My Homework Is Too Hard

“Minerals have crystal systems which are defined by the # of axis and the length of the axis that intersect the crystal faces.” That’s how the notes start, and they only get murkier after that.

When I ask Esmee what this actually means, she gives me her homework credo.

Smart, charismatic kids could go into English class without doing the previous night’s reading, listen to the class discussion for a few minutes, and then join in with ease.

We were maximizing our academic success while minimizing our effort in certain subjects.

We moved from Pacific Palisades, California, where Esmee also had a great deal of homework at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Brentwood.

I have found, at both schools, that whenever I bring up the homework issue with teachers or administrators, their response is that they are required by the state to cover a certain amount of material.

I took seven classes a day, most of which were picked by state and federal education requirements.

It’s a system; work hard, distribute your time wisely, and get good grades.

I hope college is where I can become a good learner.

That is the advice of my 13-year-old daughter, Esmee, as I struggle to make sense of a paragraph of notes for an upcoming Earth Science test on minerals.

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