Saturday, September 21, 2013

RETURNING: Last Man Standing - It's All About Education

I have a huge problem with overcrowded classrooms. Not only does it make it tougher to teach (more papers to grade, more students to track, more phone calls to make, more work to keep everyone's attention), it is more draining on the students (everything takes longer, less individual attention, less space and supplies per students). But before I launch into a tirade on teacher:student ratio, let me just say that I am not a fan of how the Baxters "solved" this problem. Boyd using his grandparents' address is not an uncommon trick, and the fact that not one character had an ethical dilemma with it bothered me. Ben and Kate had a small storyline with the same issue last year, and Kate got caught helping Maddie by using another address. It is probably only a matter of time before the same happens with the Baxters. Okay, enough politics... time for the actual facts...
Last Man Standing "Back to School" (S03E01): Boyd is learning Spanish in first grade, as the school uses bilingual education. Vanessa is concerned with the class sizes and thinks a charter school might have been a better choice, so they suggest that Boyd use their address and go to a "better" school. Mike complains about bilingual schooling in his vlog, but Ed isn't a big fan of Mike's attitude. Kristin fights for multiculturalism, but Ryan thinks that Boyd should go to the best school, so the switch will be made. [I'm glad that Mike admitted to being attached to Boyd.]

Mandy is loving college, especially her philosophy class. Kyle is still in the picture, and enjoys listening to Mandy discuss her courses. Kyle also still works at the store, where he gets some sage advice from two customers wanting hunting supplies. [Duck Dynasty stars.]

As a side note, Blanca studies for and passes her citizenship test. [that kinda fit in, I guess.]
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