Amanda got the first report card of her 9th-grade year today and to say that I was less than pleased would probably be accurate. It's not that it was THAT horrible but I think she could have done a lot better if she had put forth a little more effort.
Whereas the A in band and A- in Phys. Ed were good - the C in Civics and C- in Algebra definitely were not! When I expressed my displeasure to my daughter, she responded that a C was average and that's what most people got but I'm not buying it. I am especially not buying a C- which is awfully darned close to being a D which is below average and totally unacceptable. Sorry, Amanda, no sale!
I wasn't Valedictorian of my class, unlike my weekend dispatch partner, but I got good grades and managed to make the Honor Roll on a regular basis. I can remember getting one D in my 8th-grade year and that was in Algebra, a class that I totally did not understand. I can still remember asking my teacher, Mr. Gallow, for help and him telling me to go ask "someone who knew" while he went back to reading the paper or throwing one of my classmates and his desk out into the hall. Apparently it was an effective method of teaching as the man eventually went on to become Superintendent of the Canterbury School System but it sure soured me on any form of higher math. To this day I have yet to obtain my college degree because I need an Algebra class and I can't bring myself to take one! Pretty pathetic that the one D I ever got in school can do that much damage!
At any rate - I know that Amanda can do better than what was printed on that piece of paper today. She's a smart kid and she's capable of pulling in better grades than that or else she wouldn't be getting a B in Honors Science and English. And really, all I ask from her at this point is at least a B in her classes. That would show me that she's at least putting in the effort and not just going through the motions - which seems to be the case in two of her classes.
I don't want to have to constantly breath down her neck to make sure that her homework and projects are done but I guess if that's what it's going to take then it's going to get pretty uncomfortable for her to have me on her back all the time. Hint, hint - Amanda!
Oh well, at least it will make it easier for me to get on the computer to post on my blog now that I have limited her time on the computer until those grades come up!