption that I was responsible for her rapid pace of learning - that my decision to provide a structured learning environment at home is the reason Danica has such strong academic skills - was stated plainly and resonated through every sentence. This arrogant assumption completely undermines the reality that she is responsible for her learning. She is driving this bus....more
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One of my most recent assignments was to bring in a picture of me from any time between kindergarten and 12th grade. I didn’t really know why we had to bring them in, but I grabbed the only one I could find in the house and did so anyway. My teacher put each picture under the projector (yeah…didn’t exactly expect that one.) and asked us what the best “thing” our teacher(s) ever gave us was, and what we wish they had. It took a little while for the class to ...more
But here's one issue I didn't see coming: teaching our kids about disasters, though I'm not talking about those fire, hurricane or tornado drills I remember from when I was a kid. I'm talking about how we are teaching our kids content related to past catastrophes and present engagements: wars such as Vietnam and Afghanistan, and natural disasters such as Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Steve (Izzy's Dad) and I take it in turns to look after Izzy at the weekends, and this weekend it was my turn. So as planned, Steve summarily turned up at my house to drop Izzy off. But with an addition. Under her arm, Izzy was carrying a big, ugly stuffed toy rat (with a horrible thick pink tail). Once Izzy was out of earshot, I turned to Steve. "What in god's name is that vile rat-thing that she is lugging about?" ...more
I've had a bee in my bonnet, so to speak, the last couple of weeks. One of my daughter's best friends is my niece. I love my niece, but the things she has been saying to my daughter has made me question what she is learning and who she is learning from?...more