Dear Dumb Diary, Year Two: School. Hasn´t this Gone on Long Enough? by Jim Benton.

March 28, 2012 at 10:19 am 3 comments

New Year. Even More Dumb.

Dear Dumb Diary,

When Dad brought i up this morning, I pointed out that I´m doing well in all of my classes except math. And Dad was all like, “You have to do well in all your classes.”

And I was all like, “Who really needs to be good at math, anyway?

And Dad was all like, “I do. I´m an accountant. It´s my job. It´s how the bills get paid around here.”

And I was all like, “dad. If everybody was good at math like you, they wouldn´t have had to hire you.

Face it, the less people everywhere know about math, the better off our family is.”

And Dad´s mouth snapped shut like a big old math textbook. He looked helplessly at Mom.

Yeah, that´s what I thought, Math Guy.

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  • […] Dear Dumb Diary, Year Two: School. Hasn´t this Gone on Long Enough? by Jim Benton. ( […]

  • 2. lauren  |  October 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    umm i have this book but i would enjoy a summary

    • 3. Encino Library  |  October 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Check this summary from Thriving

      Middle-schooler Jamie Kelly has been sharing thoughts in her diary for a year now. In this first segment of her diary, year two, she discusses and doodles about math grades, friends, teachers, parents and the threat of summer school, among other random topics.

      Jamie loves language arts but struggles in math. Her best friend, Isabella, spends a lot of time at Jamie’s house and enjoys razzing Jamie’s parents. The girls also hang out with Angeline, whom Jamie considers nice but not especially bright. When Angeline starts appearing more intelligent by out-scoring Jamie in language arts, wearing glasses, etc., Jamie begins feeling insecure about her own abilities. To make matters worse, the girls’ other not-too-sharp friend Emily emails to say she’s getting amazing grades at her new school. Jamie is already questioning her own intelligence when she comes across a pamphlet about summer school on her family’s kitchen table.

      Out of desperation, Jamie lets Isabella tutor her in math. Jamie is thrilled when she manages to pass an important test. Then she learns her dad promised Isabella $10 if she could find a way to motivate Jamie to improve her math grade. Isabella’s scheme included more than tutoring. She found sneaky ways to make Angeline and Emily appear smarter than Jamie. Isabella knew if Jamie felt less intelligent than her not-so-smart friends, she would want to prove herself.


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