jzlosman wrote:Have you heard of parents screening their child's project though? I know parental involvement seems to be a thing of the past but come on. If we are going to talk about a fake middle school science fair and the fake teachers that are or are not screening the fake science project, let us think about the fake parents. Would your response to your child's "hey I'm going to do a science fair project" be "Ok son, don't tell me what it is though, I don't want to have any part in your life, after all I have tons of Call of Duty to play." Hopefully not. Point is, I don't see this showing up at a middle school science fair, with or without teacher-screening.
I have in fact heard of parents screening projects. I have also heard of students doing things on their own. The fact that one exists does not negate the presence of the other. By the point of middle school, many kids are more or less independent when it comes to doing school work. Some active parents may still be involved, others are not. Your argument hinges on the assumption that there is not a single negligent parent or independent teenage student out there. When I was in middle school, we were supposed to work alone and were discouraged from getting parental help or guidance. Did some parents get involved? Yes, but many didn't even know the science fair was happening. And like I said earlier, the topic includes actually carrying out the experiment. If a kid carried out this experiment with the intention of turning it in and got "unexpected" results, he may or may not present on the day of the fair, but that doesn't mean it was not his attempt at a science fair project.