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Oct
21
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
Well, turns out they just needed more time to assess him! Not sure what was going on in the prior weeks but they have just assessed him for his current year, then assessed him for next year and he's where he should be at for nearing the end of next years school term (in his reading anyway - they have yet to assess his maths and some other subjects). We ended up going up to the top level of reading books he can get and a shedload of extra stuff coming home with him and he is finally excited to go to school! The wife feels much less stressed now :)
Oct
19
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
... and you obviously are passionate about the subject hence the detail/points of view, thanks for your balanced input (there were some very biased opinions presented!)
Oct
19
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
I'm going to accept this because you covered everything so well - I'm still at the stage where we need to work through this with the school as I think we are both struggling to come to terms with each other. I'm worried that since we are only human that someone may not be putting as much effort into their work as I'd like (sometimes your career is your passion and sometimes a job is a job). I don't want to complain without sitting down with the school and trying to work out where we stand. Like I said, I was probably frustrated when writing the above, I'll report back with the resolution :)
Oct
19
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
Unfortunately this is a very opinionated post - I do value your viewpoint (the pessimistic view is still a valid view) and I'm sure this may be a problem in certain places, but I can't really agree/support this without any evidence :(
Oct
18
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
@Stephie I'm aware that Mensa is international, I was talking more about the resources they provide - often on the other side of the ocean things are a little different :)
Oct
17
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
...and he may be working at the correct level for physical/social achievements but does it really hurt to be challenged in an academic context? He loves learning; does that mean he should concentrate on playing football because it's something he's not good at? If "well rounded" means being mediocre at everything then I totally disagree with what they want for my child (they love using that phrase). I didn't want to play football, I wanted to read, program, draw etc - that doesn't mean I've grown up to be an unhealthy, unbalanced person that can't look after myself or my family...
Oct
17
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
Thanks for your comments - I don't assume the worst of teachers and a particular one of my daughters teachers (albeit at a different school) has been fantastic in pushing her achievements. We've had formal meetings and I understand that phonics are part of the national curriculum. I've also said I don't think my son is a genius - he's just bright and ready for more challenging work. I don't understand why someone would deny a statement they made if it doesn't hurt for it to be true - this is what raised alarm bells for me. The school are supplying us with the curriculum...
Oct
17
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
Not sure who downvoted as it's polite to leave a comment/reason - I found this helpful, thanks for your input but I live in the UK - but at least it gives me hope that there may be an equivalent over here.
Oct
17
comment Is my son's school ignoring his intelligence?
Changing school is not really an option as my wife is disabled and getting him from school is already a challenge (I work full time). I live in the UK and these are public schools - so I'm not paying them out of my pocket (unless you count taxation!). We've been in for meetings with the teacher/headteacher who both say the same thing, but I did make the point to my wife that these people are colleagues and for all we know could be good friends. I had much the same issues myself and got no support from either primary or secondary. I want to do better for my son though!
Oct
12
comment What does it mean to “say a few words”?
All babies/toddlers are different - it's understandable to be concerned, but if your child is making talking 'noises' and then they are on their way. My son is almost two and he speaks in sentences - (he makes his own grammar up sometimes, like 'Make it, the milk daddy, please'!), but we also have a daughter who at that age wasn't really saying much at all. I wouldn't worry too much until it becomes clear that your child isn't communicating properly - which doesn't sound like it's the case