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Animal Diet

I posted a while ago about my arrangements to diet the dog, and feed up the kitten. Realized today that man cat is getting more food too, now that the dog cannot get it from him. He is a recreational vomiter, so I did not expect much of a change in him, but he has developed a dunlop!

Kitten is still thin, she burns it all off, she runs everywhere. But she is happy.

Husband back to work tomorrow. Manhattan is still working on the Sandy clean-up. Husband says damaged buildings are still running off generators in the street. He says they will not be back to rights until the fall. The subtext for this is that many small businesses cannot hold on that long, especially places like restaurants which have a tight overhead. 

Husband has gotten his grades back. He passed calc 3, with difficulty. Linear Algebra will have to be retaken. The two classes together along with full time work was too much. He got sick, for one thing. But he persevered. We did not see much of him. Most nights he ate mechanically the food before him, and that was all he could do after work. He did fall asleep in the bathtub several times. 

Daughter's school is trying a new grading rubric, which I hate. They have something that is called 'Howls,' which each teacher grades her in. Howls are essentially deportment. If you are late to class, or rude, or disorganized, or absent too much that brings the Howl down. Each teacher can assign a Howl grade at their own discretion. The Howls are not held separate-- they are factored into the academic grade. Anyone who has a Howl average below 95 will fail the class, no matter how well they do on tests, homework, etc.  The school justifies this by saying that kids who don't act right have bad academics anyway.

That is not the case with my kids, never has been. If daughter is 5 minutes late to class, she should not fail, if she understands the work. There is no excuse for talking in class-- but i think it should be handled some other way than by academic failure.

So, that is backstory. She was failing Spanish and teetering in Biology. She went to her teachers and suggested a plan for herself to do extra work over break. They agreed to bring her grade up if she did it. She goes back on the 2nd. She has been working away-- I am pleased with her, for fixing the problem on her own. 

I predict that they new Howl system will not last long. I think many parents have said that they feel it is a little too harsh. 


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Dec. 31st, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
I agree with you a 100%, lowering your grade because of being disorganized??I NEVER would have graduated!! Learning is different from deportment and though one can affect the other, you should be graded seperately on each.
Dec. 31st, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
I totally agree. The school says that the kids were so awful last year-- talking in class, showing up late, pulling out phones-- that they had to put in this very harsh system.

Stupid. For one thing, when you are a child, last year is ages ago. You are a different person now. Also, what about kids that transfer in?

Also, also, some kids are disorganized. I was. Some kids are a little forgetful or disrespectful. Mine are, I regret to say. But it is not right to tank their academic future for it.
Dec. 31st, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Tbh I think your daughter has a remarkably more adult way of dealing with issues than her school does. What a ridiculous system.

Also think your hubby is doing incredibly well to find time to do any studying at all while holding down a full time job. Hats off to him!
Dec. 31st, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Yes. I am so proud of Mike. He tried so hard. It is good for daughter to see her dad struggle with his homework too. He sought teachers out in office hours, he joined a study group, he even went to see his mom for help with calc.

BTW he has told her that he also thinks the Howl system is stupid. He said she should try her best, try not to be late, (rough when you take the subway to school,) and be a good person. That is all we ask. If her grades are dragged down by Howls, we will not blame her.
Dec. 31st, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
What the hell is a "howl?" It sounds like something out of Hogwarts. Don't they grade things based in reality anymore?
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
That's what I was thinking, too. In the books, a "howler" was a letter someone would get when they broke the rules or did something wrong...
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
I think it is supposed to be an acronym-- I don't know what for.
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
That Howl thing sounds like a horrible idea. I'm never late to things, I didn't talk in class, but those things should be minor compared to, you know, understanding the material.
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
They claim that when you are an adult, in work or college, you cannot be sloppy or late. They say that this harsh system is getting kids ready for the 'real world.' My husband did 20 years in the Navy, (where they have a bit of a thing for punctuality and respect.) He even says the Howls are stupid.

Edited at 2012-12-31 08:49 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
I would have failed miserably in a public school system with those HOWLs. My own weird small private high school would never have dreamed of them.
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