Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I'm so with you on this. I think if a kid is honestly *gifted* then that will come out and they can get the extra programs or whatever. I know a lot of parents do not feel this way and feel like their gifted children do not get the extra attention they need. But really, a kid who is a talented student will advance, and a kid who is not a traditional learner does NOT need that extra pressure. They need to find their own talent set, with help, and go with that. I like the sounds of this Race to Nowhere...because really? Are kids who are not suited to an academic track really going to be happy being put on it? Sigh.
I'd probably be in a minority here, happy with kids who are doing "just fine" at school, happy that they are content and not causing trouble.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree, Omaha. I think a huge issue is we're not allowing kids to showcase how gifted they are in other areas that can be evaluated in other ways. If you make a child's "gifted-ness" connected directly to the numbers on an assessed bubble test, then of course the child needs to be pushed to achieve the results that match up with the necessary scores.


mouse's picture mouse

I have felt here that Reading eclipses all else. Math is in second place, but reading instruction gets the most attention. I love that this year E. has a teacher who especially likes science. It means he's learned about the scientific method and done an experiment to apply it in practical terms. He's had so little science in the previous grades since there's such a focus on testing.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's interesting, Mouse, because here it's just the opposite! T. loves science, too--I wish more emphasis were placed on Science--L.'s school didn't even offer much in the way of science at all until he reached 4th grade!