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  1. That's what we would have done except another teacher in that grade told us that the math teacher expected it to be done that particular way. If it wasn't, it would be marked wrong. That may or may not have played some factor in my decision to start homeschooling. After all, if she can do the problem and get it right, I'm not sweating whether she knows four other ways to do it.
  2. My daughter was kind of the same. Which surprised me a bit. I mean, she'd struggle with her homework--homework I couldn't help her with because I had no clue how they were wanting her to solve these math problems and it had to be done their way--and yet she'd still manage an A somehow. At least now, I can see her grasping math.
  3. Once upon a time, it was fairly easy to separate a person from their politics. For most, it was one of those topics you simply didn't talk about in polite company and everyone knew that. Oh, people still talked politics, but you could also agree to disagree and then not see someone's political views outside of a bumper sticker on their car ever again. Then social media rolled around. While it's great for so many things, it's also used by many to express their political views. That's certainly their right, of course, but there's a dark side to that. It makes it harder for people to i
  4. Can't speak for schools in your neck of the woods, but here, they almost never finish a textbook in public or private schools anyway.
  5. Based on the informal survey I've taken of people in my social sphere, that wasn't really it, though that doesn't help. It also is a case of how there's nothing universal in education. Some people loathe the books, some hate how they're taught. It really depends on where you are and who is teaching as to which is the big problem.
  6. She may not approve, but I think your suggestion would do a whole lot to fix the problem. I mean, I know how many non-readers I've talked to who say they used to love books when they were little, but then they started having to read in school and grew to hate it. That's because of stuff like you just mentioned. But if you let a kid read the books he or she wants to read--and yeah, throw in the occasional book you think they need to read even if it's not something they think is fun--you'll damage their love of reading far less than schools seem to screw them up. That's just my th
  7. Yep. This is something I've seen a ton of. If there was one universally-understood definition of all these things, one objective standard we could all examine and understand, this might be slightly less of an issue. Yet I've seen some people make some claims that are problematic on their own. Do I want my child's teachers being the ones to share those? Particular if I feel they might be outright harmful to my child? As a parent, I'm supposed to advocate for my child, yet if the teacher who is pushing these problematic views--regardless of the topic, to be sure--and then somehow argu
  8. Yeah, I'm not sure how I'll feel about it without Nate as a character, but since Elliot, Parker, and Hardison were my favorites anyway, I'm hopeful.
  9. Good news, Leverage is coming back. https://www.tvinsider.com/931862/leverage-revival-noah-wyle-original-cast-members/ And I've already seen pics of most of the cast hanging out for a bit.
  10. Dentists tend to follow clean and sterile procedures to reduce the chances of infection anyway, particular with oral surgeries. I wouldn't worry about it in the least. I had my oral surgery before all this kicked off here in the U.S., thankfully, and have been delayed in getting follow-ups because of COVID, but I wouldn't blink about going to get the work done.
  11. Jericho would be a definite. Firefly, even more so. There was a TV show called Life where the main character was a cop who'd been wrongfully convicted of his partner's murder. He filed a lawsuit and got out of prison and was reinstated to the force with a multi-million dollar settlement, which he used to try and track down his partner's real killer. It ended after one season, but I'd LOVE to see more of that one. I'd say Leverage, but we're getting more of that one, thankfully. 😄
  12. I was planning on restocking the liquor cabinet about then. Does that work? 😉 Oh, joy. Seriously, I suspect there will be some degree of burnout from time to time. I'm going to play around with X number of weeks on, one week off to try and mitigate that, but we'll see what works and what doesn't. And how well that liquor cabinet stays stocked.
  13. Well, I can't judge. That happens to me all the time, so why wouldn't it happen to her? But way to harsh my mellow! 😛 (Seriously, it's good to be reminded that's a possibility)
  14. Oh I can imagine! I wasn't too far from that at one point last week, but not quite. I suspect those days are coming, though. I mean, a whole week of homeschooling isn't nearly enough time to run the gamut of emotions involved. But this one...this is one that's really hard to ignore. 🙂
  15. It really, really is. I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😄
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