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Don't Look At Me!
I'm amazed how much Skylar is learning in school. She is already starting to study the simplest fractions and multiplication. And the reading comprehension strategies they teach her are excellent. When I tell you what she told me yesterday as we were walking into the Foothills Mall incarnation of Chipotle -- and what is Chipotle except a place to practice incarnation? -- bear in mind that it really didn't come from any conversation that I or her mother had with her: "I want to write a non-fiction novel one day."

My goodness. Now it is true that, when we were sitting at the B & N café later that evening, she would not have been talking about epistemology and ontology without my having brought the subject up. But when she thought about their respective definitions for a minute and then said, "Epistemology is about the schemas we make in our minds," then proceeded to explain how they had been learning what schemas were and how to use them when encountering new material, that connection did not come from me. "I'm going to tell Mrs. Green we should start discussing epistemology," she added, not realizing that the leap she had made from what she had learned in school and what I was talking about is not one that most first graders are prepared to make. To once again quote her mother, "I love my kid."

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sisterblister83 From: sisterblister83 Date: April 16th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That is so awesome. Education has improved mightily even since I went to school. I'm glad to hear her teachers encourage her growth and grasping of things that might be outside their own epistemological borders.

I could really use that solid simple logical account of complex notions such as ontology when my mind gets muddle, goes haywire, and ends up on some acid trip rewind. I forget the onto and the ology's and everything basic and underlining as I pursue some cupcake and sprinkles fantasy I concocted. That tugging of the sleeve by something grounding and basic would be a real treat.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 16th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As I know from my own mild troubles with low blood sugar and their not-so-mild effects, I get a lot more grounded when I eat the right amount at the right times.

As for the improvement of education, I doubt if things are better overall. She just has a good school and wonderful teachers. Luck and a little borrowed privilege -- she's out of district -- in other words.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: April 16th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i think your daughter is smarter than i am.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 16th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, she's certainly a lot smarter than I am. But, then again, the longer we stay in school, the more likely we are to lose touch with the smartness native to our being. I could do math better at 5 than at 15. Bad teachers and bad textbooks made me seem stupid.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: April 17th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Forget all the po-mo mumbojumbo--Maybe you really ARE a Romantic...

Or perhaps this is just more evidence of why we need good teachers in the world. Or more William Blake minus the rape metaphor mania.

She's smarter than I am too.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 17th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not sure about that last assertion. But I'm definitely a Romantic, even if it's true.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: April 17th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 17th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Last night she insisted on teaching me yoga, which she had just seen her mom doing a few days before. She has a ways to go, I think, before she really gets it, but she sure outdoes me.
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