Thursday, January 19, 2012

Duck Soup

Man, homework is hard. I mean my son's homework is hard. He's only in first grade and I am not looking forward to second grade math. I was never very good at math and I didn't enjoy it. Going up the the blackboard when you don't know what you are doing turns into a long walk. I can tell you exactly who my junior high and high school math teachers are just because I felt that animosity towards them even though now I know they were just trying to help me. My 7th and 8th grade math teacher was Mrs. Levine. She looked and talked like Jerry Seinfeld...no wonder I was confused. Looking back now I think she was trying to do a bit about fractions. You ever wonder why fractions are the way they are? Where do they get off? They are not even whole numbers!

I have to say that for me personally, Geometry was a waste of time. My high school geometry teacher, Mr. Kendrick used to say "It's so easy, it's like duck soup" I still don't know what the heck that means. To me, making duck soup seems pretty hard. There's that bill to deal with and duck can get overcooked easily. Why didn't he just say chicken soup? Chicken soup is easy. Being able to prove that a triangle is a triangle has never applied to my life in any way. As an artist, I have drawn many triangles but thankfully never had to explain WHY it was a triangle.

First grade math has made me felt validated. I am able to help my son with his word problems and his addition and subtraction. I gather that I will be able to multiply and divide as well and MAYBE be able to do some fractions...but at some point I am going to be way in over my head. Thankfully we now have Umi Zoomi which has taught me a lot about math. When my daughter says that I am Bot I am not sure if I should take it as a compliment because of his rotund size but I do enjoy the fact that he can show you just about anything on his Belly Belly Belly Screen. Sure could have used Bot in Kendrick's class. Now that would have made it duck soup!

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