Mind boggling. That is how I felt last night when we were talking about school. Both kids had tests yesterday. Both mentioned how they had to finish them today. I asked what they meant finishing it a day later. Apparently that is the norm in our school system. If you don’t finish it in time that is ok. This just blew my mind. Growing up if I didn’t finish a test in the set amount of time that was on me.
This really concerns me because as a parent I want the best education for our kids. I don’t want education to be a limiting factor to whatever progress our kids make. Last year the US was ranked 14th in the world when it came to education. The past couple of years think tanks have mucked about with different ways the kids should be taught without really vetting the programs. Common core has been a nightmare. I’m sorry 2+2 does not equal 5! I get that kids should learn to think through the process and understand how they got to the answer but it is not ok if the answer is wrong.
It is hard for me to understand the overall disconnect between what I see our teachers doing locally and how our students stand vs other countries. The teachers our kids have, bar one, have been amazing. They are dedicated to our kids, they work long hours, they work to try to tailor lessons for each student, and communicate with us. So I have to think our system is held back at the higher level. For example there is an OK senator who wants to cut funding to the AP History classes because it “teaches students what is bad about America” It doesn’t promote “exceptionalism”. Constantly chanting “We’re #1” isn’t leadership, it’s insecurity.
To rise back up the ranks, kids need to have positive learning experiences while being prepared for the real world. They need to stop being let down by those who forget separation of church and state actually exists, to be allowed to actually learn science and the truth about history, and to know that 2 + 2 doesn’t equal 5.
We are fortunate that our kids love to learn and seek out ways to learn new things. But not all kids have that support.
We did have a nice meal to go along with the enlightening conversation. I was in the mood for meatballs and wanted an Asian flair. And guess what my husband found at the co-op?
Galangal! How cool is that? In a bowl I mixed up a half pound of beef with a few tablespoons of freshly grated galangal. I found it to be very dry and flaky. I also added chopped chives and couple of teaspoons of amino acids. Otherwise known as gluten free soy sauce. Then roll the meat into meatballs about an inch to an inch in a half in diameter. In a skillet heat up a few tablespoons of peanut oil.
Brown the sides of the meatballs then finish off in an oven heated to 350F/175C. Meanwhile, saute chopped veg of your choice. I did up peppers, scallions, garlic, carrots, and mushrooms.
I messed up on the portion of sauce vs the portion of rice noodle. I made enough sauce for two people but enough noodles for 4. So I would double what I’m putting here. Otherwise the dish ends up bland and trust me, the sauce wasn’t bland! I added 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, a couple of teaspoons of amino acids, a few splashes of fresh lime juice, and a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and add a cup of homemade chicken stock. Reduce down a bit then add the meatballs.
Cook the rice noodles per the directions then serve with the meatball sauce.
Next time I make this I will definitely increase the sauce because the flavour was amazing. Just wish the rice noodles hadn’t dulled it down.
I totally agree about our education system. It’s like we’re both having the same rant. I’ve never heard of galangal but obviously need to search it out. Thanks Virginia.
It’s used a lot in Asian dishes. It has a ginger flavour. Didn’t think we’d find it here. I’m sure a lot of us are ranting about the education system. Hopefully our voices will be heard.
Very nice dish. The ‘political correctness’ of allowing the little darlings finish when they want is mind boggling.
It’s so scary. The real world is going to be a bit of a shock.
Love those meatballs, I am really loving Asian flavors now. They don’t do that here at the kids school, if they don’t finish their test thats it. That is the way it was when I was in school and thank goodness it is still the case here. I can’t believe they let them finish it the next day.
I think it’s a disservice in the long run.
I agree with you on the education issues – and if Senators don’t like history classes it doesn’t bode well… Meatballs sound delicious though!
I keep hearing the same rubbish from English educators..today’s one was why should it be a problem if children are absent from school for long periods. Of course it’s a problem because they aren’t at school. Our boarding school system, which produces very results, has 100% attendance! I don’t think they count that as it’s “privileged”…
Oh for pete’s sake, how are they to learn if they don’t show up? What’s the point of having kids if you aren’t going to do the best you can for them. And that doesn’t mean spoiling them but actually give them the best tools to be functioning adults.