I’m 41 years old. I’ve been out of school since 1991. Since then, I’ve had maybe 14 days of training at various jobs and other than that? Nuthin’.
I’m not gonna lie…my wife handles this most of the time, but occasionally I find myself helping my 7-year old with his homework. And ya wanna know something? I forget just about everything I ever learned at that age. Christopher is bringing home assignments that have to do with faces of triangles and measuring paths with paper clips and < & >. I know at some point the > sign has probably been used by engineers or homebuilders or something, but I’ve never used them a day in my life. So I don’t remember which is greater or the lesser and I don’t really care. But now I am required to remember all this crap and I am struggling.
Stephanie, on the other hand, is a whiz at this stuff. You’d think she actually IS in 2nd grade the way she helps him with his work. And that is great! But when she’s not around and he asks me to estimate how many paperclips it would take to get through the park? Honestly, I have no idea.Is it an ACTUAL park? Or just the one on his homework paper. How many square acres is it? Does it have a fence? How do we know where the park ends? It’s questions like this that go through my mind as he stares at me like I’m an idiot.
So this scares me because it’s 2nd grade! It’s not 7th grade where he’ll be asking me astrology questions (the Big Dipper has how many constellations?) or questions about the 5th President of the United States (Monroe, right?). These are EASY questions he needs help with and I’m stumped. So when they break out the geometry? I’m screwed.
Why is it they don’t teach him about movie trivia, music from 1965-2010, how to balance a budget with no income and/or starting a blog and sticking with it? THOSE topics I can help him with.