Saturday, December 17, 2016

To Be Gifted, or Not to be Gifted

That was the question.

Jordan's second grade teacher recommended we have her tested for the gifted program. At the start of this year she came home and said happily, “Every year the teachers just keep telling me how great I am!" Now I ask you, who wouldn't like hearing that every year?

We weren't surprised by the recommendation because she was reading at the fifth grade level in second grade, and her memory seemed to be almost photographic. At this point, school was not very challenging for her. We had reservations about the program, so we met with the principal. He told us we were the first parents ever, who contemplated not putting their child in. Here's why; Adam was in the gifted program in elementary school, and it wasn't a good fit. For a number of reasons, the program ultimately had a negative effect on his self esteem and self confidence. But after this meeting, we felt that perhaps it would be a good fit for Jordan.

She was tested, and she didn't get in. They said her IQ was not high enough.


If you know anything about me at this point, you can probably sense the sarcastic, annoyed, somewhat competitive tone in my reaction. Wait until you hear which section of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) pulled her score down.

Thank you.

Us Too

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