SunshineMom Posted July 15, 2009 Share Posted July 15, 2009 We had a some friends visit for a couple of days. My friend is a ps teacher and her son is 8yr, going into 3rd grade. My 6yr and him were collecting rocks and chatting about their finds. The topic came up about whether rocks were alive. He said yes rocks were alive, what? I explained they were not and gave several measurements to find out if something was alive or not. Well my 6yr pipes in and says "well, at one time if it was a fossil, it did hold something that was alive." Smarty pants. Of course, my friend's head whipped around to her. I told my daughter to quiet down and under her breath she says "I showed him my fossils but he was unimpressed." Later this same child said that fruit were really vegetables because they had seeds, again, what? I just don't get it.......how could he be so wrong yet his mother is a teacher? My friend and I discussed problems with the public school system. She reported that kids are passed on from grade to grade even though some should fail, parents pushing kids into TAG type programs (advanced) when not warranted and kids lacking in basic skills. I have been reading "The Conspiracy of Ignorance" and Martin Gross's overview of the pubic school system was confirmed by my friend's teaching experiences. I am a little dumbfounded. I knew ps was lacking but I just didnot know by how much. Additonally, my daughter is participating in a science camp designed for 1st graders in Sept. It has been a waste of our $135 and really is a sciency daycare program. My husband is throwing up his hands saying that we could have bought several books/materials with that money instead. I thought a class from a Science Museum would not be dumbed down, I was wrong. I am getting the message however it is hard to hear. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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