I am overweeningly papa-proud of my son Isaiah, who took 4th place in the central Wyoming 7th-grade math competition.
The kicker: Isaiah isn’t in the 7th grade. He’s in the 6th grade, but he placed above thirty or forty other kids anyway.
The kicker to the kicker: He didn’t practice at all. He just walked in cold and did it. In his jeans.
The kicker to the kicker to the kicker: His parents don’t work with him on math. We bought Teaching Textbooks and he just does it, without ever asking for help. He thinks math is just FUN.
I wish I could claim that all my kids are geniuses or that we have discovered the secret to home schooling in math. But the reality is just that Isaiah is a pretty cool kid. He makes math look easy.