I’m putting it in quotes.
That’s what I feel about it. The way NYC does gifted, is that children are tested when they are 4 (!) and put into gifted classes where they stay until high school. That is so dumb. As though kids don’t change.
I don’t believe one can tell if a child is gifted until he or she is about eight years old.
All of this is to say that Cakie’s teacher pulled me aside to ask me why I didn’t put him in gifted. Ummm. Yeah. Because I think it is silly? I think it is a way to pull rich folk into to public schools. Because I hate how the “gifted” fifth graders are so sick of each other they want to puke because they’ve been in the same class all the way through school. Because I want my son to work hard, not just think he’s smart. Because I want him to not feel like he has to be perfect at everything, or else he gives up. (Ok, he’s already like that. But no need to fan the fire.) Because my school is full of gifted kids who are not in the gifted program.
But then…. there is one part of me that is curious as to how well he’d do on that test. There is one part of me that would like to see him at the school run by my friend, that only has gifted classes in it, so it wouldn’t be that same isolation/ I’m-in-the-smart-kids’-class attitude. There’s a part of me that wonders what it would be like if he went to the gifted school in Manhattan that goes all the way up to high school, so I wouldn’t have to stress out about getting him in to a good middle school or high school.
What’s your take on it?
PS I was both flattered and appalled by this little chat. I’m hoping he isn’t acting up, or being snarky.