I hate Homework

I helped daughter #2 with her fifth grade science fair project last month. She received a C minus.  The report had to be written in APA style and have 12 sources. The whole thing was riculous. The students were given over 24 pages of instructions and guidelines- an exmple of “rigorous teaching.”  The science fair manual for fifth grade was the same used by high school students in the district. I’m reminded of an old Piaget quote, where he said that when Americans heard about his theory of developmental stages, they would always ask how they could speed it up.

Daughter #1 is also in fifth grade at a slightly less ambitious school. She had to answer questions for a study guide on Old Yeller last week. She asked to use my laptop, then googled “old yeller study guide” and found the answer key to the very same questions online.

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January 16, 2011. Uncategorized.

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