# I threw a two-year-old style tantrum

### Friday, February 01, 2013

Last night I threw a tantrum. A real screaming tantrum. I almost never get angry or frustrated enough to lash out, but last night I did. I even made my 15 year old son cry because he thought I was angry and yelling at him, which I was not (and yes, I assured him that I was not angry with him, he's done nothing wrong). And now I'm so upset with myself that I can't hardly function.

So what got me so upset? Math. My son is in 10th grade. Do any of you have high school children? Our state has happily embraced common core curriculum. And the problem with that is that there is no math book (according to the school administration). So my child comes home from school with homework, but no text book. He takes pretty good notes in class. He copies every example the teacher does on the board. But there is still no explanation of how to do the math that you would get in a text book. So we're left with the internet. We sit and search the internet for help. It's an experience in frustration with every assignment.

Until this year, my son has gotten "A"s in math. Now he's fighting for a B-. And it's not like I've never seen this sort of math before. I'm a college graduate, but math was quite a while ago and I need the little review that I used to get from his text books.

So, here's another question. When was the last time you needed to work out a quadratic equation or graph a cube root function or use a logarithm? Unless you're an engineer, or a parent trying to get your child through school, when do you actually use this stuff?

Also, if you know a great math website, please share.

On the more positive side, I did not drown my frustration with sugar or other bad diet choices.