It is science fair time in our area.
That means lots and lots of parents coming in to check out science books.
For the most part they seem completely unrepentant that they are doing the research for their child. Some of them are a little more sheepish. No matter which camp they fall into, they feel the need to excuse themselves. I've heard a lot of variations on these refrains:
"Oh, I know I should make her do the research herself, but she is so busy with soccer/cheering/band/blah blah blah..."
"I'm just picking up books for him, he's doing all of the work on this project himself!"
"Do you have any good ideas for a fifth-grade level project?"
"I have no idea what type of science they are studying this year...does it matter?"
The winner, though, was a mother who came in this morning:
"I might as well pick the project. I'm going to do all the work anyway."
At least she's honest...