When I was picking the children up from school on Friday the Principal told me that she wanted to meet with me on Monday (today) about Starling’s science fair project. I was sure that meant she was going to get the gold medal or whatever they give to science fair winners. I was thrilled, but I didn’t mention it to anyone (except Cari, since Amber was also working on the project) because I didn’t want other parents to feel bad about their children not winning science fair this year. I am humble like that.
Imagine my surprise when I was told this morning that Starling’s project was being disqualified from the competition. Apparently they think that rating her classmates based on both appearance and popularity is arbitrary and “mean”. I did point out that Starling was not rating her classmates’ appearance herself, it was being done by a scientific sampling of strangers online. Also, the popularity rankings are pretty obvious to everyone else in the class, it isn’t something that they are arbitrarily making up. Mrs. Swedburg was very firm about it though, so now Starling and Amber have to start over from scratch. Honestly, all of this political correctness is getting irritating!
Starling decided to do a blind tasting of lemonade to see whether boys or girls prefer lemonade sweetened with sugar or lemonade sweetened with artificial sweetener. They are going to make a third jug of lemonade with quite a bit of added sugar to see if the fatties, like Fat Alice and Julia prefer that, but we may have to keep those results to ourselves.
Yesterday Röbert did have some earrings for me at lunch time. The stones are smallish, but baby steps, am I right? They are such an improvement over kayak lessons, and I have big hopes for my birthday this year. He also made dinner last night. There is nothing sexier than a man with a gas grill!