Friday, April 2, 2010

Shakespeare and Xavier

Monday, we took Xavier to the doctor in the hopes of getting the ball rolling on allergy testing.  While he was there, the doctor asked the question, "How's school going?"

He replied, "It's weird."  (The two little boys have gotten on a 'weird' kick.  Everything is weird right now, but that was not helpful at the doctor's office.)

She tried to question him further, but he just maintained that everything I had him read was "weird."  Finally, after she asked him what he was reading, he said, "I don't know.  I don't understand half of the stuff my mom makes me read."

What?!?  I'm telling you, these homeschool kids do not have an all important skill.  They don't have the ability to take what they're learning and put it in a small conversation.  My sister says that the reason public schooled children have this ability is because the teachers say, at the end of the day, "What did we learn today?  We learned................"  The children then can look at it and say, "Oh.  Yes, I see.  I learned xyz."  Homeschooled children on the other hand tend to not realize they are learning things.  They just know they had to read a book that they may or may not have liked.  Homeschool parents don't usually tell their children what they have learned.  After all, we reason, the children have already learned it.

Ironically, Wednesday, I was telling Dominic that he needed to treat others the way he wants to be treated.  Xavier piped up from the other side of the car, "You know, Mom.  This is like Shakespeare, in Taming of the Shrew.  That guy had to act like that woman.  It's all an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

Yes, there were some mixed metaphors in there, and he didn't remember the names of the people in the play, but he understood the moral.  I guess the moral of this story is, "It all depends on your definition of weird."

Note: Xavier and Dominic read from Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

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