Is that Massachusetts?

You don’t need to know your states to be a medical doctor.

“Are you ready for your states identification test?” I challenged my homeschooled daughter.

“Kind of. . . sometimes I forget the little states,” she bashfully replied.

Ha!  So do I!  And how to spell them too!  You don’t need to know your states to get through medical school.  I know.  Not where Masachusetts is.  (No.  Massachusetts.)  Not that, although this week I learned that too.  But I know that you can get through medical school not knowing which one’s New Hampshire and which one’s Vermont.  Even if you’ve been there.

Knowledge gaps exist.  When I started homeschooling seven years ago, I told myself I would remedy those gaps.  My children would not have the gaps I had coming out of school. Everything I wanted to learn and didn’t, I would pour onto them.  Beautifully, life smashes your nose up, puts dark hair where it doesn’t belong, and creates a new face for you.

THEN, you’re CoverGirl material.

17 thoughts on “Is that Massachusetts?

  1. Jo tB

    I can name the 11 provinces in Holland, but do I know the kapital city of each province??

    Can I name all 28 countries belonging to the European Union, and know their capital cities? Nope. And we have the Eurovision Song contest each year, so all countries participating are listed, and the voting comes from each capital city. So after fifty years, we should know them off by heart!! I think for most people “it is in one ear and out the other” (to use a Dutch expression).

    Will have to start googling. At least they know the answer.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Boy, I had to look up Eurovision Song contest! I hadn’t heard of it.

      Here, usually in about 5th grade (10-11 years old), the students are usually required to learn all the states’ locations and their capitals. (I learned them and then– “in one ear and out the other…” 🙂 Okay. Not completely.) Also, here, an argument against homeschooling is that we don’t teach our kids. (Okay. I might be exaggerating a little, but some people DO think this!) This post is kind of a play on that idea, and a reminder to myself that learning is happening, all is well, and we can’t cover everything.

      Holland, Spain, and England—where some of the people who left comments are from. FUN! Even more fun than gut bacteria. Maybe. 🙂

  2. Elisa | blissful E

    Homeschool allows my kids to develop a love of learning, and the ability to find out and/or learn all the things I don’t manage to teach them.

    I was so fascinated to find that an English friend with a PhD in physics who I met in Cambridge drilled herself on the US States! And yes, she knew more of them than I, an American, did. BUT she had never learned the song “Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas…” so I was able to teach her something after all. 🙂

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Aha! I taught my daughter that song this last month! It made me feel so happy and young again! (Weird. I know.) Of course, the YouTube version didn’t sing it quite like I remembered–you know. You REALLY have to draw out “Wyyyyyy-ooooooooooooo-ming.” Right?

      That’s neat that your friend learned all the states! She’s good!


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