Biographies and Why Mom is Always Right

Earlier in the school year, Ane’s class did biography reports of famous people.  She told me about it after the report was done, because all they really did was fill in the blanks on a poster after picking a person, reading some articles (provided by the teacher) and then talking about their person.

Ane chose Taylor Swift, one of her favorite singers, as her biography subject.

So did at least five other girls in the class.

When this happened, I asked her, “Why didn’t you choose someone unique and different that no one else was doing?”

Apparently, “unique,” “different,” and “third grade” don’t normally go together.  When asked what other famous people were profiled, it turned out that a handful of girls had done their biographies on Justin Bieber, several boys had covered athletes, and one lone boy had done his biography on Abraham Lincoln.

Ane brought her biography poster home yesterday and showed it to the Webmaster and me.  “Next time, do a biography on someone who’s dead,”  I told her.

She made a face.  “Why?” she asked.

“Because their story is already done and they can’t add anything more to it,” I pointed out.

Her father added fuel to this argument by pointing out that in the spot where “date of death” was supposed to be listed on the biography poster, Ane had written “never.”

“That’s not really right, Ane,” he told her.

“See?” I said.  “Now if you’d picked a DEAD person…”

She sheepishly grinned at me.  Score another win for Mom.

Note to self: work harder at making the girl a non-conformist when it comes to her schoolwork.

2 Responses to “Biographies and Why Mom is Always Right”

  1. Ressis
    November 6th, 2012 04:33

    Taylor Swift? I’ll just say it: she’s a whore. She jumps from one guy to the next so she has song material. How anyone can respect her is beyond me.

  2. Aunt Lynda
    November 6th, 2012 07:16

    Ressis, I so agree. And sing? it’s pityful. She never heard about breath control.
    However, the little girls love her. And Beiber. Aren’t you glad we’re grownups?
    Praise for Ane’s teacher for making the students aware of biographies, though. And sometimes you have to let them read comic books to get them going on reading.