Thursday, March 24, 2011
Persistence and Enthusiam . . .
James Whitcomb Riley - a Hoosier - my mom, dad, and brother were Hoosiers .
Here in GA - schools teach to the test - THE CRCT TEST. If it is not on the test - it is NOT taught any more - sad to say in some circumstances.
For example - cursive writing - who needs it? All they will need in the future is to be able to sign their name - right? Because of computers I suppose. Well if it's not on the CRCT - they don't go over it but for a day - then they're done. The teaching complete.
My grandson's teacher has given the class (oh and we love his teacher by the way) - an assignment of 5 practice CRCT's a week. They take about an hour each. They are practicing for April. No, they don't have to, but it probably is a good idea. Right?
So my daughter is taking social studies/spelling, hubby took math and science, and mine is reading and language arts.
I am back in school! I'm learning things I have never learned before. Onamonapia?
Alliteration? I had to look them up! (He's only in the 4th grade.)
So some things he's learned that I never learned and vice versa - generation gap?
He had stories to read about different things and had to answer questions. I was enjoying it - he was hating it - lol.
This is my grandson the whole time -
Any one here - remember James Whitcomb Riley? A Hoosier? Here are a couple of quotes.
"The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come."
"Disregard all the pain you feel, and the disappointment, look to a better time, and a better place, have faith, and preach that faith for the nourishment of others."
And another quote I looked up after reading about him -
"It is no use to grumble and complain, it's just as cheap and easy to rejoice; When God sorts out the weather and sends rain - Why, rain's my choice."
Do you 'get' that?
Isn't schooling amazing?
Don't let anything dampen your enthusiasm or your persistence - the very things that try to dampen your enthusiasm or your persistence - are the things - if dealt with - will make you stronger.
And PS - I received so many nice replies yesterday - I hear beautiful music in my orchestra. Thanks.