Have been working as a teacher aide at a local school district or almost 2 years... HS kids. Last year was mainly with students with multiple disabilities. This year "shadowing" a bright/polite 9th grade with Aspbergers/OCD. Most of his classes are "replacement"... SMALL numbers and slower pace.
Have made a few school observations. Average 9th grader (NOT student I work with) CANNOT tell time on a clock with hands?? And cursive has apparently gone the way of the dinosaur?? Guess when parents can no longer SPELL stuff in front of kids that they don't want them to know... resort to perfect cursive penmanship??
Have made a few food related observations, too. Niece and I have a girl's night around the holidays... decorating, baking, crafting, EATING, etc. Made pop corn from KERNELS... after finding a glass lid to fit pan. You'd have thought she was watching the latest/greatest movie, as her mouth hung open watching the kernels pop!?! Hauled out rarely used waffle iron for our "brunch" that included serious amounts of bacon. She had NO idea what it was?? Even after lifting lid??
Find it really sad that a whole generation doesn't know about a lot of "stuff"!?!
Yesterday, on class, teacher was having kids plant some seeds. One girl had a packet of dill and thought it woud grow dill PICKLES!?! NO idea that cukes become pickles, grapes become raisins, or plums become prunes??