It would appear daughter #2 would like me to lower or delete any and all expectations I have for her academically.
If a Tiger Mom pushes her children, she would like me to go in the exact opposite direction. So what would that make me? Kitten mom? Tiny rodent mom? Webkinz mom?
She brought home a letter from her teacher yesterday telling us she’d been placed in an advanced math class for next year. Fantastic news, right?!
She handed it to me with a smile on her face, seemingly so proud of herself. She’s struggled at times over the years, mostly because she lacks confidence in her abilities and has a bit of test anxiety. So yay!! Advanced math class based on her performance this year and placement testing! Wahoo!
Being the multi-tasking scanner that I am, I skipped right to the bottom of the page where I noticed a parent signature was required. As I grabbed a pen, she yelled “Wait! Mom, what box did you check?”
Box? Ok, maybe I should go back and actually read it.
Section with great news? Check
Section with guidelines/expectations for students placed in this class? Check
Box where I decline placement and opt for regular class? Wait, what?
It turns out we were given 2 options:
Option #1 – Yes, I would like my child to participate in the 7th grade advanced math class.
Option #2 – No, I would prefer my child be placed in Course 2, the regular 7th grade math curriculum.
Guess which one she wants? Guess which box we’re going to check?
If you guessed that they aren’t the same, you’d be correct.
Why would I do that? SG is a scientist at the university level and sees first hand how weak the math skills of the incoming students are. Hell, the math skills of some of the grad students aren’t much better.
THIS is the age to finely hone those skills and give her the base she needs later on. Like he soooooo often says, math is everywhere. We battled the principal with D3′s 2nd grade teacher to give her the opportunity to walk up a grade to math class each day. We’re currently trying to work out details of her doing middle school math the last year of elementary school.
D2 knows this. So why the heck would she think we’d say, “it’s ok honey, we’ll let you do math below your skill level”?
I’m thinking they’ll place her in a lower level logic course.
Despite the lapse in judgement, can I just say how proud we are of her? She’s come a long way from our shy little girl who wouldn’t speak up and cried every day of 1st grade.
We know she can do it and I think, she does too. It’s the convincing that’s going to take some work.