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Unread 05-05-2012, 08:04 PM   #1507
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In her Catholic high school, she has to take religion every year. At the beginning of the year when she found out she got Mr. Chapman, she freaked out because she'd heard how "hardcore Catholic" he is . . . . by the end of September, and many, many conversations about her religion class, I said to her "you don't hate Mr. Chapman as much as you think you would, do you?" Turns out he's a philosophy major, so he's thrown some pretty challenging stuff at them. I went to meet him during parent-teacher conferences, and the guy is like 26 years old (I imagined some stern old man). He says he doesn't want people to consider his class "an easy A" so he makes them work. Some of the stuff she's does is stuff I did in university (this is a grade 10 class).

Anyway, for the first 5 months of the year she was getting 98%. Now she's dropped to 94% after her father and I said that it wasn't really the area to focus on considering universities don't consider religion grades for admission. So she brought her math up to a B+. But Mr. Chapman LOVES her--because she's engaged, and comes to class with a mitt-full of papers she's printed out from the internet that she says "what about this?" I think she has a future as a litigation lawyer.

It's been an interesting year.
I just wanted to update you on my daughter and Mr. Chapman. He's announced that this is his last year teaching high school, and he's going into computer science (I think she said he's going back to school, but I'm not sure). When she told me, I laughed and told her it was her fault and she'd broken him! She just scowled at me. Anyway, he's a nice man, but I'm glad he won't be teaching teens these misguided unhelpful ideas anymore and will use his obvious intelligence for something less harmful. (This is Vancouver, not Texas, so I'm not worried about his reemergence as a politician!)
~ Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers ~
(attributed to Socrates 470-399 BC)

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