the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Smarter than a fifth grader

Last week Leta had a math problem that four different adults could not figure out. It’s one of those hard questions at the end of the page under “Stretch Your Thinking” that I dread every night having to read. She was freaking out that she was going to lose points because she couldn’t answer it, so I took her pencil and wrote, “FOUR DIFFERENT ADULTS ATTEMPTED THIS PROBLEM AND NONE OF US COULD FIGURE IT OUT INCLUDING A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH WHO JUST FINISHED A COURSE IN TRIGONOMETRY.”

Yesterday I ran into the mother of one of of her classmates and she grabbed my arm and said, “Please tell me you’re going to write a post about that awful ‘Stretch Your Thinking’ problem he gave them last week!” Haha!

Here it is: what an awful thing to do to those kids. AND their parents. AND the confidence of that college student.

Publicly, on a website, in all caps.

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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