I used to think the idea of a show comparing your wits to that of a 5th grader was ridiculous. Now, I know better. Because now, now I have a 5th grader. And I feel infinitely stupid each and every time she brings homework home.
Let me start by saying, we are only in the second week of school, people! This should not be this hard yet! But it is. It started with some grammar homework. I have a journalism degree. I write for a living. One would think this would be a breeze. Nope. Not at all. She had interrogative statements and exclamatory and some other stuff I can’t even remember. She had to figure out which sentence was what. I found myself saying things like, “Well, this is your homework. What do you think the answer is?” Surely, she’s going to catch on sooner than later that I don’t know the answers to the questions she is asking.
Then, as if the grammar homework wasn’t embarrassingly defeating enough… she came home with Social Studies homework. Did I mention I have a minor in history? Please do not tell my college professors about the following. She came home with a sheet about Mesopotamia and the Sumerians, among others. She had to determine who did what in history. Then, she had an assignment to unscramble the letters to come up with inventions associated with the groups. We struggled through a majority of them. Until we came across this little gem. Look at question 11.
Say what?! I knew the second word was “writing.” I was stumped. She was stumped. I asked my mom. She was stumped too. I Googled it. You know what I found? A ton of other people asking the same darn thing! And no one had any answers. So, my next logical step was to take it to Facebook. Apparently, my friends are much smarter than me. Half of them knew the answer right away. The other half wanted to know when my daughter had started college….
So, people – what do you think the answer is?