Frank Mc Court, whom I once saw give a beautiful tribute to Peter Matthiessen at a Paris Review Revel, is engaging and funny.
But after 30 minutes I am only about 16 pages in, and Esmee has finished studying for Earth Science and needs the book. It is now time for me to struggle with Earth Science. “The term synergistic applies to the combined efforts of Tarbuck and Lutgens,” says the biographical note at the beginning.
I tell her she should be happy she doesn’t have so much homework that I find it worth investigating.
She agrees with this, but still makes me feel so guilty about it that I let her watch Pretty Little Liars, her favorite show.
There are standardized tests, and everyone—students, teachers, schools—is being evaluated on those tests.
When I ask Esmee what this actually means, she gives me her homework credo.
Esmee is in the eighth grade at the NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies, a selective public school in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
I decide to do my daughter’s homework for one typical week.
Monday By late afternoon, I am tired after filing a magazine article on deadline. When I arrive home, a few minutes ahead of Esmee, I consider delaying my week of homework, but then I realize that Esmee can never put off her week of homework.