It was an early morning yesterday for all of us as we took P to the devped.
I’m happy to share with all of you that his congnitive level is that of a 7.5 year old! No wonder he’s been complaining and complaining (yes, I *can’t* stress that enough!) about being taught stuff he already knows thus he’s B-O-R-E-D with school. (Yes, he spells it because we’ve told him not to *say* it.)
P’s in a traditional school…and well, these schools cater to “average” kids. (P’s devped said that if trad schools cater to “average” kids, why do they get the top x number of kids and not the “middle” number of kids who passed the exam?)
This is worse news: When S and I talked to P’s guidance counselor, we pushed the question: If there was a highly gifted child (feeling ba? Hahahahahaha!) in the school, what would the school do…will the school accelerate the child? Give him additional work? Put him in a special program? The answer: We’ll recommend him to move to a school to suit his needs. Why? Because they’re a traditional school.
S was disappointed in a major way. In his time (he’s an alumnus of the school), he had finished his high school English class in junior year! He spent most of his senior year coaching other kids who didn’t have as much ease in English as he did.
A few years ago, the school had a program for the kids who were “ahead” of the lot…they were placed into a special class during some subjects…perhaps math and science. We found out during that discussion with the guidance counselor that that’s been scrapped. Why? Because they don’t want to label the children.
Of course, we don’t want to think P as gifted because he’s too young to concretely test. S has actually said he doesn’t even want to know, because all we want is for him to have a “regular” childhood.
We asked the devped what school she’d recommend and she said that she doesn’t really recommend a specific one, because each person’s needs are different.
But of course, P is just in the first level of the school…and they hardly do anything. It’s like he’s in preschool again. And, it’s just the 1st Q. We’ll see how it goes.