Here's a good one for you by Taylor the Teacher
I run hot and cold when I read stuff like that. I mean, I know it's true and I'm so glad I know it. But it bothers me. I don't like that my daughter is in that environment all day. The only reassuring thing for me is that she is there of her own free will (unlike the majority of high schoolers). She has learned to tolerate the really moronic teachers and make friends with the really cool ones. Although I think high school is a complete joke and a waste of childhood, I don't let K know how I feel and I'm very supportive of her choice.
The other night we were going over homework together and it was algebraically solving 2 problems for "y", coming up with their corresponding "x", plotting the points on a graph, then looking to see where they intersect. Can someone please tell me what the point of that is? How is this something that can relate to a child's life? Where in God's name are these kids ever going to need something like that?! Teach my daughter how to balance a checkbook and pay bills. Teach her how to choose an insurance plan. Teach her how to comparison shop for a new car. THIS is what kids need to learn. THAT is what math class should be. When kids are older and decide they'd like to be an engineer, architect, or mathemetician, THEN they can sign up for pointless-to-everyone-else-in-the-whole-world-but-them math classes.
Imagine your boss at work required all employees to spend 3 hours each day after work at a class on Battleship. Yes, the game. This expensive course (that comes out of your paycheck - sorry, it's company policy) focuses on the exact written rules and strategies of the game. You will have to choose a report topic (5 typed pages with footnotes) and read (with full understanding or else) long books - like, Staying Away from the Edge and Why No One Can Find Me by I.M. Sodumb - and there are tests every Friday. It doesn't matter that you've always hated that game or that it has nothing to do with your job as a stockbroker. If you fail, you will take it again and again until you can pass. Your instructor (who just learned about Battleship the month before the class, yet acts like she invented the game) seems like she'd rather be anywhere else and has recently humiliated you when for the third time you couldn't state the obvious difference difference between rows B and F. BTW, if enough in the class can get good grades, Hasbro will award the CEO, CFO, and the 4 VPs with a nice stipend and send them each on a 5-night cruise. How would you feel? Would you complain (to deaf ears)? Would you just give up and feel defeated? Would you just not show up? What if all companies required this of their employees (you can't just look for a new job)? After 10 years of this program, the employees, like drones, just go religiously every day. They look zoned out and tired and aren't really paying attention. They don't like being there, but go because they have to or they'll lose their jobs. Complaining in the past just brought tons of red tape and resentment. I wonder if any of them will enjoy Battleship in the years after the course is over. Um. I doubt it. Yeah. That's what high school math is like to me.
At least K sees school for what it really is and will not be beaten down by it. She goes to enjoy new friends, create a good cheerleading team, perform in the talent show next month, gain a little more independence, maybe go to Europe next year, and see how well she can do playing the grades game. And it is a game. Real life is in the real world. Real life is being your own person, making your own choices, and being comfortable and happy.
Now read the above article again.