Thursday, June 5, 2008

Wednesday- Indiana Jones

We saw the Indiana Jones movie this morning. J9 was the only one really keen on it, but we all liked it. He got scared in a couple of bits, and I noticed A5 had her eyes shut.

T1 watched snippets, but mostly ran round and round the theatre, and outside of the theatre too.

Afterward we had a few little jobs to do, then we went home to relax.

I've been thinking about a conversation I overheard between some homeschooling mums.

This one lady said she was spending extra time with her dd since she is still not competent with basic math facts (addition and subtraction to 20) after 8 or 9 years of curriculum! I was astonished. How can one not be competent with basic math at 13? I know the answer...curriculum. How much more would this child have learned had she been left alone- if she could have baked biscuits, or played video games, used pocket money and a bank account, and done the shopping.

But that isn't the saddest part of much damage has been done to what she thinks of herself- how she sees mathematics.

How many people needlessly believe they are "hopeless at math"?

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