I am all for progression and innovation. You wanna know what I'm not all for? Trying to build a house with spaghetti noodles. Or using a toothpick to flip a grilled cheese. (You can tell I've been low carb for a few weeks 😐) Or using a ridiculous number line instead of learning real math. Honestly! What would one of my clients say if I were trying to adjust a deduction or something and I were like "hold on, pal, I'm drawing out my tens".
Regular math has worked for a looooooooong time, friends. Who are we to reinvent the wheel?! I am concerned for generation "number line". "But it makes it easier", they say. Shit ain't always supposed to be easy, folks!! What happens when they grow up to be even whinier than many of those in the generation before hand? I won't call them out because then their feelings may get hurt (uh em... millenials... uh em... My goodness, I've got a frog in my throat!). You know, the ones who invented participation trophies and 32 hour work weeks.
I,myself, have recently been informed that technically I am one of "them". I'm a senior millennial, but one nonetheless. I prefer what one of my favorite morning shows, The Bert Show, calls people my age, "the Oregon Trail Generation". It was hard out there for a traveler. If it weren't starvation, it was dysentery that got ya. We had to problem solve and handle our own business. If we forgot our homework, we got in trouble. Our mommies didn't bring it to us. And call me Miss Hannigan (again), but I don't bring mine theirs either.
The drama is getting strong at school these days! Everything is offensive and there is no accountability anymore. Time to cut the cord a little, in my opinion. I made my child do his homework five times tonight because it wasn't right. We have to either train them up, or commit to working for the rest of our lives, and I would prefer to retire one day. #commoncoreisridiculous #oregontrailgeneration #thebertshow