Have I mentioned that my kids are geniuses? About 20 times a week you say? I can’t help myself-- I like to brag. I never thought I’d advise one of them to drop a class that they were having a problem with, though. But she can’t drop it even though her teacher is a jerk.
See my daughter, the math whizz, was put in AP calculus with the seniors even though she’s just a junior. She was put in the class because she is required to have a math class and this is the only math class left for her. What they plan to do with her next year is beyond me.
Anyway, she’s having problems understanding calulus. Everybody is having a problem understanding calculus. Her teacher, however, has picked my daughter out for daily humiliation because-- get this-- she isn’t failing.
Let’s start at the beginning. My daughter thought she failed the first weekly quiz but she didn’t. She was surprised because she didn’t understand what she was doing. She told the teacher she didn’t understand and he told her “What are you complaining about? You passed didn’t you?”
They had their first major test and she got a 75. She cried. Not because the score was so low, but because she passed! You see the teacher has been calling her to the board to do problems, most of which she can do by rote with absolutely no understanding of why it’s right, and then berates her for being a silly whiner. In front of the class. So when she took the test, sure she’d failed because she didn’t know what she was doing, she thought she’d get the attention some of the other students are getting. Instead she got a little note next to her 75 saying “I see no problem here”.
She never used to hate math. I’m getting her a tutor, but Lordy, what a jerk.