And why not? A new school year, and not a promising start. The Kid started junior high last Monday, and the first homework she had (which wasn’t assigned until Thursday) was in P. E. Not math, not English, not geography … P. E. And what sort of homework can a kid possibly have in P. E.?
“Oh, we watched a video about famous women athletes, and we’re supposed to pick one and write a paragraph.”
“I don’t remember their names.”
“Then how are you going to write a paragraph about any of them?”
“Well, one of them was Babe something …”
“Babe Didrikson Zaharias?”
“Yeah, that’s the one!”
Call me old-fashioned, but why weren’t the kids out there doing something, well, physical? What was the point of watching a film about athletes? If the teacher wanted to make P. E. a pseudo-academic subject, I can think of other things she could have done … perhaps pictures of sagittal sections of the obese body compared to the athletic body, or pulmonary function tests of a smoker compared to a non-smoker. But this might be too much to expect from a teacher who writes: Students who miss a class will be expected to make up work by reading and summarizing “an interent” article. First misspelling, just a slip of the fingers. Second misspelling of same word in the same paragraph, and I think she has no business expecting anything from my child.