My kid the singer is smart.
And proud of it.
Way moreso than I was back in my own highschool days when I went out of my way to hide any and all signs of such a ridiculous thing from most of my friends.
Anyway, it turns out that when you're proud of being a smart kid it gives you the gumption to do crazy stuff like join your school's 'Reach For The Top' Team.
Yesterday evening I was in the lab late working on another stupid grant when I got a call from Bigger E. (the singer).
She wanted to tell me all about her Reach practice that day.
And she especially wanted to tell me about a question she didn't quite answer because she could only bring herself to mutter it under her breath instead of hitting her buzzer and shouting it out.
The answer to the question was 'The Babinski Reflex'
What is the Babinski Reflex?
Well, it's this weird thing that happens to babies where their toes splay out after you rub the bottom of their feet.
It's gone by the time a kid is about 18 months old when the corticospinal tracts descending from the brain more fully myelinate and exert inhibitory control of the reflex interneurons within the spinal cord. Thus, if it reappears later in life it is cause for considerable concern.
Why did my kid almost know that?
Was it her intensive studying of neuroantomy texts*?
Was it caused by her compulsive desire to learn everything humanly possible about the lives and times of obscure Polish neurologists?
Was it due to an I-Pad hidden under the table on her lap?
Of course not - that would be cheating!
And School-Reachers never cheat, or use performance enhancing agents of any kind whatsoever.
Not even 55,000 hour 'energy' drinks.
So here's the real thing.....
Ever since they were tiny, Bigger E. and littler e. have both been coming to the last lecture of the big class I teach every year which is filled to bursting with students that want to make a career out of taking care of sick folks.
And when they were babies I would hold one of the two E.'s up for the whole class to see and and then I would run my index finger along the soles of their feet so the students could watch their toes move and see one of their midterm questions in action.
*While she was not forced, at least not by me (ha!) to memorize textbooks as a young child, by the time she was eight Bigger E. did know most, if not all, of the cranial nerves......
And now that both E's are no longer so tiny, what, you may be asking yourself, do we do during those last lectures?....Well, for now at least, you'll just have to guess.....(but the answer isn't too hard to figure out)