The learning portion is a bit more complicated, considering this week my daily question was answered with, "We didn't have class." A substitute teacher had been assigned that day, and the class did nothing. My daughter spent her hour playing a game on her phone and chatting with other students. She had two comments about it.
- "I wish I had brought some of my other schoolwork with me so I could have worked on that instead."
- "I thought about asking to leave, since they obviously weren't doing anything. I didn't think they'd let me, though."
I agreed that it might be a good idea to have a downloaded history lecture (a weekly assignment from her AP U.S. History class) on her phone as a back-up plan. I also advised her that her choice to not bother asking to leave was wise. She would have been denied.
These two comments brought me back to my earlier analogies of prison and Oz. As strange as it may seem, it helps me keep things in perspective. She needed to do her time that day, which entailed 60 minutes in the Land of Oz. It makes the unreasonable seem reasonable again.
Of course, this leads to the question of is it all worth it. Actually, for us, it is. More details in a future post.