Middle school and history class. 2 phrases that don’t get along.
I enjoy history. Not just American history but World History. To know where your going, you have have to know where you’ve been as a nation.
When my middle school aged step daughter comes home with History homework I like to help try to engage her in conversation to see what she is learning.
One particular topic that she was studying this past year was Abraham Lincoln. One of my favorite subjects and most fascinating to me. It was time to engage…..
Me- tell me what you know about Pres. Lincoln.
Her- he had a beard….but no mustache, wore that hat that looked like the one that guitar guy you like wears, he was famous for some address he lived at-
Me- address he lived it? You mean The White house?
Her- no, he gave some speech about some place he lived at. They called it his address.
Me-…….The Gettysburg Address?
Her- yup that’s the one.
Long pause where we just stare at each other….. Waiting for the other the break…
Me….ughh, alright what else do you know?
Her- he was shot and killed while he watched a movie or something like that and he grew up in a login…….
My frustration and annoyance barometer was about to runneth over. I wasn’t about to belittle a 12 year old for her lack of attention span or lack of detail oriented learning ability on a subject most kids her age care little about. Besides, after the Gettysburg Address explanation I was in no mood for more nonsense. I took the low road to tackle the latter subject.
Me- Login? Don’t you mean he grew up in a log cabin?
After a short pause and her making her best mimic of “The Thinker” pose. She states in the unwavering confidence that only a 12 year old possesses….
Her- Nope, I’m pretty sure it was a login.
Me-……………………………………………………………………A LOGIN IS NOT EVEN A REAL WORD. YOU LOG IN TO COMPUTER, YOU DON’T LIVE IN ONE!
Her- don’t yell at me. Yell at the teachers at my school. They are the ones teaching me this dumb stuff. I’m gonna go (smarty pants face engaged) LOG IN to my computer and play games.
I continue to sit at the kitchen table, dejected from another should have won learning situation. Seriously considering taking a 12 year olds advice and taking it up with the school. But alas, the kids already think I’m crazy do I really need the entire school district to think so too?