Rather than what I said last time, let's blame her for the good. Here's a note I got from Eldest's English teacher last night. Eldest is in a GATE class for English and Social Studies, so he's really being pushed hard, and he's rising to the challenge.
"PATOIS, I don't know how much of his schoolwork ELDEST shares with you, so I'm going to fill you in a little. Today in class, he volunteered to share a dialogue he had written last night based on the book we are reading together, Nothing But the Truth. The assignment was to create a dialogue between the main character, a 14 year old smart alec freshman, and the English teacher he despises in which they comment on their perceptions of the other. It was masterful, and that's not hyperbole. He nailed it in terms of content and was so true to the characters that I thought the author could have written it. I want to keep this copy for his portfolio, but do ask him to print up another for you to read."
I'll take blame for my children's actions, but I think I'll take some credit some of the time, too. [Pete brings science, geography and math to the table, so he can take credit for Eldest's A's in those subjects.] [I was going to offer up that we share half of the math credit, but that seemed rather rude, so I'll let Pete take the whole enchilada.]