After six weeks or so of school, homework marathon sessions
and plenty of wailing and knashing of teeth,
it is apparent to me that Spring
's kids put the “fun” in
“dysfunctional” when it comes to education. Spring has held countless
parent/teacher conferences (even after numerous reminders they
didn't get it that she worked at night, which didn't help
matters at all) attempting to resolve the situation but it finally came to a
head. In short, they have a major learning disability that the local
elementary school is ill prepared to deal with.
A few weeks ago Spring had them tested at Sylvan since she was concerned over their
academic standings at school. The results were startling (at least to me, I
think Spring expected as much): they were too smart.
Yup. Their disability is being too smart for the educational
system to deal with.
The Younger, in 2nd grade, was at a 5th grade
reading level (combination of current vocabulary use, reading skill and
reading comprehension). The Older, in 3rd grade, scored at an
incredible 11th grade reading level! No wonder they were
having so many problems at school—the work was way below their level. And
it certainly didn't help that they switched shools only two months before
summer vacation to a state heavy with standardized tests from a state with
It's a real mess.
So it was last week that Spring decided the best course of action was to
remove the boys from school and home school them. No more hours of
fruitless homework, no more wailing and knashing of teeth, and no more
dealing with overworked and underfunded teachers (I'm being kind; Spring has
less of an opinion on their former teachers).
Today was the first day of home schooling for the boys. I think it went
well, but we shall see how it works out in the longer term.
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