One year I decided I would do a science project called “Do Science Projects Cause Maternal Insanity?” That was the year we sent one of our sons to the neighbor’s house to do his science experiment. It was one of the years that each of our four boys had to do science projects.
Thirty five years ago, when I was in elementary school, it was easy to do a science project. You made a trip-tik science board out of a cardboard box, hand wrote your topic and procedure, then made a model of a volcano or made an egg squeeze into a bottle. Your teacher had never heard of the scientific method, and your mother never even knew your science project was due.
Those were the good old days. Now, children are expected to choose a science project topic, submit a proposal, form a hypothesis, perform an experiment with three trials, graph and chart the results, develop and present an abstract, give an oral report, and pretend they did all this without help from parents.
It really is enough to drive a mother insane.
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