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EKS last won the day on January 26 2013

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  1. What's weird is that I've visited them a lot and never heard it. But this is what they tell me. What I *have* heard is the airplanes (small planes) going overhead. In the morning. While I'm still in bed. They live in flight path to the local airport. Now *that* would send me over the edge!
  2. My parents live near a transfer station and the biggest problem they have is noise from the trucks' back up beepers.
  3. Older son's first classes: Trigonometry (which he placed into but mostly knew), freshman composition, and drawing Younger son's first class: Astrobiology
  4. We've found that if you see the same sorts of comments over and over, it is generally pretty accurate.
  5. I think we fast forwarded through the easier videos and then watched the ones of the harder material. But the real lesson happened after the video working with me. As for what happened afterwards, it was a bit mixed up. We did half of Jacobs Algebra that next year, but when we went to complete the book the next fall, he refused to write out any work, so I backed off and had him do about half of Saxon 8/7. Then we started over with Jacobs and he zoomed through all the way to the end.
  6. As someone who has had drag two kids kicking and screaming through their writing assignments, I say forget the summaries and ask him to tell you about...whatever. Whatever it is you're learning about. Let him write. Do not squelch his enthusiasm! I promise that in ten years when he has moved out of the house and all you're left with is a box full of work, you'll know it was the right decision. He can learn to write a proper summary later. I'm serious.
  7. I'm talking about in addition to using good resources and having experts to talk to (or taking a class).
  8. My experience is that in addition to learning the concepts and applying them by doing a ton of problems, you have to want to find the connections, find the simplicity in the complexity, be driven to thinking about it a whole lot. Like in the shower, while driving, when you wake up in the middle of the night, in addition to the actual study time.
  9. There is such a thing as developing an intuition for chemistry. I know this because I was able to do it for organic chemistry. It comes from understanding the concepts and applying them to a ton of problems while at the same time always thinking about how things are working (as opposed to memorizing and cranking it out).
  10. I completely disagree with this--and I have a degree in biochemistry and worked as a scientist in a lab for 10 years. Lab work, hands on work, whatever you want to call it, is the LEAST important part of learning to think scientifically. First you need a vast body of knowledge--which is going to come from books mostly--but that isn't sufficient. You also need to work with the material--mentally--and that is where doing problems comes in. Then you need to apply your knowledge to the world outside the books--like lewelma talks about upthread. But this doesn't need to happen in a lab b
  11. Well, I certainly didn't mean to imply that it was complete. It was just an example of how complicated a problem it it is.
  12. Of course it's incomplete! But it certainly isn't nonsense, and it certainly isn't untrue. My point was that people tend to focus on schools being "terrible" as causal, when it is far more complicated than that.
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