(a) my child is an 'A' student (getting over 92% on most tests)
(b) the student cannot do basic algebra without help.
For example cannot convert a^2 + 2ab + b^2 , back into
Does not even know what a geometric proof is.
(c) Can do many simple problems 'quickly' and efficiently.
However, cannot even approach a problem that should take say a genuine 1-2 hours. I am not even talking about more complex ones.
So the whole way of thinking about Math (and science subjects) -- is targeted towards 'secretarial/data entry' kind of activities.
Quick tricks, filling in blanks, fitting answers...
There is a complete lack of homework problems that require a creation of any kind of approach/ thought framework...
Instead, they are overwhelmed with huge number of simple stuff.
But, as I know form being in the industry,
it is that kind of job skills that being replaced by computers, or outsourced...
(d) Student is trained (or may be brainwashed) to think that material in school and good grades -- is not just necessary,
but absolutely sufficient
(with exception of social work and leadership skills... always can do more of those...)
If I get good grades, and if I am tired and busy with
This makes it very difficult, almost impossible
for a parent to penetrate through this wall,
(plus the social media, and peer-pressure cancers that constantly compete with me
for influence on the child).
I feel like my kids are just being treated as 'head count', in some 'feel good' & 'reward for participation' virtual video game,
whose purpose is to create a fake reality,
to reduce their chances of being competitive,
... and I cannot do anything about it.
The textbook we used: https://www.amazon.com/Geometry-Ray-C-Jurgensen/dp/039597727...
The Art of Problem Solving: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Problem-Solving-Vol-Basics/dp/097...
AoPS is pretty good but more geared toward math competitions. The reading is ok but the problems take some serious thought and if you can get your kid to do one a day s/he'll probably be better off for it.