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  1. I probably harp on this ad nauseam, but these may be one in the same. Gifted children are frequently also children who struggle or have a learning disability. In fact, the best IQ range for school success is usually high average or just slightly above.
  2. Just read The Knowledge Gap, by Natalie Wexler. Essential reading if you want to really understand what is going on in schools and why it seems like a lot but is often not working very well. The most important take away is to focus on content (which, btw, kids love). I get the hand wringing about writing. I have three dyslexic kiddos and I was always worried about how much writing their public school peers were doing. But, just by accident, we did exactly what Wexler is recommending - we learned lots of content. Even when my kids couldn't read we were constantly reading out loud, listeni
  3. I would not pay a dime for my kids to attend any Ivy (and a bunch of other private colleges as well). I think they are parasitic on society. I'd like to see them have to justify their non-profit status.
  4. Altogether I read this article as one big argument for fully funding and expanding (as in basically tuition free) public colleges and universities. Very little of this comes as a surprise to me as we live at an elite New England boarding school and see this process all the time. I am at the point where I no longer care how bad places like Trinity and Wesleyan feel about their small populations of minority and lower socioeconomic students. As Moonflower said, they are businesses and this is their business model. The reality is about 75% of college students are non-traditional (ie not the
  5. They are not required to take the AP exam and it doesn't impact the course grade. They won't even get exam scores till summer. So that will likely be our plan - just take the course and not the exam, at least as long as the CB is still denying accommodation. My DD does have all her accommodations for the class itself, so she should be fine in the course. Interestingly, the High School uses the school day SAT for their junior year state testing now (although they do not administer the essay section I think), but I spoke with a lawyer from the CT dept of Education and he told me that they
  6. It's not quite that bad in our school system, but frankly I was pretty appalled at the behavior in DD15's non honors level classes last year. She was recommended for honors after placement testing as a freshman (which was really just vocabulary testing??) but we decided to put her in non honors just to ease the transition to school since she had been homeschooled her entire life. That was definitely a mistake. The student attitude was very different in the two levels, and the constant behavior problems were a real shock to us. And, it was frustrating to DD because it was mostly the boys, and s
  7. Oh my, he's an orange crabby, so crazy is in the genes. Just had my 4 month old orange crabby neutered and he only had one dose of pain meds at the vet, nothing at home. He was fine, but he was a bit crazy when he came home. I just thought he was happy to be back, but maybe it was drugs... Here he is attacking the table leg on the morning he came home.
  8. Insane, especially since they are already in the process of putting them online?? I think the stupid admissions scandals here have really hardened the resolve of testing agencies to deny everything they can. I have repeatedly asked my Senator to initiate some oversight of the College Board monopoly. I have even filed a DOJ discrimination complaint, but it takes a long time and lots of complaints to get anything done, and frankly this issue just can't break through the crazy here these days.
  9. I have thought occasionally about the cultural/community level aspect of this before. We do live in a pretty affluent area now(we live in faculty housing on campus at an expensive boarding school) so the public schools in the area are extremely competitive. But I also think there is a culture of achievement that I am not comfortable with. Both DH and I grew up in very middle class neighborhoods - he in the midwest and I in the south, and my father was first generation immigrant. There was definitely more of a culture of humility in both our households. You didn't really praise your children at
  10. I hear you, but I guess this is just not my experience at all. There is a full two hours or so of cheering and discussing the winners at every meet. Most people are not even present when the stragglers finish. Let's holler for them all sounds nice, but it's not what happens. That's fine. It's a CC meet, so it's the time to celebrate fast runners. I just don't want to hear about it at the coffee shop, or pool or church or work. Most days I just feel like the winners are blocking out the sun.
  11. I have to sometimes stop and wonder at the absurdity of the hours and hours I spend trying to get computer accommodations for my kid when in a decade or so we will probably all be using the computer for everything at it won't even be an issue. All the kids at her high school are already issued chromebooks for the entire four years.
  12. I might look into DE, but right now she is trying to integrate into the high school experience since she has been homeschooled all her life. Not sure how the pace of the AP courses will work for her. She is definitely interested in AP English, but part of why she likes English is that she actually likes to write and she is a good essay writer, she just literally can't handwrite. She is currently in the AP Seminar course which they offer for sophomores, but that course is not a content course but rather a research and analysis and presentation skills course. She is a very interesting thinker an
  13. Yeah, I really don't have a good handle on which of the tests are testing what when it comes to the fine motor issue. Her testing is three years old, so she would be due for more, and the High School is supposed to do her triennial evaluation this fall (although this will be the first evaluation for her actually done by the school). I don't know what they typically do. Seems the college board is completely uninterested in processing speed issues. They consistently say that is not enough to justify accommodation. It's baffling. They truly do not seem to know what they are talking about.
  14. Yes, private neuropsych testing when she was in middle school and we were still homeschooling. I essentially brought the high school all the necessary information before she started so she could get a 504 plan right from the get go. The downside of that is that the school system does not have a record of failure to document. She has done pretty well with the accommodations, although definitely below what you would expect given the IQ testing. The CB apparently sees the computer accommodation as an exception to their 2017 policy, so they feel free to demand additional documentation. She
  15. I know this thread has moved in a different direction but I was ruminating on the OP yesterday as I waited and waited for my DD to finally finish a cross country race. It took her even longer than usual, and believe me the usual is slow, because she stopped to reassure some visiting runners when they came across a black bear in the woods (we have a lot of bears in our neighborhood and DD has done quite a bit of hiking so she's comfortable with these encounters). She has a great coach who cheerfully waits at the finish line for all her runners to finish, but really she was just about the only o
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