When it comes to elementary education, there are three things I feel pretty strongly about. I don’t believe in homework for students in grades K through 4. I think kids need way more recess than they currently receive. I don’t believe kids should have cell phones in school. If you’ve been around here for a […]
I’m Pushing Back On Homework. Hard.
This is the box that contained the pizza we had for dinner tonight. Those holes and that big gash in the box? That is the result of a homework meltdown tonight. It’s not the first meltdown we’ve had here. It’s not the second. It’s not the third. Between my second, third, and fourth grader, it’s […]
Are your kids playing you?
I work Monday through Friday coaching the swim team from 4:30 to 8:30. So I’m not really around once all the kids are home from school to help out with homework, but I am 100% the default parent in that department. Number 3 and 4 get home from school around 3:00, so they know if they […]
A Letter To My Child’s Teacher
Editor’s note: I did send this exact email to one of the kid’s teachers, but wanting to not throw the kid under the bus, I changed the Number of the kid and I may or may not have changed the gender. Dear Mr. (Science Teacher), As you know, there is a personal science experiment due […]
Maximum Threshold Reached
This afternoon after I picked up Number 7 from school, we made a quick stop at the place where I get my hair cut because I had to ask them a question, and when we left they gave Number 7 a lollipop and when we got into the car she took the wrapper off and […]
The way we teach math is f*cking ridiculous.
Today I had a conversation with Number 3’s math teacher and I broke down crying. Yep. I was sobbing on the phone over math homework. And I used to be an elementary school teacher. But last night was the last straw. Number 3 lost all focus. I lost all patience. And ultimately, he crumbled up his math […]