This year's math course has been a disaster. Beyond disaster, actually. Where math is concerned, this year has been epically* bad.
Some kind of emergency repair has to happen this summer - but what?
I could conceivably sign C. up for an algebra 2/precalculus course at the local community college - but are the teachers there going to be any better? At this point, we desperately need an actual math teacher: a person who can teach math to a student who doesn't teach math to himself.
We could do ALEKS, but ALEKS is super-slow and overwhelmingly procedural; the 1 1/2 courses I took on ALEKS taught me one disembodied procedure after another. At this point disembodied procedures might be better than nothing -- but then again to the extent C. learned anything this year he learned disembodied procedures.
I could insist that the two of us work through Foerster (I own the teacher's edition).
We could work our way through Saxon.
I could advertise for a math teacher or check out the various tutoring companies....
We also have to do serious SAT prep (though that's not going to be onerous & time-consuming).
I'm thinking this wasn't the summer to sign up for the precision teaching institute at Morningside.
* My neighbor's son, who is a terrific writer, is constantly inventing words he says ought to exist, and having watched him do this a few times, I think he's right. Epic is an excellent word, and its non-existent cousin epically is the word I need today.