Sunday, January 26, 2014

An I told you so moment

Last year we really questioned why the blond twin wasn't in the advanced math. She's clearly more confident with math than the brunette twin. They can both do the work, but the brunette twin is much more hesitant about new concepts. The blond twin loves a challenge so the new concepts were exciting to her.

A couple of days ago we were sitting at dinner when the blond twin said, "There's this math competition coming up soon and Mrs. D. asked if I'd like to do it. She hasn't picked everyone yet, but she's thinking about putting me on the team."

We were very excited for her. Last year we told everyone who would listen that they had the wrong twin in Fast Track math. We told them all that the blond twin should be in the class. They all told us she didn't have the test scores and wouldn't be able to keep up. A mere six months later the math teacher is considering the blond twin for the school math team.

I have to admit that as the blond twin told us about her potential spot on the math team my petty, little brain screamed, "We told you so." Schools are so dependent upon test scores that they never consider a child's actual skill. They simply defer to the numbers as if all a child is can be quantified through a standardized test.

They never think that a child might have had a bad testing day or maybe she might need some test taking skills. When we saw the blond twin's scores we immediately knew the problem. We worked with her to spend more time on her tests. She thought it was important to be done first. We worked with her to spend more time getting the right answer rather than worrying about being done first. She slowed down and her scores spiked to showcase her abilities.

Of course, I'm not going to look at her math teacher and say, "I told you the blond twin should be in your class. I told you she'd be one of your top students if you gave her a chance. I told you she was smarter than nearly every other kid in that class."

It would be petty and childish. I'm not interested in becoming a problem parent at this point. Besides, the Fast Track math teacher already knows we were right. I don't need to remind her.

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