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Monday, October 24, 2005

The Densa Society

So, once again I wasn't able to help my son with his homework. Did I mention that he's in the fourth grade? That's right. Fourth grade. Not studying to get his PhD. Not working on his Masters. Not graduating from high school. Nah. Fourth grade. Some of the third grade stuff was tricky for me too. So it has me scratching my head: Did I learn anything in school?? How did I graduate and still manage to be so dumb? Well, I can read and sometimes I can string a few letters together and they make sense, but I guess that's about the extent of it. I know nothing about history. I know nothing about politics. I know nothing about science. I know nothing about math beyond the basics. What else is there? Oh, I know nothing about geography-- local, national, international. And even though I love to read, I know little about literature. I'm sure there's more, loads more, that I don't know. I'm smart enough, though, to have surrounded myself with amazingly smart people. I hope they haven't clued in to the fact that the cookie in their midst is missing most of her chips.


Anonymous si said...

jay are: you know, a person told me that when her son hit third grade that parents "helping" w/homework becomes problematic because parents *can't* help anymore (i don't know what has changed from how we "learned" in school). her son's teacher actually suggested that she not really try to help as it caused both the parent and the child a lot of frustration (& probably humiliation on the parent's part :-)).

so, you're not alone in "The Densa Society" (hey, that's pretty clever; give yourself credit there!). i thought that i *used* to be pretty smart (at the time) but i'm now pretty sure that my brain has gone downhill at a very steep rate. i seem to remember mostly trivial *old* stuff that is of no use to anybody, especially me! i don't seem to be very knowledgeable about most of the things that you list either. reading for me now is mostly for pleasure (steer away from "heavy") & if the book can't capture my fancy in the first chapter, well forget it.

and one more thing, sometimes cookies can still be "savored" for the few chips that they have!

1:32 PM, October 25, 2005

Blogger jay are said...

I've heard tell, too, that the methods of teaching have changed (?) and it's not so easy for parents to help their kids with homework anymore (I notice that my husband has no problem with this however. Hmm.)'ve no idea, tho, like I mentioned, just how much I don't know. I won't give any embarrassing details. Also, I can't even take credit for Densa Society. I believe it was a co-worker of my mum-in-law who had that on his license plate or plate frame. I thought it was quite excellent. By the way, your cookie comment was de-lish. I'll have to remember that.

3:05 PM, October 25, 2005

Blogger just sayin' said...

try watching a few hours of cable TV programs on the science channel or discovery or even the learning Channel. it is amazing what you will start to remember after a few nights of this.

1:53 PM, October 26, 2005

Blogger jay are said...

ah, but let's just say, for the sake of argument, that one is TV-less. Any other suggestions? (Those were good, btw)

2:03 PM, October 26, 2005

Blogger just sayin' said...

Here is another suggestion or two. After the children go to bed, pick up one of their school books and read little bit. Call your library and see if they deliver books to your home. Go online to some of the free school sites and just read.

On a different topic, I get an e-mail anytime a comment is posted to my blog. It's a very useful feature. Thank you for taking the time to delve so deeply in my little corner.

10:28 AM, October 27, 2005


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