Is My Child Getting the "Short Shrift?"
A fair amount of media attention has recently been placed on the “state” of education in America. Particularly, there has been a focus on whether we are neglecting our top students with the renewed attention on a more “democratic” educational system. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I have two children, a second grade daughter and a son who just started kindergarten. My son has always been especially advanced. Like any parent I want the best for my child. And, I have been eagerly waiting during the past three years of his play based preschool for him to begin his “formal” education! I must say the verdict is still out…
Let me backtrack and explain that my son has been advanced from an early age. As a 1 ½ year old, one of his favorite pass-times was playing with his alphabet puzzle for hours on end until he had learned to recognize the entire alphabet. He then moved on to numbers, putting letters together to form words and on and on. He is that child who craves learning and knowledge. He loves reading “learning” books and any other stimulation he can get his little hands on. Don’t get me wrong like all children my son is not perfect. He has an admirable temper, strong will and at times intense personality. But, like any parent I want the best for my child.
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Two months into the school year and I feel skeptical that my wish for my child to be truly stimulated will be met. He attends a public elementary school in a wonderful school district in the western suburbs of Chicago. I love the school (and have for the last two years with my daughter). The teachers are wonderful and the environment is nurturing. The school always receives top rankings. There are fourteen children in his half-day kindergarten program. Two of these children have special needs and have their own dedicated teacher.