Joe knew just what to do when his daughter, who was studying Roman history, came home with an assignment to build a catapult.
He ordered a catapult kit from the Internet and put it together himself.
The task, he was sure, was not in his 12-year-old daughter's skill set, and he wanted to give her a hand. Apparently, it wasn't in his skill set either. His effort earned a D.
What most annoyed Joe about the "silly" project was that other catapults – clearly built by parents with more expensive kits – got higher grades.
"It was obvious parents made them all," he said.
The episode underscores a growing tension over how much parental involvement in daily homework and projects is appropriate and who is to blame when parents cross the line.
This from the Dallas Morning News.