Thursday, January 31, 2008

because of course god went to school

Quick background: My kids are in a gifted program called EXCEL, which they can attend as a pull-out class (once a week) or full-time. Second graders are only offered the part-time version; my daughter has been mulling over whether she wants the full-time class next year. We have encouraged her to go that direction but will ultimately let her decide.

As we were driving home this afternoon, Paige was struck with a revelation. In an excited AHA! voice she announced, "I bet when God was a kid, he was in the full-time EXCEL. Because he figured out how to make all the animals and people and plants and everything." That was all. But it was good.

4 comments:

Lisa Milton said...

So is it a go, full-time next year?

I forget you have extra education decisions to make, as a family.

Is it me, or did our parents have less to consider?

(I'm being nostalgic, no doubt.)

Mari said...

In our district, they offer GATE as a full-time class from grades 4-6, and the big brouhaha is that third graders have one chance to choose the separate class, or they lose their spot until 7th grade (the separate classes have wait-lists).

We've been talking to our son about this for a few weeks, because we have to send our "letter of intent" (heh, like he's been accepted to college...or offered a spot on a football team) by next Friday. We're waiting to hear back if they'll let him do just math with the GATE class, because I don't think his personality is suited to the pressures the GATE students have in terms of projects and homework.

Like Lisa, as I watch all the parents of third graders analyzing the options and making lists of pros and cons, I wonder how complicated things are for us decision-wise. I teach third grade, and I think I have spent at least 30-40 minutes with each parent whose child has tested into GATE as they ask for input.

But the God factor is one I hadn't considered...

brandy101 said...

That is why I often pray to Mary - because she can empathize with me, having a "gifted" kid and all that!

Last year, mine was rejected for our "odyessy" program by one point on the special 2-part tests last year, yet she is still getting pulled out based on teacher recommendations...I am curious to see how she tests this year.

Our primary grades only have enrichment/pull-out, not full-time programs. They do "honors' programs in middle school.

Anonymous said...

our district did testing each year- becuase our program was way too small and resources sadly meager. One year a kid would be in and one year on a different test they would be out. I knew mine was just fine when he figured out at 9 that it did not matter. He is a pretty smart fella- be gentle with whatever path they take- they will be fine-karolyn

PS I LOVE the God factor- smart girl- (but you knew that)

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