My dad had "minor" surgery last week. Unfortunately, it knocked him for a loop and now he is in rehab to rebuild his strength. At this point I'm not sure what the results of the surgery mean, but what I do know is that he is 84, has congestive heart failure and that the condition they did the surgery for is one that could kill him one day. In short, I am more and more reminded of his mortality daily. My nine year old asked me if he was going to die, and I told her we never know, but chances were her Grandpa wasn't going to live a whole lot longer. She complained that he is the only grandparent she as left. Here he is with the grandkids last Christmas.
As I've been enjoying the pleasures of doing homework with my daughter, I've been following the debate about Common Core. I don't see anything wrong, in general, with the standards. I don't like the data gathering and all the money for computers for testing. However, I had to raise my eyebrows at some of the math problems she has had. For example, can anyone tell me why in the world anyone would solve the problem 9X7 by saying 5x7 + 4x7= 35+28=63
Our Catholic school is looking for fundraisers. Does your school do anything that makes a lot of money for a little work, or more importantly as far as I'm concerned, gets a lot of outside money? Have your kids ever gone someplace that didn't see stuff or have fundraisers other than stating a need and asking for donations?