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William Draves

Thanks as usual Erik for your comments, and reactions. The answer is that "yes," Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. are really that smart. Male neurology will not change. We're now approaching this issue from the female point of view. So I'll turn it around, are the "smart" girls really that smart if they spend 30% more of their time studying as the boys, and still don't score any higher on the tests? And, when they go into the workforce, are they really that smart if they don't understand that the rules change in the work place, and suddenly all that "A" turn-your-work-in doesn't matter to employers (see Hannah Seligson's book 'New Girl on the Job').

Erik Holden, NFPA Professional Development

Are the "smart" kids really that smart if they understand that 30% of their grade is based on turning the assignment in on time, and they don't take advantage of it?


I see this issue of time a lot with my 8-year-old daughter who is in third grade. They are "required" to read 15 minutes a night, 4 nights a week. I understand the importance of reading, however, my kid sometimes just sits and reads for an hour and then maybe not again for a few days. She reads at a sixth grade level. So the first month we (because homework really is more about me as a parent making sure she does it then about her remembering to do it) turned in our log and it wasn't a consistant 15 minutes four days a week. But she read more than the total number of minutes required for the month. We got a note that said this would not be accepted in the future. It has to be 15-minutes at a time.

I just don't get it. Who reads like that as an adult? And obviously my kid can read above her reading level. Frankly, I just break up her reading sessions on the log into 15 minute increments (i.e. if she reads 30 minutes, I log it in on two separate days at 15 minutes each). Don't tell on me. I don't want to get a bad grade - LOL!

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