I may have mentioned in a previous post that my daughter had an in-class essay assignment for her Monsters in British Literature course (which we have been incorrectly calling her Shakespeare course, because although they studied The Tempest, they also studied Beowulf and Frankenstein). The assignment was to identify the monster in the story, and make your case. She chose Antonio. At the time I thought this was a one off, “Next time we have class we’re going to write an essay.” It was actually a research project. For several days her homework was to gather notes and make her case. And then, at the designated class, did they all write it up. So that day comes, and I pick her up, and she starts with, “Just so you know, my Antonio essay did not go as well as expected.” “Oh?” I ask, keeping my eyes on the road, while immediately thinking, “Was our premise wrong? What could we have missed?” “Yeah, well, we had an emergency drill today,” she began. I’m guessing every school in America has different variations of those. They were always fire drills in my day. My parents had “duck and cover” drills. Our kids have lock down drills, active shooter drills, etc… She continued, “And of course it happens in the middle of her class, so we all have to stop working and lock the doors and sit and not make any noise. That ends up taking like half the class. So she tells us, ‘I understand that you didnt get enough time to finish, but there’s nothing we can do, so just write what you have time to, and I wont count it against you if you cant finish your conclusion….'” I laughed. “Wait, so you’re angry that you didn’t have to write more, and that the standard has been lowered?” I asked. “Yes!” came the response. “I worked hard on that, I knew exactly what argument I wanted to present!” “Even in the time you got, you probably still wrote twice as much as any other kids.” “Well, yeah,” she admitted. Love my nerd. 🙂 This month’s posts are sponsored by No Shave November. To help raise cancer prevention awareness, and some money along the way, all proceeds from this month’s advertising, merchandise and book sales are being donated. If you’d like to support the site by supporting the cause, please consider visiting my personal fundraising page linked above, where you can make a direct donation.