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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.

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  • BILL60
    You need to communicate your frustrations with the teacher. If an "A" student is having problems, chances are the other students are also having problems. Good luck!!
    1907 days ago
    I work with logarithms all the time to plot the exponential growth of bacteria. Have you looked into the Kahn Acadmy?
    1908 days ago
    Here are some different real world applications of logarithms.

    Also, if a student is having that much difficulty with their homework, I'm fairly sure the teacher will let the student check out a math book from the classroom or library to take home.
    One of the main reasons there are no math textbooks is due to under-funding and students not caring for their books properly.
    If a student requests to take one home, that might be a different a story.

    I hope you have an easier time next time.
    1908 days ago
    You may need to contact the teacher and let her know about your frustration. It is wrong to send homework home that the students do not know how to do and have clear examples. I work as an educational advocate for many families. Parents have to speak up and demand that homework not be a time of great frustration. Ask to have a study guide to show how to do the work. Speak up and ask for help.
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    1908 days ago
  • DO4FIT
    my mother used to get extremely frustrated when I needed help with math because we HAD to do it the new fangled way. it didn't matter if we could show how we got the answer if it wasnt the way shown we lost marks. RIDICULOUS!! and my mother is VERY good with math... that did NOT pass down to me. I swear my teachers took pity and passed me so I could graduate. Glad I excelled in most of my other subjects!
    1908 days ago
    Did you explain to your son that it was the math situation that upset you? Your son might be upset as well because this is a new way of learning for him. Maybe the both of you can work on the math together and both learn something new! Good luck!
    1908 days ago
    That is extremely frustrating! I wish the school system would think about application to the real world when designing their curriculums. And the fact that they don't give kids books is disgusting. You deserved to fly off the handle.
    1908 days ago
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