Posted On: Friday - January 1st 2021 6:29PM MST
In Topics:   Curmudgeonry  Educational Stupidity
The above image is from a workbook for a 3rd-grader. It's a new year, but he's catching up on some school work from last year. We didn't make a resolution on this procrastination thing for him, as he's got a number of more high-priority resolutions.
The reason for the procrastination is perfectly understandable to me at this point. The blurb there is from a writing assignment, more than a reading assignment. With his math skills top notch, and his interest in, and understanding of, a little science satisfactory also, it's the writing that's come last for him. He seems to hate it.
It's not the handwriting, which is C- level on a good day. His spelling is pretty good, and, as I told him, "the more you read, the better you'll be at spelling." He's been putting this writing off, though.
"Hey, it's just a couple of sentences that they want. Look at me on my blog here. I think about what I want to write about, get some sentences in my head, and start writing." "No, but I can't just write about what I want." "OK, just answer the questions they've got about the thing you read." I looked at the book to help him out or at least see what the hold up was.
I saw that blurb of hifalutin Ed School brain-storming out of a Master's Thesis hypothesis. "Inferences"? Really, for a 9 year-old? Listen, I know the writer of this book spent a lot of his or the taxpayers' money on an advanced degree. You want to get your money out of this. Putting this kind of thing in the elementary school kids' books is, I'm sure, a big feather in your cap. Please, though, just STOP!
You can leave that Big Ed stuff in the book proposal, or in your resume in which you note how you used advanced teaching methods in your book, so it's simply the best, a paragon of excellence, in fact. Fine, but please don't actually put this crap in the book itself!
The first idea is for the kids to just plain READ. My kid can read very well, thank you very much. Then, since this is even more about writing, you ask questions about the passages to test both reading comprehension and writing ability. He'd have been able to accomplish that. However, when you put in this Big Ed theory of reading, or whatever it is, you just confuse even the smart ones... and their parents! I can't help my kid with this stuff. I get the terms, but I don't even WANT to think of clues and inferences. I completely understand his procrastination on this shit now. I hate it more than he does, I think.
Homeschooling looks better and better by the year and with each passing PanicFest.