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The other day we were introduced to someone who is a friend of a friend and after she found out we homeschool our 7th grader, the first thing she mentioned was helping her 2nd grader with math homework and that she had a hard time helping her with that level of math. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> Okay, first off this person said she is a 1st grade teacher right now at the same school her own child attends 2nd grade. I was like ???<br><br>
With this whole issue in CA about homeschooling and making it so homeschool parents have to have a degree in education I'm thinking about this lady being a 1st grade teacher and stating she has no idea how to help her own child with 2nd grade math. That made absolutely no sense to me. It just PROVES that even a "real" teacher with an degree in education might not be able to teach ALL grades. The fact is that the majority of teachers are used to teaching whatever grade they teach and not all grades. Her own child was only one grade levle about what she teaches every day. It just proves a degree isn't needed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Plus, this lady went on and on about how can I teach my 7th grader in math. I told her a lot of it I learn over again while helping him to learn, sometimes he gets it on his own time frame, and if needed we can always seek a tutor like any child in a "school" would probably do if they have trouble. I seem to remember that not all kids in public school are perfect at math either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> Anyway, that hushed her up on the subject.
 

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WOW.<br><br>
My only thought here is how on EARTH did she even graduate HIGH SCHOOL, not to mention get a freaking teachers degree???<br><br>
Sadly though, I've had the same conversation with teachers at our neighborhood school. Un-freakin-believable.<br><br>
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Yep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's just one grade level.<br><br>
I'm thinking this particular person was just saying this because she was trying to put down H/S'ing and that's just her way of doing it without being rude. But who knows.
 

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Two thoughts - first, when my ds was in public school first grade, there were some math homework sheets that I had no idea how to do. I did well in calculus in college and can balance my checkbook every month, but the directions were vague or non-existant. I think sometimes the math curriculum picks apart each concept into such tiny pieces, that if you see just one piece it's easy to have no clue.<br><br>
Second, I think some people like to show off how not smart they think they are, y/k? Like in school, it's not so cool to be the smartest one who knows how to do all the problems. I see it even among adults, and I think it's more prevalent with women and math/science.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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ITA with the poster who talked about vague directions! When DS was in school he would bring home math papers & I was CLUELESS how to do it! The directions only made me MORE clueless! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ITA with the poster who talked about vague directions! When DS was in school he would bring home math papers & I was CLUELESS how to do it! The directions only made me MORE clueless! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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That's true. Plus, some teachers teach things in a different way than I might be used to doing it. My son went through that in 4th when he was in school outside the home.
 
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