This was first published in 2009 on a dusty old blog of mine. Oh, yes; it’s that time of year. One wrought with anxiety and maybe a few tears–and not just for us parents of highly gifted children. When I said to one of my boys with the best of intentions, “Who knows maybe this will be an exciting year?” we looked at each other and started laughing.
But we’re all off to a decent start. My 11-year-old came home excited on two occasions: one when a teacher told him they’d be doing high school level work and the other when he had a chat about string theory with a teacher who’s a former physicist. Needless to say string theory is not on the syllabus.
In the meantime, I offer up this quiz of things that may have been said by school staff or administrators in recent weeks. Guess which ones are actual statements and share some of your own real or imagined comments based on your experiences.
Gifted Education Quiz for the New School Year
B) There’s nothing we can do to challenge him beyond what we have.
C) We will do anything to challenge you child.
D) We wish there was a way for him to be challenged other than homeschooling.
E) None of the above.
F) All of the above.
The answer is F) All of the above!
Really though, it could be worse. There do seem to be some teachers and admins who are putting thought and concern into the placement and challenge issues.