Okay, so The Wizard had some homework the other day. His first grade class had been studying sea life, and he came home with a sheet about crabs that he was supposed to read, write a brief synopsis at the bottom, and then circle the answer-words to some questions.
So while he was reading it, he stopped and said “this is wrong. This says crabs have 10 legs. Crabs have 8 legs and 2 claws.” When I asked him why the claws did not count as legs, he said that they used them for grabbing, not walking, therefor they were arms. Checking his hypothesis, he went on line and googled “Do Crabs have 10 legs or 8?” The answer? Crabs are decapods. They have 8 walking legs, and 2 claws. so that is what he wrote on his paper. he underlined the part that said “crabs have 10 legs” and drew an arrow down to where he wrote “8 walking legs and 2 claws”, and in the answer-circling section he crossed out the “ten” answer and wrote “8” by hand, and circled it.
…Did I break to him the information that Deca means “10”, and pod means “foot”? No way! It’s not his fault that the technical terminology is wrong! Really, if they use their claws for grabbing, they’re more of arms, right? …ahem.
So, anyway, I was worried that he would get discouraged for filling out his paper “incorrectly” when he brought it to school. But instead, he was given a piece of candy for bringing up a valid point. …candy.
At least he’s receiving his pavlovian rewards for standing up to authority figures. I don’t think I’ll ever understand the public school system.