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  •  I should admit to my own bias in this matter. (1+ / 0-)
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    mamamedusa

    I had a very difficult time in public schools 40-50 years ago.  I was expelled from school in the second grade -- which I don't think happens any more.  I was re-admitted after sessions with a psychologist and a battery of tests (all done on the government dime as I was a military dependent) evaluated me as being gifted.

    My 3 daughters have had varying struggles.
    My youngest has it easy.  She tested out in the 98th percentile on the standardized tests, so she will be regarded as one of the "smart ones".

    My middle daughter didn't do that well on the tests, partly, I believe, because she is a year younger than her classmates whereas my youngest is a bit older than hers.

    She, however, has fought, clawed, yelled, screamed, bugged guidance counselors, etc so that she takes mostly AP and honors classes.

    My guess is that she is about like those 15 kids.  

    She has to work damned hard now, and she no longer gets nearly straight As.  It's a funny thing though: her GPA has gone up because the advanced classes are weighted differently on the scale.  I'll bet the challenge also means that she will do better when it comes time take ACT/SAT and to write essays for college entrance.

    I'm glad that she's a fighter and chose not to settle where the professional educators judged most appropriate for her.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Feb 06, 2011 at 06:32:20 AM PST

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    •  good of you to explain your point of view (1+ / 0-)
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      mamamedusa

      several of those 15 have been asked to take honors classes next year instead of regular, and I have suggested to 5 that they sign up for AP, because they can handle it.  4 of those 5 were new to our school so we had no way of evaluating them.

      I always challenge kids to go beyond where they are.  I am not going to put a kid in jeopardy when s/he is not yet ready to perform at a higher level and failing might be crushing.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sun Feb 06, 2011 at 06:45:36 AM PST

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      •  And interesting statement that one -- (0+ / 0-)

        I am not going to put a kid in jeopardy when s/he is not yet ready to perform at a higher level and failing might be crushing.

        Perfectly reasonable and completely defensible so long as the kids and the parents get an opportunity to take the risk, should they choose to do so.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sun Feb 06, 2011 at 06:56:22 AM PST

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