Monday, September 2, 2013

Twinkle, twinkle little "Star Test"...

As sure as death and taxes, kids have to take the annual Star Test, but it takes months for the reports to come back.  My gifted grandkids are literally off the charts in some of the categories.   But all one of my smarty-pants grandsons thinks about those tests is that they get extra snacks and recess when they are done: he doesn't care how he pencils in the little circles, he just gets done ASAP.  Needless to say, his scores don't reflect his true abilities.  Hey, I was super excited one of my boys finally didn't have any marks in the "far below" graph.  That was a first.  Yeah!  I was walking on cloud nine.  If they had a test for the nice guy statistics, he would shine.  Now that's what I'm talking about Jack!

Math matters: I'll give you a real example in history why math is important.  Make sure you measure the body carefully before you dig the grave.   It matters if you are off a foot or two.   Someone short-sheeted the grave for a king of England.  William the Conqueror probably had the worst funeral in history. First off, someone interrupted the funeral to say that he had not been paid what was promised for the land that the church was built on. What with the king dead, he thought it was a good time to settle accounts.  Secondly, when they got the service going again and went to put the body in the ground, the measurements were off a tad.  At six foot-two, he didn't fit.  So they tried to stuff the dead body in anyway.  Not a good idea in the days before refrigerated morgs.  The body burst.  It was very difficult to go on with the service with the incredible stench.  Did you know that a deceased king stinks just as much as a poor beggar under those circumstances.  Death is the great equalizer (a math term).  Who says math's not important!  Let that be a lesson for you.  I just killed two birds with one stone, a history and math problem rolled into one.  You may never think of math in the same way again. 

No matter how you count up your gold, stack your silver, and pinch your pennies, work this into the equation...

"For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations."
Proverbs 27:24
"When things aren't adding up in your life,
start subtracting."

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