I have to say that all in all, we LOVED the science conference yesterday. It was fabulous.
But there were a couple of times when I felt the need to go off on a rant.
One was when I picked Anna up from her “sugar high” class and overheard one of the teachers tell a father that all sugars were equal (“high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial or natural,” she said) as far as our bodies are concerned. I happen to have a very different opinion, but oh well.
The big thing that set me off occurred in Victoria’s geology class. It set me off so much that I told the organizers off on their online evaluation form. When it asked for me to explain any “areas of concern,” I wrote this…
In Geology Rocks, my daughter proudly told the class that she and our family have found fossilized sharks’ teeth at a lake near us. One of the teachers explained to her that she must have found “fish teeth” because it would be impossible for them to have been preserved without limestone. My daughter is incredibly proud of the sharks’ teeth she has found and my husband has helped her fully research exactly what species they are from, along with their general ages, and she told me “I had to bite down hard on my tongue to keep from arguing with her.”
Please direct the teachers (I’m not sure which one) to http://magicandmayhem.homeschooljournal.net/shark-teeth/ to see some of the specimens that our family has collected and find out how my husband and daughter did their research. Please also let them know that they have washed out of the matrix of limestone and are now loose, which is how it is possible to find them now.
One of the most important themes of this conference, something that the “Science Dude” himself pointed out today, is that ANYBODY CAN BE A SCIENTIST. My daughter may be twelve years old and may not have a geology degree, but she DID find fossilized sharks’ teeth and she loves geology. It is never a good idea to assume that a child must not know what she’s talking about simply because it’s new information to the “expert.”
That said, she enjoyed the class otherwise!