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The Price of Raising a Little Genius

September 12th, 2007 (05:47 pm)
current mood: incredulous
current music: The Commitments

I had no idea how much paperwork it takes to have a kid in kindergarten. Today, with my husband's help, I had to fill out forms to have our little Cutie Pie tested for the Gifted and Talented program. For kindergarten, there are no separate gifted classes, but the gifted specialists work with the teacher to provide extra challenges. It seems rather silly for a 5-year-old, but he's so far ahead in some things - especially math - that I'm afraid he'll get bored and act up if he already knows the lessons. For instance, one of the class goals for math this year is to learn to count to 20, out loud and in writing. By the time he turned 4, he could already count to 2,000. Now he's doing second-grade addition and subtraction, and knows some multiplication. When he was being potty-trained, I used to keep him occupied on the potty by quizzing him on square roots.

Unfortunately, I received the forms only yesterday afternoon, and they had to be turned in by today.

That would have been easy, if all I had to fill out was name, address, etc., but there were all sorts of questions about things like his "intensity as a learner," "high motivation level," and "creative producing," all asking for examples. This went on for three pages. I finally got it all filled out and turned in, and tomorrow he's being tested. I have no doubt that the little guy is very smart and needs more than the average kindergarten challenges, academically. But there's an excellent chance that he just won't feel like cooperating with the testing. Oh well, if he doesn't, we'll try again the next time they're accepting new kids into the program.

The other school form I'm supposed to have filled out by now is the application for parents who've offered to volunteer at school. I have to apply for that? I understand the need to make sure I'm not a convicted child molester. And I understand that they want to know what skills I have that might be useful to them. But can't they get that just by asking me what skills I have that might be useful to them? Do they need to see a resume and check with my former employers? I've written more than two dozen children's books; I can't imagine them telling me I'm not qualified to volunteer in a kindergarten class.