She was told that the rest of the class was up to page 34 of the Maths book. The schools have just returned for Term 3 (out of 4) so we would have thought the class would be about half way through the book. But the book has around 180 pages!
"Oh, we never finish the books," answered the lad, as if this was common knowledge.
Thinking back to our school days I remember we never finished our text books either. No wonder the first 25% to 33% of each year's books review the prior year. This is probably because the students didn't actually cover the topics being "reviewed"!
Meanwhile, most homeschool parents stress over completing each of the school books. We get the book, look at the total number of lessons or pages, divide by the number of school weeks and then proceed to do that much per week. As the end of the year draws near, the children see the book is nearing completion and wonder things like, "Hey, there are only 4 lessons to go. I'll just do them now and I can put the book away!"
We explained this to the boy's mother and she agreed it all made sense to her.
Also, one of the boy's assignments was to write an essay on "How do you feel about ANZAC day?"
"What's ANZAC day?" he asked.
In Australia this is a sad indictment of the school and the parents. It is comparable to a US student asking, "What's Memorial Day?" Why would the school give an assignment about a subject if it hasn't even been discussed or taught at school first? And even then, what type of stupid assignment asks how you "feel" about the topic? How can you be marked wrong?
So we once more find additional reasons to homeschool.