OK--here's the scenario: difficult child's birthday is Friday. difficult child comes home from school yesterday and says she has an English project that she is working on with a group from class. It's due Monday. They won't be finished so they will need to stay after school on Friday to work on it. Me: What's the project? difficult child: O we're doing a thing on Romeo and Juliet. We have to read it and answer questions and then maybe do some kind of presentation. Me: What part won't be finished? difficult child: O I don't know. We didn't start it yet. Me: Well, what do you need to do after school? difficult child: We'll probably start a power-point. Me: You're going to first start a power point on Friday after school for a project due Monday? difficult child: No, we'll already have it started. We'll just need to finish it. ......................... A few more questions went on like this....but you already have the "gist". So--does this sound like a legitimate school project to you or an excuse to stay after school for some other reason?