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  1. I know it’s tough (been there done that with my now adult son), but I think you’ve answered your own question. Letting him suffer the consequences of his poor time management (maybe even getting less than an A in a class) will likely do much more to help him later in college (and preserve your relationship) then trying to micromanage him now, especially given that he seems to have the ability to function very well when he wants to. Honestly, getting less than an A in a class might be just the thing for him to be willing to listen to some of your time management suggestions.
  2. Exactly. My son was very advanced verbally, a voracious reader, and subsequently aced every verbal test he ever took, including on the PSAT, SAT, and MCAT. We were definitely not talking about those types of ideas in kindergarten and first grade in any formal way. At his age, the most important thing is being immersed in a language rich environment. Listening to books that are beyond his reading level and informally chatting about them is much better, in my opinion, then knowing and discussing terms like main idea, supporting facts, etc. I’d be worried that such things would turn him off even more to reading. Given what I’ve seen in most formal reading programs commonly used in public schools, I’m actually surprised any kids emerge with a love of reading. I’d stay with the grammar he likes, do tons of read-alouds with informal discussion, provide him with lots of great books at his level for reading practice, do short practical writing like letters to relatives, and maybe introduce dictation and/or copy work as a way to discuss very basic grammar and punctuation. Unless you find other structured things he loves like the grammar program you are using, I would stay away from any formal programs at such a young age.
  3. I have a vet friend who specializes in veterinary dental work. She doesn’t have her own practice, but travels to a few different locations during the week to do specialized dental work. In the past, she also did some contract teaching in her specialty area for the local vet school, as she lives in the same area and is a grad. I think overall she is happy with her choice of career, although she has mentioned more than once that her new grad son with a BS in computer science made more $ his first year out of college than she will ever make. I think her debt load was pretty low due to living and attending vet school locally (she did undergrad and vet school at the same U) and grew up in the area. I also know a student who will graduate from vet school this year. It’s all she ever wanted to do and she’d been doing a variety of animal related volunteer work since elementary school. I have no idea how she has funded vet school. I know she found the program very challenging the first year, likely compounded by the pandemic. I think the advice to not borrow more than you will make the first year is solid. Reading the article linked above reminds me of some of the people we knew when my husband went back to professional school. Personally, I think she was crazy to go out of state and borrow more than the cost of tuition, not that just borrowing that alone wouldn’t have been bad enough. We also had a child, but I worked full time (while homeschooling) and my husband worked summers and we borrowed only enough to pay the tuition we couldn’t cover from earnings and savings (I started full time work the year before he went back to school and we saved everything I made). Being married while attending professional school should ideally mean you can borrow less, not more, since you have a partner who can earn $. I certainly wasn’t earning an engineer’s salary, yet we still managed to borrow so little that it was completely paid by his eventual employer’s loan forgiveness program. In general, I do agree that state funding for state schools is woefully inadequate. But my husband’s professional school tuition was exactly the same as the vet school tuition at his U (tied for highest amounts), despite the vet students’ education probably using 100x the resources. His program used no special facilities at all, just regular classrooms. While the vet school facilities were expansive and had multiple locations both on and off campus. Not to mention that they had significantly more faculty members for a much smaller program.
  4. I do remember Colleen, but don’t recall what happened to her. But I think this is her ex-husband. https://www.organicvalley.coop/blog/swiss-alps-to-northern-cascades/
  5. You can make estimated payments throughout the year to account for this, since with CDs the interest earned is known.
  6. The IRS is testing a free (for everyone, not income dependent) direct file program in 12 states this year and some states, like mine, also have free direct file programs. These are very similar to Turbo Tax or other tax preparation programs, just without the fees. Hopefully next year it will expand to all states. If you don’t need help, the IRS also has free fillable forms, as do many states.
  7. You had MBA classmates who had never taken Algebra!?! I’m sorry, but I find that impossible to believe unless your grad program took all comers and you were basically just purchasing the degree. That they had forgotten most of their Algebra, yes that is believable. But likely the problem solving skills they developed while taking Algebra and other advanced math classes were still with them to some degree.
  8. I could see math through Algebra II plus Statistics as appropriate minimum college prep high school requirements.
  9. Stats extensively uses Algebra. They couldn’t have succeeded in Statistics without it unless it was only a conceptual course.
  10. Having taught it for many years, I would disagree. Solid algebra skills, math sense, and good problem solving skills are what lead to success in statistics.
  11. I don’t think anyone is advocating for calculus to be a requirement for social workers. But I would certainly hope she’s required to take at least one statistics class for her degree, as it would seem quite important in that field. And that means solid algebra skills through Algebra II.
  12. I would assume it was algebra based statistics you took, not calculus based statistics from the math department. One still needs two years of high school algebra for algebra based statistics. I taught it for several years and students who didn’t have solid algebra skills struggled.
  13. You’re absolutely sure neither child will ever need to take a basic college statistics class? An awful lots of majors outside the humanities and arts require it and they would generally need both Algebra I and Algebra II before taking it, although not trigonometry. So I disagree that only kids going into science-y fields need Algebra II. Business and economic majors, psychology and sociology majors, math majors, etc etc would all need Algebra II. I also disagree that only “mathy” kids can succeed at classes like Algebra II. That’s certainly not the view in most of the rest of the world. Most college bound kids in other countries are successfully mastering much more math than Algebra II.
  14. I’d leave it up to her. For some kids, practicing is as much or more fun than competing at tournaments. Hopefully she gets to participate in most if not all of the practice stuff.
  15. Hopefully her parents will choose a developmentally appropriate play based preschool rather than an academic one. There’s no need for her to be bored if it’s developmentally appropriate and full of books, language, lots of free play, art, music, large and small motor skill activities, outdoor time, etc. While teaching reading early is fine if she’s developmentally ready and eager (and mom is willing to stop as soon as it’s not fun), the most important thing is to immerse her in a language rich environment, lots of talking with adults, read-alouds (picture books and chapter books), audio books, etc. This will have way more long term benefits than learning to read at a young age. Similarly for math, the most important thing is to help a child develop number sense through daily life, games, books, etc. Personally, I think so many kids struggle with math in school because neither they nor their elementary teachers often have much in the way of number sense. While there are likely some programs out there to help with this, daily life is full of so many opportunities.
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