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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😄
  16. I've following homeschooling off and on for ages, though not seriously until the last little while. In that time, I've heard plenty of arguments in favor of homeschooling. I've seen people talk about how their kids began outperforming their peers. I've seen talk of how they can complete their educations early and start college sooner. I've heard some talk about eliminating what they perceive as biases in education. All sorts of reasons. Yet today, I experience a reason that makes all of those pale in comparison. On Wednesday and Thursday last week, my daughter was struggling wit
  17. Oh, this sounds fun. First, I'd have laboratories for all the sciences with all the relevant bells and whistles. Electron microscopes to actually look at atoms, for example. We'd have as complete a library as humanly possible, our own personal Library of Alexandria. It would contain both fiction and non-fiction on pretty much every subject imaginable, including some archiac (like alchemy, for example, to show how that relates to things like modern chemistry). I'd also have music teachers for any instrument my daughter had an interest in. We'd also have personal trainers come in
  18. Something worth keeping in mind is that for many of us, the push for kids to read so-called "good books" actually inhibits a love of reading. Kids don't learn to love reading because they're forced to read books that some adult thinks are good for them. They love reading because it can take them on adventures to places they've never been and to do things they've never done. Yet, if they're not free to read what some might consider crap, they're not likely to take up reading elsewhere. Like some said earlier, many of these "classics" weren't classics at the time. A favorite example of
  19. That just seems to be human nature, though. There does seem to be a tendency for people leaving (fleeing?) one type of restriction to find reasons to create those same kinds of restrictions at the opposite end of the spectrum. There may or may not be a perceived need for it, but it happens all too often. For some, it's a case of "turnabout is fair play." For others, they can rationalize it until they're blue in the face. It doesn't matter, it just is. I can't speak on this particular group because I don't know it--I'm actually in zero Facebook homeschooling groups, at the moment--but
  20. The last time I had to deal with wallpaper, we gave up after about four hours of labor with almost nothing to show for it despite scoring the paper and using a chemical remover. We ended up mixing sand with paint and putting that up over it. It helped hide the scoring on the wallpaper and gave it an interesting texture instead. Yes, I cheated, but it was either that or just burn the place to the ground at that point.
  21. I guess the way to settle which is harder is to find someone who can do both and ask them, I suppose. 🤣 Either way, it's still pretty cool.
  22. I've written a few novels, but translating novels is an artform unto itself, so my hat's off to you. That's pretty impressive. After all, to do it right, it takes more than just switching out words. You have to make those words flow in a pleasing way, which is basically like rewriting the novel in some ways. That's kind of a shame, since I've always viewed it as being arguably more difficult than writing a novel outright. Then again, I don't actually speak any other languages, so trying to translate just isn't a possibility, so that might color my perceptions a bit.
  23. That'll do it. I mean, I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins, but all I had to do was read the book at my own pace, which I did. I think I had to do a book report on it, but once I actually read it, that was easy. That's probably part of it. That and the idea that kids Have To Read This (TM) that many English teachers seem to have. They're convinced that they have to make people read "good" literature and they don't really know how to teach people to enjoy that literature. That's especially bad when you've got a dyslexic/ADHD kid that can read just fine, but hates it because of
  24. How routine are her walks? In other words, is she out and about at the same time? If so, they know when to look for her. This increases the chance of them being there to offer their harassment. If she's not willing to vary her walking area may want to vary her time. At least then, they won't know when to look for her. Even though this bunch may not have crossed the line legally, what they're displaying is predatory behavior. Not having a set routine will help throw things off since they won't know when she'll be walking by. That said, I'd strongly recommend also finding another
  25. Heh. My daughter wanted to do chemistry this year, so this is kind of perfect. Thanks!
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