Monthly Archives: January 2015

Fuck #CommonCore

That’s right. I said it. Point blank. Fuck common core. And I will keep swearing because it is appropriate to my reaction and opinion. This is NOT the time to be offended by a few simple letters that DO convey the severity of the problem. You should ALL be swearing, too.

When did children get so goddamn much homework in the SECOND GRADE?!? I do not enjoy dropping my child off at school before I go to work (since people get CPS called on them for letting their children walk home from the park alone TO a house with adults, and daycare prices are absurd, I have to work a shift where I can drop her off before work). Then when I get off work at 6pm I have to deal with traffic… So I pick her up at 7pm. We get home at 715… Because there is NEVER time for the grocery store after work if she is ever going to make bedtime of 8:30 to 9:00. Tonight we did half her homework, I haven’t ate yet and it 9:45pm.

I then have to eat (most of the time I have to sacrifice eating much myself to do her homework…. Which leaves me very very grumpy… Which does NOT help the homework side) and feed to dog and take her out, make my 7 year old read for 20 minutes and THEN spend what feels like an eternity explaining math concepts that she isn’t ready for… In a language that makes NO FUCKING SENSE to ANYBODY who is EVER going to use math beyond the 3rd grade. If we finish her homework without tears, it is a miracle, if we even finish it at all.

Why are we confusing children with 17 different ways to solve problems before they have mastered one? How is the “Expand” method really helpful when dealing with 7 digit numbers? No, she isn’t learning 7 digit numbers yet, but once you have the Base 10 addition and subtraction down, double digits is only momentarily mind melting before it just ‘clicks’.

But the Expand Method never reaches for that ‘click’.

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For those unfamiliar with the EXPAND method, it takes simple math problems like 43 + 73 and turns them into a moronically long counting game.

First you add the ones column like this:

43, 44, 45, 46 (I assume you have to use fingers to tell you have gone 3 places)

Then you add the tens column like this:

46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96, 106, 116 (again, I assume fingers are used.

How fucking stupid is that?!

So 21,745 plus 32,144 will be:

21,745… 21,746… 21,747… 21,748… 21,749…

21,749… 21,759…21,769…21,778…21,789…

21,789…21,889…

21,889…22,889…23,889

23,889…33,889…43,889…53,889…

”Oh, but we won’t require them to do it this way later.”

Then why the bloody hell are you teaching a technique that REQUIRES the use of fingers?

How is subtracting 20 from 60 easier than 2 from 6? All that grouping the 10s together does is make them say “0 – 0 is 0″…

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Yeah. That makes sense. Oh? And the backside?

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Makes just as much sense.

They encourage drawing pictures to solve basic problems and my daughter actually got a problem wrong on a test because she didn’t correctly get how many two squares was equal to…

This is a rough drawing because I am blogging from my phone, but the question on her test was set up like this:

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The answer in the above example is 242. Squares are equal to 100, lines are 10s and lil dot things are 1s.

A square does NOT equal 100!!! This is NOT a fact!!

On top of that, the homework is filled with word problem trickery. And not just the “I hate word problems” problems we all hated in school, but epic mind fucks mascarading as second grade homework. If the adult who likes to study for the LSAT logic problems for FUN (yes, I hold intellect in high regard) has to take 4 minutes to find the answer out for herself… There is a problem here.

But I think I just figured out why. If I am spending 2 hours every night, delaying my own bedtime, then I simply cannot have enough time to do anything for myself. From thinking, to free time, to *gasp* watching the news.

Or I could quit my job, live off the government and actually be a “good” mom by being there for my daughters homework 5 hours a day…

Sometimes I think that would be easier, but I refuse to be a slave or make others be mine.

Maybe if our kids are all really stupid we will have to bring in immigrants to fill the jobs we are too dumb to take.

The bigger question I have been asking myself lately … When do I get to have free time with my daughter? When does she get to be a kid at home with us? We skipped school Thursday since my fiance and I both work weekends in order to go snowboarding as a family. Aside from being sick (rarely) the only time I allow skipping school is when the days events will be a field trip more educational than school will be.

My 7 year old has barely played in the snow before, much less sled in it and here she is boarding down the mountain her first day.

She is pretty damn awesome, and doesn’t deserve having so much homework this young. She doesn’t deserve homework that makes me have to be a “helicopter parent”. She doesn’t deserve to be graded as wrong on a question that is not a fact. She deserves the best, and common core isn’t it.

So if you haven’t said “Fuck Common Core”, you haven’t read enough about it.

Please do so.

Our futures, and our children’s futures are all at stake.

@esurance (and all insurance), YOU suck and support abusers

It really pretty simple. I was married to a man who abused me. A lot. He never hit me, but 5 years after leaving him I am still pretty emotionally traumatized.

But we finally divorced. Updating my car insurance to change from married to divorced, my car insurance will go up by $280 a year. Its ALREADY $1582 a year. More on that in a minute.

Is the person who decided that divorced people should pay more a Catholic?!

I retained rights to the child. I pay rent. I raised my credit score from 535 November 2013 to 640 in a year. I have no real debt…

I have the most basic insurance, too. My lending company requires a $500 deductible.

I had been paying $140 a month for slightly better coverage, but became broke and lowered my payment and coverage. I got one ticket and my rates inched right back to the same amount…

Tickets? Yes. I have two. May of 2012 I got caught going 70 in a 60 within a mile of the speed limit change. I paid my $114 ticket, and my car insurance soared $50 a month for 3 years. Going 10 over for a mile cost me a whopping $1,800.

10 over, not an unsafe speed on a Washington Freeway. Especially when the scenery and road type didn’t change. 15 over? Sure. 10? Nope. In a school zone? Hell, yeah.

Mind you, I have been driving now for about 16 years. In Seattle traffic. In snow, rain, ice… And I have NEVER been in a single accident or made a single claim. When my roommate hit my car in his driveway, I ate the cost and fixed it myself.

Now I have moved to Colorado, where nobody seems to be able to drive… And my rates are going to climb to $190 a month.

What.The.Fuck?!?

Insurance companies, I have used you for next to nothing and you proceed to constantly rape me. I think it is time to get a cheaper car JUST so I can pay you less.

Trying to tell me that leaving my abuser means I am LESS responsible… I am going to find somebody to marry just so we can have a cheaper rate, I swear.

Between taxes and insurance, half of my income is spent… I get nothing, and the stockholders all get richer.

No. Peace of mind ISN’T worth $5k a year…

The Rent IS too damn high.

Moving to Colorado I took a 10% pay cut in order to be able to actually find daycare for my child because apparently next to nobody watches kids on the weekends. I work 9:30a – 6:00pm, at a location that is about an hour away from my home in traffic. It’s only 30 minutes to get to work on the weekends. ALL my costs rose when I moved here. Car insurance went up $70/month because Denver is filled with terrible drivers, daycare went up $80/month, I drive farther to work so while gas is cheaper by the gallon, I use more of it. And the cost on my family life is torturous.

I work Friday – Tuesday which basically means that I get to see my daughter from 7:30a, when we wake up, until 8:30a when I drop her off at the school or sitters… and then again from 7pm when I pick her up until 8:30-9:00p when its time for her to go to bed on the days I work. On the days I don’t work I get to see her from 7:30a to 8:30a, and then pick her up at 3:30p and see her until 8:30-9:00pm. Doing the math, that’s about… 31 hours a week. I pay $125/week to somebody to be with her for about 31 hours a week.

The real rant to my post is that companies all over the Greater Denver Area are posting jobs that require skills that I don’t even come close to having because I don’t have the time or resources to go to school. Or desire. Did I forget desire? Honestly, it pains me to see people pay $500 for a class to have a teacher walk them through a book. Why on Earth can’t I just buy the book for its outrageous cost of $100 and save myself $500?! I’m smart. I’m smart enough to realize that I can learn MUCH more cost effectively by doing it myself. How does signing up for a ton of debt make somebody smarter than the person who refuses to do that?

But to top it off, they require all these specific skills like “5 years experience doing this skill I want you to have”, but then are stating they’re only going to pay $11/hour. EXCUSE ME?! If I put in 5 years experience doing ANYTHING then I’m close to becoming an expert in my field. . . Or at least expert enough to stick around. But then you’re going to have the GALL to pay me just $11/hour? NOBODY who has been working with any sort of competence for 5 years should be paid $11/hour. If after 5 years you’re still working an entry level position somewhere in a fast food restaurant then MAYBE you should examine your goals and what you’re doing to IMPROVE yourself to make YOURSELF worth more.

I have a great job [I mean, I’m brain fried and bored as all hell… but its a good job when I don’t want to stab myself in the eye or jump out a window. . . ] with pretty amazing benefits, and I make nearly $18/hour. . . But it isn’t enough to afford rent, daycare, car payment, gas, cell phone, and insurance. I worked a ton of OT this holiday season, bought no presents and I’m still freaking out about being able to afford car insurance.

It’s okay though. I got a huge discount on a gym membership. My inability to afford food or any sort of entertainment for myself will make that an investment that’s worth it because I will be forced to succeed. Don’t worry, I can afford to feed my kid. . . as long as I sacrifice one of those other things.

And yet… I would consider taking a pay cut to have the chance to work at DIA or any law firm because I NEED to be in a position that requires brain power.

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