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Thursday, November 16, 2006

My kids' school

First, an aside... I was thinking about another thing they don't teach in public schools any more, which is diagraming sentences. It has fallen by the wayside like cursive. I know it's not a critical skill, but I think it makes it easier to write clearly. So last night I had a dream that I was subbing for a first grade class and I was teaching them all about adjectives.

Anyway, tomorrow I have a meeting with my fourth grader's teacher. I kind of feel like I owe her an apology because I think I make it more difficult to teach. I sent her a note saying that he will not be doing her math homework any more, but instead my own math program because of his unacceptable MCAS scores. At the same time I feel like I am owed an apology from the person who chose that horrible curriculum.

I guess deep down I still think I should homeschool, it's just not the right time, as I balance my own school and work. :-(

Ok, update... My husband and I went to the school, got to watch the kids' classrooms, talked with the principal, and talked with my 4th grader's teacher. It went very well. I'm always very impressed by what I see when I actually go in. Also I tried apologizing to her but she said "Don't apologize for being an advocate for your child", so obviously she understands where I'm coming from and doesn't take any of this personal. There is no "solution" to the math issue other than me supplementing like I've been doing. So that's about it for now, but at least I feel a little more at peace about everything.

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  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Dana said…

    I think that is great that you are supplementinghis learning- I hate homework, and think that it should be banned until about 4rth grade, than big projects are great to teach organization and stuff.
    I too am a wanna be homeschooler, but with my OCD I just could not see me being able to get along with my kids and stay sane- so we ps.


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