I can’t stop thinking about the lady in the George Zimmerman case who couldn’t read cursive. So what? One of my kids got an F in cursive in 5thG and can type up a storm on texting and keypads. Who gives a kid an F in cursive anyway?
One of our daughters is behind the pace of her peers w auditory & visual processing, writing, & math. By no means stupid, she reads 4 grades above her current level. It’s a struggle, can’t remember to pickup messes and on to something else. Not ADD, just distracted. Focuses in the now. Not sure there is anything wrong with that-when you are a kid.
Looking at a paper she had to write, she is kind and considerate of the battle of war & race. Her teacher decided to rewrite her story, managing to forget the period at the end of the sentence. No stars or stickers for my kids efforts.
With educational accommodations, the kid wants to be a veterinarian or maybe an astronaut. We’ve given in to every critter imaginable to encourage learning, compassion and love. Chickens, goats, cats, turtles, fish, horses, hamsters, and even a donkey. She knows we have more than 900 exoplanets and that I wanted to be a quantum physicist all my life. My math skill deficiency prevented that- I learn on line, as do they. I ask questions from the likes of Dr. Bob and others on Twitter, who kindly respond to me and the kids most basic questions. Not old enough for their own Twitter accounts, they think a reply from
@genejm29 @cupsdaddy @satispy is like a rock star autograph!
All the kids are space nuts w Satellite & planet apps for viewing and making wishes upon falling stars. Friends think they are nutty until one of the kids finds the ISS w out an app. Funny, they believe in UFO’s- that they are friendly, and just maybe God created them to come to Earth and make people.
I ended up w 3 degrees- Pre-law, Communications and somehow managed enough credits for a Sociology degree. While certainly not brilliant, to see your child struggle just sucks. How is learning so easy for some and not others? Because everyone learns differently. We tell them only God is perfect and he has a plan for you- that you must guide yourself to knowledge, because it is power.
We also remind them how Margret Thatcher was a Prime Minister, but women can’t drive or vote in many parts of the world. That women can be property and to own yourself with good choices. They know about Benghazi, Fort Hood, yesterday’s NavyYard shooting and they watched people fall from WTC. Duck Dynasty might say we teach, “That’s the facts, Jack.”
In 7th & 8th G, they can write a check, have filled out job applications, know what tuition costs & that u have to pay taxes on everything from property to a Popsicle. All the things that school is negligent in teaching. X + Y = U fail.
We all follow politics and Mrs O lunches. They know what it is to pay taxes on an allowance & that social security may not exist when they are old. They held their grandmother’s hand when she died and took the chickens to slaughter. They have killed what we have eaten and are not a bad shot with what is now politically correct to call a, “long gun.” Farmer’ daughters!
The kids loves to paint, everything from funky fingernail designs to originals on paper. Ask what they want
to be when they grows up. “Happy,” is the reply. Good enough. I grew up to be a parent, farmer & happy. Lucky me, I found love along the way. Occasionally the degrees come in handy, but life lessons on how to make others happy has been far more rewarding.
Now we face another round of mandated educational testing in order to receive special accommodations to learn what is taught. The state, district and probably another trip to a renowned neurological clinic to rule out any medical issues. Yep, only God is perfect.
Oh, and common core sucks, but life doesn’t.
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