About (mumble mumble) years ago, my algebra teacher, after watching me fail algebra for 3 semesters in a row, promised me that I would never had to look at another algebraic equation again. Lo, these many years have passed and now my own children are studying this damn mathematic nightmare and they have the unmitigated gall to ask me for help. Me, the person who almost didn't graduate from high school until my father lied to get me out of the math requirement. Even my own father realized that math and I are a toxic mix. The conversation goes like this:
Girl: What elements intercept between X and W?
Me: I don't know.
Girl: Oh wait, it has to be graphed.
Me: Number lines? I have no clue.
Girl: Oh, at 5, they intersect at 5!
Me: Uh huh.
Girl: I had to draw about 10 graphs to get how to graph.
Girl: Now I have to graph the solution sets.
Girl: What does that mean, for number 9?
Me: I don't know what a domain is.
Girl: What do I graph?
Me: The solution sets are the answers.
Girl: Mommy, I don't know what I'm doing!
Me: Uh huh.
Boy: I suck at number lines. I can't help you.
Me: Man, those brownies were good!
Girl: Where's that cat? Maybe he can help!
Girl: Ooooo Oooo....oh, just kidding.
Me: (muttering under breath "please let it stop")
Girl: Oooo oooo ooooo, answers in the back!
Yes, it's another night of math homework that nobody in the house has a clue of how to do. The boy skipped this stuff in his school when he took Algebra 1 last year, and he's usually a big help to the Girl, but he just doesn't know this stuff. The Girl refuses to allow me to call or email her teacher. She promises that she will ask for extra help, but I'm doubtful. She doesn't have a great history of asking for help. The thing is, the school is supposed to have a full time aide for her in math as part of her IEP but the aide's father died and he left the state for several weeks. Did they find a sub for her? Why no! They have had various subs, but no one permanent and it's been totally chaotic. Again the school system is out of compliance, and it's only the second week of school. Time for more complaints. I swear it, if I get throught the year without a law suit over this kid's IEP it will be a miracle. Stumble It! JBlog Me