Well, I am on the warpath lately. My current issue – meeting the educational needs of my youngest child.
At the beginning of kindergarten, I waited for our (we totally love her) teacher to notice our son’s academic abilities. Didn’t happen. So, I thought, maybe their evaluations don’t include higher-level material because the kids aren’t supposed to know those things yet.
So, I set a meeting to discuss it.
Prior to the meeting the teacher tested him and at the meeting told me he reads at about a 3rd grade level. And there is no test for math.
“What about the TAG (talented and gifted program)?” I asked. “How does it work?” The answer: We can work with him in the classroom, but TAG doesn’t begin for our students until the 3rd grade.
Our kindergarten teacher is organized and very committed to doing a great job for her students. And she has a lot of kids to teach and is doing her best to meet his needs with the time and resources she has. (I am not knocking her at all. She’s a rock star, and we love her.)
But this kid says and does things with math, logic, language and vocabulary that indicate to my husband and me that there’s a whole lot going on in his mind that we don’t expect to be there yet.
At school, I am seeing signs laziness and a slight increase in behavioral issues that has led me to consider he may need a different type of environment in order to be challenged and get the most out of his education.
There was a really interesting article in The Boston Globe recently called The Poor Neglected Gifted Child that talked about how kids in this category fall through the cracks in public schools. From what I gather, it’s not a new problem, but it’s new to me.
So, I’m concerned.
I’m reading, and I am talking to people. And I am forming opinions…on my warpath.