My eldest was given an assignment that makes up 50% of the grade in one of her classes. She must write a report, complete visual aid charts and then give a presentation. She also most answer a series of questions centered around the topic. See if you can guess what the subject is by filling in the blank for each of the following two sentences (hint, it’s the same answer for both blanks)
1. How has __________________ changed our culture in America?
2. How has __________________________ impacted either your family or someone you know?
Any guesses out there? Come on, it’s something very important. Could it be “Rising gas prices” or maybe “the economic slowdown?” What about “Global Warming” or the “War in Iraq?” Well, if you suggested any of these topics you would be incorrect. The million dollar answer is”American Idol.”
No, really… Im not kidding. My eldest has to write a biographical account, including the documentation of hardships faced by any past or current contestant on the show. In addition she has to create a visual aid and answer a list of questions, including the two aforementioned.
We have never watched American Idol. What I know about it is that a bunch of people sing, some bad, some good. Then a panel of judges, including some grumpy English guy named Simon, a mostly sober Paula Abdul and some other guy, rips them apart. I have no problem with people watching this show for recreation… or even with those fans who obsess with it. However, I do have issues with this teacher assuming that just because she watches American Idol that the show must therefore be watched and revered throughout the nation by everyone. Given, she is a music teacher. But why not have the children write a report on a composer or create their own songs? Heck, we can’t be the only ones to never have sat through an episode. I asked A1 what children without cable were doing and she said that the teacher told them to Google a contestant. Of course, that’s assuming everyone has a computer and internet access (unavailable at their school).
I ranted last night and threatened to write letters to both the teacher and principal requesting another assignment. But my daughter pleaded with me not to. She didn’t want to be embarrassed or get a bad grade. She’s going to look up a contestant on the computer for the biography portion. So now all that’s left to do is to find someone who watches the show and interview them about how American Idol has changed his/her life. So please, if any of you all out there have had a serious, or even mild, impact in your daily life due to A.I. then please let us know.
End of rant and request.
Knitting these past few days has been completely disastrous. Trying to create a requested white scarf should be easy. Most knitters could knock one out in an evening no problem. For some reason I keep having issues with the pattern, yarn, etc. and everything made has been frogged. Okay, almost everything. The mohair/merino combo. remained stubbornly intact.
Branching out scarf, take three
Another yarn has been tried and although it technically isn’t “white” it is still rather neutral. It’s a silk blend similar to E.L.s Silky Wool.
Branching Out scarf, take four
This project would be so much more enjoyable in a real color and without a deadline.
In return for me not raising heck at the school I was able to coerce my eldest daughter into modeling the finally completed purple people eaters. The poor girl inherited my ample calves so they fit her perfectly.
Today the youngest and I stayed home sick. Some gooey, nasty head and chest crud is spreading throughout the Pacific Northwest. The worst part about it is that it completely wipes out all of your energy. Blech.