My son’s fourth grade teacher sends out a weekly email to the parents of her students. It contains news about what’s being studied, a breakdown of upcoming events, and some questions that parents can ask at home to reinforce the topics being learned. This week the question was “Why do you think so many settlers died in the Jamestown colony in the first four years?” I’m not sure why, but I had to email a response:
Hi Ms. Lawson,
When we asked Steve the question about why so many settlers died in the first year, as you’d suggested, he answered, “Because they were dumb as hell.” Though I was surprised by this answer, I was pleased to find after some research that this is, in fact, the correct answer.
At this point, I’ve received no response. However, given that I do science activities with her class on a weekly basis, it’s likely that she realizes I’m just being silly.