Last year both girls were in the Fast Track Math class. This is an advanced math class based upon test scores. There were two sections last year, but only one this year. The brunette twin made it. The blond twin did not.
It's not that she doesn't know it. Today she sat at the breakfast bar and explained to her twin how to do her Fast Track Math homework. She went into great detail about how to figure out the answer and then helped her sister figure each answer. Of the 25+ problems, the two of them only had one wrong answer.
We always tell the blond twin to slow down. She works harder at being done first then getting all the answers right. There's no doubt in my mind that if she took her time on the last standardized test she would be in Fast Track Math with her twin. She only missed the cut by 4 or 5 points.
Instead, I'm encouraging the girls to work together on the brunette twin's Fast Track Math homework. It helps the brunette twin build her confidence and it helps the blond twin sharpen her math skills. My secret motive is that when the blond twin does the work with her twin, she gains the same information she would if she was in the class. It's not a great plan, but sometimes you just have to work with what's available to make sure your children get the education they need.