|At least he looks good with his shades|
All of this happens, by the way, outside of the Covid era. By shutting down access to other kids, other outings, other locations you can take the kiddos to, it has only been tolerable since we know the public schools have had their own similar problems. But the ongoing concern that you're failing them somehow always looms large, at least in our minds.
So the other day we got a momentary dose of reassurance. Our youngest, and last school age child, is moving into Shakespeare in his literature class with none other than The Merchant of Venice. It's a play more infamous in today's sensitivities than famous.
So that's tough. Heck, it's not exactly the easiest read for me. The last time I read it, in fact, was in a Shakespeare class in college in the 1980s. I chose it, however, because of the other suggested Shakespeare plays for his literature class. When we looked at the list, it was the only Shakespeare mentioned that he wasn't aware of. The list included Hamlet, Henry V and Macbeth, all of which he knows very well. Too well to know if he's really getting anything out of the reading assignments as opposed to just drawing of his knowledge of the plays.
I didn't think about it until one of our older sons pointed out that's not bad. After all, how many twelve year olds would force you to pick a less known Shakespeare play because he already knows most of the ones listed?
We thought about that, and about how much we know he knows: Subjects such as history and theology, and even philosophy. Working on Algebra at twelve and he has studied art history, chemistry, Greek and Latin and even some intro into Mandarin Chinese - all before entering middle school proper.
His real love is electronics and computers. He's our fix-it man when something with our DVD or television or similar electronic devices goes wonky. He can hook up new tech purchases faster than anyone else. He's also quite industrious, figuring out how to make electronics work with sometimes no more than aluminum foil and battery chargers. We mention he could have a career working with electronics, but he's somewhat coy about it, and dismisses it as a life's ambition.
So, in hindsight, I'd say that's not bad. We can't say he's better off, but we're pretty sure he's no worse off education-wise than if he was in the public school system.
|Our dog reading The Merchant of Venice after our son asked him for help|