My Perfect Child[sup]TM[/sup] was so looking forward to taking Physics. I was also - it was my favorite class eons ago and I knew she would really enjoy it. Neither of us bargained on the teacher.
Believe me when I say that it takes a lot for me to describe a teacher as bad, and hers is really, really bad. They’re halfway thru the year and they’ve covered maybe 1/4 of the text. When they were on the chapter of conservation of energy, my kid was totally lost. I spent about 10 minutes showing her a couple of relationships, and it all clicked - she had it nailed! Bear in mind, I haven’t had a physics class since 1976, and I was still able to teach her a chapter in no time.
The killer came just before the end of the semester. For whatever reason, he never got his schedule in gear, so the kids never got guidance for science fair. When he finally got around to it, he declared that they didn’t have to do a display or any research - just do an experiment and write it up. Remember, this is Honors Physics. Had he been a halfway competent teacher, I would never have done this, but I allowed my Perfect Child[sup]TM[/sup] to rehash her 8th grade science fair project and turn it in. (She took this project to Regionals when we lived in Virginia - it was quite good and well above her level at that time)
Anyway, in order to meet his criteria, she had to remove a fair amount of the original write up because he didn’t specify a research paper or any background info. Oh yeah - she’s in the 11th grade now. And when he read her report, he said it’s one of the best he’s ever seen! She wrote it 3 years ago in middle school, removed half of it, and he still says it’s the best he’s ever seen. Now, I grant my kid is sharp, but she ain’t that sharp. Her teacher is worthless.
Yeah, mild rant, but it still ticks me off. She should be loving Physics! She should be twice as far into the text as she is! She should be planning to take AP Physics next year, but since this same teacher has AP, she doesn’t want to waste her time again.
Oh, have I mentioned that after I retire from my engineering job, I intend to teach high school - perhaps even physics! Or Algebra. Somebody needs to make sure our kids know something!! Goodness knows, this guy doesn’t…