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  1. If you already have a mechanically reliable truck/SUV he can drive, or if a new truck/SUV will better suit his/your life when (if?) he returns to farm country, then I wouldn't buy another type of car JUST for L.A. There are plenty of trucks and SUVs around here. Yes, gas is more expensive here, but with mostly weekend driving the savings will be minimal. As for power, you don't need much when you are creeping along on freeway traffic at 5 mph or waiting for the signal at the freeway on ramp to turn green. :driving: Truthfully, there are times you need power on the freeways, but trucks and SUVs often have more power than smaller cars do. Also, trucks and SUVs are often more crash worthy than small commuter cars. Just a few thoughts which I hope help.
  2. Dss like their new Ivars which redistribute weight in a back saving manner. That also causes less strain to the bottom seams, making the packs hold up well. They appear sturdy so far. Dss have the style called Alta. http://www.amazon.com/Annex-Pack---BLACK/dp/B003EASGAO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1428111038&sr=8-4&keywords=ivar+backpack
  3. Faith, I just now read about all that you've been through and are going through. Please know that we are praying for your entire family. Sandra
  4. My sons are14 and say they learned much from the WWS series. Even though they are natural writers, I chose WWS to help them develop a more methodical approach to their writing. Gifted writers sometimes find it hard to reign themselves in and follow the structure required of particular professional settings. I saw this periodically during the decades when I practiced law. By the end of WWS1, dss were able to use the program somewhat independently. HTH.
  5. "The deeper meaning of a painting of a bowl of fruit is that the artist was obviously very hungry." Such a discerning young man. He recognized the work of a Starving Artist.
  6. Great ideas. Since none of the Martial Arts moms chimed in on the prevention issue, I'll mention that a self-defense class would make a good gift to someonegoing off to college. While I forgot the physical defense aspects of a class I took long ago, I never forgot the assertiveness training that was involved. The teacher made all the gals walk past her as she gave cat calls or made lewd comments and each gal had to look her square in the eye and yell, "Leave me alone!." That kind of role playing can work wonders with a timid person who may never have practiced making a commotion. Another thing we had to practice was walking like a non-victim: confident, with shoulders back and eyes glancing around to notice danger, and an alert look on our faces. It's even possible to practice at home by marching up to a mirror, making a stern face and yelling, "Back off!"
  7. Not long ago, some great advice was shared on these boards: Teach your students what to do if they are in a car accident. The recent discussion about rape culture on college campuses got me thinking that it might be fruitful to have a thread about things that we should teach our students to do should they (or their friends), become victims of sexual assualt. I worked for a Rape Education Program on my college campus in the seventies and our efforts indeed reduced the number of rapes at the school. Recently, one local college (Occidental) "quietly" settled lawsuits by at least ten sexually assaulted women who spoke against the school's mishandling of their reports of sexual assault. Seems like a step backwards, not forwards. When things are "quieted" it is easy for them to be minimized, and even to slip from our minds. If it's good to tell teens what to do if they get in a car accident, how much more important is it to teach them what to do if they are sexually assaulted? Please post any advice you can think of. To start, here are a few that I can think of: Call the police or community rape crisis center if there is one. Don't destroy any evidence, such as e-mail apologies from your assailant, and distrust anyone who tells you to do so. Know that showering after a rape can destroy evidence, so call the police first. If you can't remember what to do, search the internet for the steps to take. Remember that mom loves you, so call her. Parents, keep open the lines of communication so your students feel comfortable calling you in time of crisis, because pain and emotion may cause them to forget what to do. Not only will you be able to comfort them, you will also be able to remind them of important things, such as "Don't delete that e-mail apology from your assailant, and distrust anyone who tells you to do so!" You may have taught your students to be "innocent as doves," but don't forget to teach them to be "wise as serpents." And I don't limit that to warning them about predators. If you taught your students to trust authority, please also teach them to recognize the conflicts of interest around them. Help them evaluate all advice with the understanding that it may be tainted by unrecognized bias, conflict of interest (money, politics, professional standing, etc.) or even outright deception. TIA, Hive, for chiming in with any other advice you can think of.
  8. Congratulations to your son. and KUDOS to his teacher!
  9. You and dd have visited other schools, right? Were you treated respectfully at the other schools? This school isn't the only game in town, is it? The question, then, is whether this bigoted professor is an aberration, or merely someone who is speaking what others are secretly thinking. There may be no way to find out, but your daughter has now witnessed the fact that no number of advanced degrees can separate a human being from human bias or human foible. Decades as a trial attorney taught me this. Holding a degree in science does not exempt a person from bias. Consider this question: Have any scientific institutions ever excluded groups of people based on race or gender? If so, then no amount of scientific training removed bias from the hearts of the people involved, did it? Consider this question: Have any scientific studies ever been influenced by money? Have clinical trials ever been shortened for primarily economic reasons or to get a product on the market first? If so, then people in scientific professions are influenced by other considerations, aren't they? When you realize that science is not a separate, living entity, but a discipline that is only as good as the people employing it, you get a different perspective, don't you? Your daughter may encounter prejudice, but if she lets bigoted people discourage her from pursuing science, she allows them to make science an exclusive club. Doesn't it scare you that the professor you encountered wields so much power? Independent of his bigotry, consider the manner in which he draws categorical conclusions. What evidence supports his statement that the Bible was written by people on drugs? All 66 books of the Bible? All 40 authors? Suppose he believes that certain visions in the Bible sound like drug induced hallucinations? Is it reasonable for him to make a sweeping proclamation about the entire Bible, which includes writings that describe no visions? You no doubt already crossed this school off the list, and for good reason. Granting that professor power over your daughter's future would be a big mistake. Don't let one mean-spirited person dissuade your daughter. Best of luck to both of you.
  10. Thank you for raising these issues. I plan to contact the high school to learn whether or not the curriculum really matters. If all that matters is the placement results, then I will look at switching to AOPS Algebra for the rest of the year. Thanks again, everyone.
  11. Thank you for the advice, everyone. Although there is flexibility in most things, the school is very rigid about which curricula can be designated as Algebra on the transcript. My son wanted the Art of Problem Solving as his official curriculum but the school said the transcript would designate AOPS Algebra as math and he would get no credit for Algebra when he goes to public high school if he uses AOPS Algebra. So son is using Chalk Dust Algebra, which is approved. Although AOPS is still on our shelf for supplementation and fun, doing both as full programs is too much. It would be nice if some differentiation were available for bright students, but it sounds like that is a privilege, and not a right in California. I haven't been able to find too much information on that issue. Thanks again, all.
  12. We homeschool through a California public charter school. When my son scored a perfect math score on standardized testing back in second grade I asked the school about support for gifted students. I was told to chat with another mom who had a gifted child, and that was it. Now, after years of similar performance in all categories I am concerned that my son isn't being challenged enough. If there is evidence of giftedness, does the law require testing of a child who attends a public charter school that is not a brick and mortar school? Since we have been homeschooling, I never felt like we needed the label "gifted" even though performance and family history make the designation likely. Ds will attend a brick and mortar public high school, which prompts a second question. Is it even worth worrying about if he will leave the charter school that he is with now? TIA for any info, advice or comments you can offer.
  13. Yes, I will check the high school forum. The school here offers 24 AP courses (46 sections)and requires parents to sign statements declaring that they are not enrolling students in AP just to boost their GPAs or to get them accepted to college, but because they value scholarship.The parents must also promise not to involve their children in too many extracurriculars. This suggests the courses are offered for their intrinsic value, which is more in keeping with our educational philosophy. Sorry to hear you have so few offerings there. Thank goodness for the Art of Problem Solving. Good luck and thanks again. :)
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