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  1. Arcadia

    how many of your toddlers were climbers?

    All including my nieces and nephews but they climbed up pianos instead of kitchen drawers. Somehow they liked sitting on top of our upright pianos.
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    Another large homeschool family in the news

    From CBS news http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/05/24/father-charged-with-sex-crimes-in-fairfield-child-torture-case/ ”Father Charged With Sex Crimes In Fairfield Child Torture Case FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — Prosecutors have added four counts of committing lewd acts with a child to the charges against a Fairfield father who is in custody for allegedly abusing and torturing his 10 children. The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed four counts of committing lewd acts with a child under 14 against Jonathan Allen at a brief court appearance Thursday. The judge also ruled that Allen and his wife, Ina Rogers, will be tried together.”
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    Do you know what your family name means?

    Yes I know but it is easy as my family name and my husband’s family name are both in the top 10 Chinese family names in China. My oldest boy had that assignment in kindergarten.
  4. From FDA on 23rd May 2018 https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm608265.htm “We have been closely monitoring the risk of methemoglobinemia with the use of OTC and prescription local anesthetics and previously communicated about this risk in 2014, 2011, and 2006. We estimate that more than 400 cases of benzocaine-associated methemoglobinemia have been reported to FDA* or published in the medical literature since 1971. There are likely additional cases about which we are unaware. As part of our continued monitoring of this safety risk, we recently evaluated 119 cases of benzocaine-associated methemoglobinemia reported to FDA and identified in the medical literature in the 8½ years between February 2009 and October 2017. We have continued to receive cases even after our 2014 communication. Most of the 119 cases were serious and required treatment. Twenty-two cases occurred in patients younger than 18 years, and 11 of these were in children younger than 2 years. Four patients died among the 119 patients, including one infant. We also conducted a study comparing the relative ability of the two local anesthetics benzocaine and lidocaine to make methemoglobin. The study showed that benzocaine generated much more methemoglobin than lidocaine in a red blood cell model.”
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    Media mail-workbooks and flashcards

    No problems with books regardless of whether they are textbooks, workbooks, magazines or any other binded material. For flashcards, mine had to be part of a book set (in a box with accompanying CDs) for the staff to accept under media mail. http://about.usps.com/notices/not121/not121.htm “Media Mail rates are limited to the items listed below: Books (at least 8 pages). Sound recordings and video recordings, such as CDs and DVDs. Playscripts and manuscripts for books, periodicals, and music. Printed music. Computer-readable media containing prerecorded information and guides or scripts prepared solely for use with such media. Sixteen millimeter or narrower width films. Printed objective test materials and their accessories. Printed educational reference charts. Loose-leaf pages and their binders consisting of medical information for distribution to doctors, hospitals, medical schools, and medical students.”
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    Math 2 SAT II

    Do one practice test in the morning and one in the afternoon since the practice test only takes an hour. 10 days is more than enough time since doing five to six tests is more than enough practice usually. DS12 did the two CollegeBoard tests from the CollegeBoard subject test book for practice and scored 750 last August after finishing AoPS intermediate algebra. DS13 did the practice tests from the Barron’s book after his AP Calculus BC exam and scored 800 last June. He took Math 2 subject test with the Physics subject test on the same morning. Math 2 subject test allows the use of a calculator even though it’s not really needed. Chemistry subject test does not allow the use of a calculator if your son is taking that on the same morning.
  7. DS13 did AoPS intermediate algebra online class concurrently with the AoPS introduction to geometry online class in Fall 2016. I don’t think the AoPS intermediate algebra class needed any background knowledge from the AoPS introduction to geometry book.
  8. He did Clover Creek Physics in 6th grade, then prep for the SAT Physics subject test after his AP Calculus BC exam in 7th grade. He did the AP class with Jeff Lanctot (PAHomeschoolers) in 8th class. He didn’t do AP Physics 1 & 2 exams as there is no point since one of his preferred major is computer engineering. It makes more sense for him to go directly to the Physics C exams (Mechanics exam, Electricity & Magnetism exam) because those would be relevant for engineering school application. He used AoPS for calculus. I could help him with calculus based physics but I prefer to outsource the nagging and deadlines.
  9. I won school level awards in both English and Math in high school, and was the team leader for the school science team. People did teased the guys in my science team but never in a mean way. No one suggested an English pathway for me other than Law school, I am effectively bilingual in English and Chinese though. There were five girls in my physics and calculus class for 11th & 12th grade which means I had lots of volunteer escorts when I studied late on campus to make sure I get home safely. My male classmates were rather chivalrous. As for teachers, Math: 1st to 10th grade were females teachers (some were nuns as I went to a catholic school), 11th & 12th grade was a female lecturer and a male lecturer co-teach and the lady was much better at multivariable calculus while the guy was fundamentally weak in math. Science: 3rd to 8th grade female teachers Physics: 9th & 10th female teachers, 11th & 12th male lecturer (former engineer) Chemistry: 9th grade female teacher, 10th grade male teacher, 11th & 12th grade female lecturer Biology: 9th grade female teacher (I drop biology after 9th) Head of Science in junior college (11th & 12th) was a lady physics lecturer So I had plenty of female math and science teachers including nuns. My cousins are mostly males and I have more nephews than nieces so I was used to a male dominated environment. My parents did pay for afterschool math tutors because I was faster than my teachers were teaching. Basically nature and nurture, and the Asian stereotype of being good in math regardless of gender means no one look at me funny for being good at math (the US Math Olympiad girls team is all Asians)
  10. From USNews article, Girls Need Confidence, Good Scores to Pursue Physics https://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2016-12-21/lack-of-math-confidence-may-deter-girls-from-physics-careers-study-finds ”Female students placed more weight on actual or perceived mathematical skill, while male students looked to their interests to guide them in their career paths. To consider physics-related careers in 12th grade, teenage girls needed to do well on math exams in 10th grade. Test scores had little bearing on male students; they were willing to pursue physics careers in 12th grade if they expressed an interest in math in 10th grade. ... "In terms of math performance, girls score as well as boys from elementary school through high school and, in the U.S., earn roughly half of the undergraduate degrees in mathematics," Janet Hyde, one of the study's authors and the co-director of the longitudinal Wisconsin Study of Families and Work, said via email. "The gender gaps are in physics, computer science, and engineering … Only a minority of students take physics in high school -- a big mistake -- and girls are less likely to take physics courses than boys are." ... It may also contribute to why more girls turn to biology rather than the math-heavy physics. Math interest, test scores and self-confidence do not play a role in either male or female students' interest in pursuing a career in biology, the study found. Researchers found no significant gender differences in chemistry career intentions. Both male and female students with more interest and self-confidence in their mathematical abilities scored higher on standardized math exams. What the students' mothers thought of their math skills was also critical to their interest, self-concept and test scores, regardless of gender. "In the family, we know that parents estimate their sons as having higher math ability than their daughters, even though the data show that girls perform as well as boys in math," Hyde said via email. "In our study, we found that mothers' perceptions of the children's math ability in seventh grade predicted the adolescent's math self-concept in ninth grade. Parents' belief in you is a powerful force." ... In Australia, the study's findings were more extreme. A teenage girl's self-confidence in her math ability influenced not only whether she would consider a physics career, but whether she was willing to pursue any major science field, the study found. In the future, STEM fields must be differentiated from one another in research on gender and STEM, according to the study. It will also be critical to understand why young women opt in to some fields, rather than focusing primarily on why they choose not to pursue others. "The nation's future economic success depends on innovations in science and technology; we can't afford to waste half of our talent -- women -- when we are in a global economic competition," Hyde said via email. "We have to figure out why women aren't entering some STEM fields. This study gives us some answers ... It tells us how math motivation in 9th grade predicts interest in STEM occupations at the end of 12th grade."” The study the article refers to is this one but has a paywall. Mathematics—a Critical Filter for STEM-Related Career Choices? A Longitudinal Examination among Australian and U.S. Adolescents https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-016-0711-1#Sec17
  11. No requirements in California other than filing a Private School Affidavit annually which doesn’t even require the names of my kids. The parents in the Fairfield, California child abuse case didn’t file a Private School Affidavit apparently.
  12. There is also the subtle racial stereotyping in schools here. A mixed race (Caucasian-Asian) child who looks more Asian would be expected to do academically better than one who looks more Caucasian. There is also at least two issues here. Getting females to major in STEM in college and getting females to work in STEM as a career. This Atlantic article, The Problem With ‘Asians Are Good at Science’, did raise some of the issues of Asians females in STEM careers. “In recent years, the authors of this article, alongside our colleagues at the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, have investigated gender and racial biases that pervade STEM professions. Our research has found that Asian Americans, especially women, often face significant career hurdles tied to perceptions about ethnicity and race. ... In this study, Asian American women engineers were significantly more likely than white women to report that they were held to higher standards than their colleagues. Taken more broadly, this suggests a pernicious bind: Though Asian Americans might be seen as having a specific set of technical skills, white men with identical skills may be assumed to have a broader range of skills they haven’t demonstrated. So, like women and other people of color, Asian Americans in STEM may have to be more skilled than white men to be seen as equally competent. “Not a whole lot is taken on promise,” said an Asian American astrophysicist. “You have to prove yourself all the time.” Asian Americans also face bias stemming from assumptions not just about how they do act, but about how they should act. At work, white men generally have more leeway in their behavior: They can shout and scream when they’re angry; they can brag when they’ve accomplished something. For women and people of color, a narrower range of behavior is often accepted. ... Our study of science professors found that Asian American women report more pressure than any other group to act feminine—and more pushback when they don’t, in the form of negative performance evaluations and assessments that they have personality problems. “ immediately started, I guess, having a reputation of being a dragon lady,” said one Asian American biologist. “Early on when I started working here, a faculty colleague of mine said ... ‘I can hear you way down the hall because your balls clang.’” Our research found that Asian Americans, both male and female, are expected to be good team players and worker bees. Asian American women engineers were significantly more likely than white women—and much more likely than white men—to report the expectation that they work hard, keep their heads down, avoid confrontation, and let others take the lead. This makes it difficult to get ahead as a scientist, a job that demands assertiveness, aggressive lobbying for research opportunities, and leadership of teams of people. “If you’re a young man, you’re a boy genius,” said a female Asian American astrophysicist. “But if you’re a young woman, you are so threatening that, in order to be able to cope and to be liked ... I have had to become as amiable as possible and a group player all the time.” She felt that she could not promote her accomplishments and thus rarely spoke about the awards and media attention she received for her work.” https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/asian-americans-science-math-bias/551903/
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    2018 AP Thread

    FYI 2018 AP Score Access Schedule for Students https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores “Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington Thursday, July 5 8 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. CT/ 6 a.m. MT/ 5 a.m. PT/ 4 a.m. AKT/ 2 a.m. HAT Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Friday, July 6 8 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. CT Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont Saturday, July 7 8 a.m. ET Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia Sunday, July 8 8 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. CT/ 6 a.m. MT Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming Monday, July 9 8 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. CT/ 6 a.m. MT/ 5 a.m. PT Canada, U.S. Territories, International Monday, July 9 8 a.m. ET/ International - local time varies”
  14. ‘In terms of the CalcBC exam, DS13 didn’t have any holes to patch in terms of content when he took it last May and he used AoPS books from prealgebra to calculus. We did however use the FRQs on the CollegeBoard website to prep so that he would write his answers in the style that is preferred by graders. 2012 full exam including MCQ and scoring guidelines https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-calculus-bc-practice-exam-2012.pdf CollegeBoard past year FRQ exams with scoring guidelines https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-calculus-bc/exam-practice AP Calculus AB & BC as well as AP Statistics are the exams that need a graphing calculator. That’s how I interpreted OP’s question as well.
  15. My kids are turn off by engineering careers because of my husband’s pay and working hours, as well as layoffs being frequent (the most recent is Qualcomm). One is looking at business and law, the other is looking at tax accounting. My lady cousins are all “mathy” and most went into accountancy because it pays better than engineering for similar ranks in the corporate world. Accountancy isn’t counted as a STEM field/career so they won’t have been counted under ladies in STEM. I was in engineering management so I could be counted as 1/3 engineering and 2/3 management, so probably not counted at all if I was surveyed during my working years. My English scores were as high as my math scores so teachers and lecturers never knew what to suggest for careers other than maybe technical writer/translator.
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