I’ve been thinking quite a bit about school lately, starting with the chin-scratcher of whether or not Riley should start kindergarten this fall, and moving right into a mostly-uninformed and knee-jerky sort of freakout about what his experience will be like once he does start public school, which is kind of a stupid thing to worry about at the moment because man, our future is nebulous lately in the Magic Eight Ball REPLY HAZY TRY AGAIN sense, and it’s anyone’s guess what we’ll be doing a year or so from now. Will we be here? Living elsewhere? Selling plasma? Rolling in gold ingots? CANNOT PREDICT NOW ASK AGAIN LATER.

Still, I enjoy a good pointless fret session (see also: zombies, Large Creepy Things Partially Submerged in Water, the unhappy results of the pinch test on the back of my hand), so I’ve been worrying about What Will Happen If We Aren’t Happy With Our Public School and then I looked up tuition information for some local private schools and I died, the end.

(Honestly, I didn’t think anything could be more expensive than our daycare school, but ha ha ha ha HAAA. Wrong.)

In other education-related musings that require an actual resolution of some kind, I’m trying to decide if I should sign up for a math class this summer or not. On the one hand, I definitely should, because I have a lot of catching up to do in that subject; on the other hand, this semester’s nutrition class has been fascinating but also kind of a lot of work, and I am giddy at the thought of a break from studying and homework and evening classes during the best time of the year in the Northwest. There are a lot of races and events I want to participate in, and I would love to feel free to focus on training and enjoying the long days instead of being tied to a textbook once the kids go to bed each night. On the other other hand, maybe pre-algebra math doesn’t require a lot of studying and high-volume memorization? Like not as bad as the biochemistry stuff from this quarter, right? Or is it? Or will it be a lot of repetitive assignments and worksheets that take just as much time as remembering what the fuck a Krebs cycle is and I’ll feel too guilty to go for that long bike ride because what if I don’t get an A in class OH MY GOD?

Basically I’m feeling like we should all just live in the woods and wear badger pelts and teach our children how do the badger-skinning and leave the complicated complexities of the modern world to the inevitable robot overlords. Who’s with me? Badger looks soft.


54 Responses to “The fret-pelt is itchy”

  1. agirlandaboy on May 20th, 2010 8:35 am

    I just now realized that the private elementary school tuition I had a hearty laugh about a few weeks ago (as in OH HO HO, NOT NO WAY, NOT NO HOW) costs just about the same as the daycare we just hooked up with. HAR HAR HAR. *dies*

  2. anon on May 20th, 2010 11:48 am

    Absolute first time commenter. I love your website! I love every aspect from the kids to your personal tales to the diet stuff to the exercise. Everything!!

    I am a math nut, and I highly recommend NOT taking math in summer school. Summer school courses are very intense, and that much math in such a short amount of time can really burn you out. More than 2 hours of math lecture at a time is too much.

    The tutor sounds like a good idea. You can start brushing up but not get too overwhelmed.

    Just my opinion.

  3. H on May 20th, 2010 1:34 pm

    I didn’t read the comments but if someone hasn’t suggested this already, see if you can find out what the math teacher is like. As you know, the level of effort required is totally in their hands.

    I’m with you in theory about the badger pelt stuff but I like my modern comforts, like warm, clean showers.

  4. Val on May 20th, 2010 3:10 pm

    Take the class. Pre-Algebra isn’t too bad. Then it’s over and done and you don’t have to worry about it. I’m in a program that is split up into trimesters and you go year round. You get done and on with life 50% faster. I’m taking 2 extra classes so I’m getting done even 50% faster than that. So can you figure out how much faster I will be done? If not, take the class! LOL

    PS: I’m livng off the government at the moment – being all downsided.

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