I bought my son a good calculator for school. One that could do fractions. I warned him “Do NOT lend this out” or you wont get it back. Well yesterday he lent it out and never saw it again.
Thing is, 7th graders not only steal on purpose, but accidentally leave things out or lend it to someone else, forget where they put it, etc… Even “good” kids do stuff like this.
Normally I dont intervene and would just let him learn his lesson but this time I did so I actually called up the kids parents and asked them to make sure the kid gives my son’s calculator back since its become essential for his homework.
BTW, I also warned him not to borrow from someone else since it’s also likely he will have trouble returning something and then the kid comes back and says he stole it or something.
Good lord, I hope the seventh grader isn’t learning fractions in seventh grade. By this point, he should be learning much more advanced concepts that are predicated on an understanding of fractions. If he still doesn’t understand fractions (a third grade concept), he needs some serious remedial work. And if he does understand fractions, requiring him to solve them from scratch each time is needless busywork that will prevent him from focusing on the advanced concepts he should be focused on.
I agree that the advice in the OP is probably wise, but Polonius was pretty clearly meant to be kind of a fatuous windbag who was dispensing simplistic catch phrases out of self-importance. After all, he’s the one who makes the brilliant observation, “Oh I am slain,” when Hamlet kills him.