I Should Get An A+  

pragmaticCTcpl 62M/51F
3614 posts
6/6/2006 7:58 am

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6/8/2006 12:11 pm

I Should Get An A+

In the last two months I have spent the better part of my evenings helping my child with his homework and school projects. Long hours of fact gathering, drawing, measuring, reading and typing. Forget about a scheduled bedtime..!! I contribute this to be one of the many factors of my recent poor health. My day just never ends. I just bought the new Dean Koontz book "The Husband." Maybe I'll be able to finish it by Christmas..!!

I remember my school work when I was his age and it seems that education has become much more demanding and more difficult since that time. We didn't have computers. We hand wrote all of our reports. We didn't have such formal visual displays. We used markers, poster boards and shoe boxes.

The problem is, I end up having to help him type his reports and put together his visual presentations. Not to mention that the school supplies get more and more expensive. Why are the standards so high for such a little kid? What was wrong with the basis? Is it more important to have the work look more appealing to the eye than to know if the child has really learned something?

I was never a great student. I would call myself "average." However, I was able to do my own work without the help or guidance of my parents. Often, my son feels overwhelmed by what is asked and expected of him. The results is: He is being turned off by school. Did I mention his daily back-pack weights 25 pounds? A little curvature of the spine never hurt anyone..right?

What are we paying the teachers for? Why is all this work being brought home and left for me...the parent to assist with. These days, teachers seems to be "glorified babysitters" not educators. If this keeps up...I want to get some educational credit myself. By the time he graduates from High School I just may have myself a Master's degree.

MWWwantsmore 52F

6/6/2006 9:39 am

I know what you mean! My son comes home with some serious homework, hes a freshman and in honors classes. Hell I dont even know half the stuff he has to do!

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/8/2006 6:30 am:
I say, stop the insanity!!!

absolutelynormal 57F
6563 posts
6/6/2006 11:07 am

My daughter graduated from HS 4 years ago and it was getting like that then, everything had to be typed instead of hand written, pull pictures off the internet instead of drawing them or cutting them out of a magazine. What is this teaching them? How to use a computer, nothing more. You hit spell check, don't even have to "know" how to spell, same way with calculators. It's all stupid! Give 'em paper and a pencil, some markers and crayons and a pair of blunt ended scissors and some glue! Make it fun again!

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/8/2006 6:32 am:
Fun just isn't part of school anymore. They are prepairing the children for life. Then we wonder why children grow up too fast these days.

imLadyBambi 59M/51F

6/6/2006 1:10 pm



I was like you but, my parents were never at home so if I did need help I was fucked any way.

Lady Bambi

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/8/2006 6:33 am:
Ahhhh...I'm sorry Lady Bambi, that stinks. Imagine what it would be like for my son if I wasn't here..!! :>

rm_licki3 52M/44F
38 posts
6/7/2006 11:23 am

The biggest point you hit with us is the cost !!! Did we have to buy that much when we were in school ?? What do our tax dollars do ?? Why is there so much homework ??

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 6/8/2006 6:36 am:
Our tax dollars go to the free hot lunches...! What? We want paper and pencils to be included??!!

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