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  1. It wasn’t. At all. If you read up thread, I went out of my way to defend SKL, whom I do not think I have always agreed with in the past on every issue, because I thought her motives are pure. My kids have had to deal with a lot of garbage and are also very aggressive when it comes to self defense. My offer (meant to support other kids who also deal with obnoxious people) stands, but I am happy to delete it. Have a nice summer. I am on a board break.
  2. I had my only comprehensive grammar study in high school (11th grade) with an elderly teacher using books from the 1960s. I think my class may have been the last to have these as he retired. I also learned a lot from foreign language study. Janet Angelillo has an interesting book about teaching grammar (aimed at later elementary) that can be purchased as an ebook from Scholastic. I bought mine when it was on $5 sale, i think. She looks at how most instruction is ineffective.
  3. Comment meant to be supportive but seen as insulting was deleted. Sorry to offend.
  4. The study was of 14 to 18 year olds Anyway here it is to read https://www.pnas.org/content/118/24/e2013155118
  5. CLEP mainly exists as a way for adults going back to college. As the College Board puts it, it “helps you receive college credit for what you already know.” So a middle school equivalent would do what? Give high school credit? I am only aware of an equivalent being high schools that allow a student to test out of something, which would generally be something like a final exam for such a class, not anything standardized on a national level, since the US doesn’t have national high school admission tests. At one point, a year or two ago, they started offering some in afternoon Eastern time classes, like around 4 pm. Their time zone is actually Pacific, because their headquarters are in California, and thus the classes are at 4:30 pm in their time zone. Their audience is apparently mostly children who are enrolled in school. On their current schedule, they have at least one section of each their intro math classes except Geometry at 4 pm Eastern/1 pm Pacific https://artofproblemsolving.com/school/schedule
  6. It looks like Mississippi has a recurrent theme of white students being later inserted as co-valedictorians/salutatorians when black students have higher weighted GPAs. You will notice in the case below, the white students were given better advice and more opportunities from their counselor(s) while the black student was given inaccurate advice and steered towards lower level classes https://mississippitoday.org/2019/10/23/court-rules-against-former-student-in-cleveland-school-district-discrimination-claim-over-shared-valedictorian-title/
  7. I think this has a good explanation : In fact, before you can be accepted into an associate’s degree program, there are a number of “prerequisites” courses that you must complete and do well in. These will take you AT LEAST a year to complete. http://nursingschoolprograms.com/adn-degree/rn-degree/
  8. Here’s one — two black girls were declared valedictorian and salutatorian of their high school. They had high GPAs due to AP and Honors courses. Parents, including from the main family in town, who are white, insisted the handbook did not include the extra points in calculating valedictorian/salutatorian, and pressured the school to install two other (white) kids as well., who had the same UNweighted GPA but a lower weighted GPA. This is in Mississippi, where other young black women have sued, alleging their schools are calculating erroneously and this excluding them as valedictorians.
  9. North Dakota did not allow tribal IDs in 2018. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. https://www.npr.org/2018/10/13/657125819/many-native-ids-wont-be-accepted-at-north-dakota-polling-places Follow up from 2020 https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/806083852/north-dakota-and-native-american-tribes-settle-voter-id-lawsuits I don’t know about NRA cards, but gun permits are allowed in Texas but not state university student IDs. Here is an article explaining why IDs can be hard for some people to obtain. It sites over 600,000 registered voters in Texas alone who don’t have the required ID. It also says 11% of Americans have no photo ID.
  10. There are words that have well established English counterparts, e.g. Milan v Milano, Florence v Firenze, or established pronunciations, like Paris (vs “Paree”). There are also just wrong pronunciations. I will not pronounce Tokyo as “To-kee-oh,” but I don’t necessarily elongate the vowels fully in English. I never say “karry-oh-kee” for karaoke, and I only pronounce “karate” as “kuh-rah-dee” if I am talking about the movie with Ralph Macchio. And I definitely don’t say “croy-sant.” I think there’s a big difference between pronouncing something correctly and also making a big deal about it (pause, take big breath, and then say it slowly with emphasis). You can pronounce it correctly or more or less correctly without being dramatic, and you don’t need to overly Americanize everything and turn every “t” into a “d” and make it sound sloppy.
  11. I don’t think that’s fair to SKL. As a concerned mother of mixed children, she has a particular interest in this issue, and I agree with her that there’s a false dichotomy to discussions of race AND ALSO that most discussions among homeschoolers of how to discuss race (for example on this board) assume the parents and/or children are white, so it’s a sort of “let’s find out about those people” framing. I posted in that other thread about the lawsuit brought by Nevada resident Gabrielle Clark, a Black mother to a light skinned teen boy with green eyes and light brown hair who was assumed by his white teacher and classmates to be white, and was expected to not only specify his ethnic background, sexual preference, religion, and the like, and somehow identify as an oppressor. I think it is entirely legitimate to discuss the implications of race in mixed families. It impacts many aspects of life, as parents try to raise their children.
  12. I would be sure this is correct, as most high schools seem to typically grant two semesters of HS credit for one semester of college classes. I think one regular one semester English class is not typically seen as equivalent to three semesters of HS, but two. I don’t see how 240 hrs of college work means the equivalent of 6 HS classes.
  13. The American Chemical Society has this free middle school curriculum https://www.middleschoolchemistry.com
  14. Maybe consider an additional public state university. Since you already mentioned Michigan State, I will throw out Eastern Michigan, which has a good nursing program, or Western Michigan, which has been in the news because the university just received a $550 million donation.
  15. As a life skill, I recommend First Aid certification. The Red Cross has an online class, as an example. Very useful. I had a very good public HS health class, and I was able to step into automatic mode and immediately deal with health problems especially urgent ones like kids choking (which each of my kids has done), when I am not actually very good at emergencies in other situations.
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