LIVING AT HOME
*sigh*. I refer to my 'steps' in the 'first familial' tense. I don't have a 'step brother', I have a 'brother'. Same same with nieces and nephews.
This has always been a 'community' house, where the friends of family can come in and relax as much as possible. So my nephew's friends sometimes have been refered to as 'nephews' as well. Today's entry is about my actual nephew, as I have been typing up 'stuff' for him.
I know he wants to go to college. He is a junior at 'Whatchamacallit High' in Detroit. It is a 'new' school to me, as it didn't exist when I was part of the DPS. Anywho, I have helped his friends with their reports and what not, and the consensus was that my nephew is actually smarter than his companions.
Sitting here with these various reports of his to type, I am wondering like 'how'? Thinking about when me and lil' Mook would collaberate on homework, I am like WTF?!? How did my nephew get to the 11th grade, with these skills? I have seen his report card ... and trust me Alaina, my heart does bleed for the teachers, but WHO THE HELL GAVE HIM THESE FREAKIN' GRADES!!!
Okay ... maybe it is worse nowadays. I am mad, because THIS CRAP DOESN'T MAKE ANY FREAKING SENSE THAT I AM READING!! It has been hard getting it done, because I have to fight the urge to tear this mess up, and do the freakin' work myself!
Because I do think that the public education environment is very dysfunctional, and the one here in Detroit is near collapse, I don't 'blame' the teachers, not directly. Yet, I have seen where teachers have demanded the MINIMUM from there students, and gotten themselves in trouble. I also have seen where they suffer from the stresses, but this crap that I am reading from my nephew is NOT what a 'B' student is supposed to be creating.
We have had conversations about the ACT/SAT and all that. Talked to him about colleges, where to go and getting a handle on finacial aid ... staying local as opposed to going out of town, out of state even.
But if THIS is any indication of what he is capable of ... I am wondering why did he get the grades that I SAW on his last report card?? This is SO NOT the work of that student, the one indicated by those grades.
Lil Mook as a seventh grader, did better work than this. KT as a eigth grader did too. I know, because I help the former, and saw it with the latter. The graduation rate here is running low, one report I heard on NPR had it at 25% of incoming freshemen will graduate from school here. Again, WTF!!
Then ... THEN, let's take a look at what is being produced. What are the actual GRADUATES able to do, when they get out of school? What kind of I would be leery to actually help my nephew much more, because for all this time, he has been intellectually coddled. I would not be surprised to type this stuff up, and have him get a 'B' on these papers.
I would scratch red ink on every page, right in the middle. Then I would grade it sa 'Inc.', and hand this mess back to him. I would tell him I will give him the rest of the week to go over this, and get something that he actually worked and made sense back to me.
Oh, and BTW, you better keep up with what we are doing NOW. This is real life, and because you are found slack, doesn't mean life is going to hold your spot.
See y'all when I see you.