The other day Katie told me she wants to be a scientist when she grows up. When asked what is her favorite subject at school, lately she's been saying, "Science!" Now I see where she's getting the idea.
Notice the teacher has "scientist" under the line where it usually says "name." Niiiiice.
As we looked over this worksheet, I told Katie she used to be an embryo too. I said, "You started out as a blastocyst. Then you became an embryo. Then you were a fetus. Then you were a baby, and now you're a big girl."
Katie cleared her throat and said, "No, Mom. I started out as an EGG."
When she argues with me, I like to think of my six year old not as bossy or disrespectful toward her mother, but as a detail-oriented, critical thinker. Good thing we don't live in Texas, where Stephen Colbert reports some GOP leaders recently wanted teaching critical thinking skills stricken from the curriculum of public schools:
"Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."
I guess I like my parental authority undermined, especially when my child's point is valid. As far as I'm concerned, the only two rules my daughter must strictly follow are these:
1. Think for yourself.
2. Love everyone.