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Evan's MAT scores...
I'm on my lunch break at work, so this is a quickie.

I got some really good news this afternoon right before leaving for work. Evan's Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT) scores are in. He did very well. These are the percentile rankings. Look!

Total Reading - 99%
Total Mathematics - 98%
Language - 83%
Spelling - 99%
Science - 99%
Social Studies - 92%

Basic Battery - 97%
Complete Battery - 97%

I am really excited about this and proud of him! I want to say, "Go get em, tiger!"

I am really scared about this. I want to say, "Whoa, slow down a tad, son!"

Of course, I would never choose the latter, and even if I did, it wouldn't work. He learns the things he wants to learn, when he wants to learn them. But, I really am starting to feel like he's wasting his time at school. Not that I want to home school him or send him into some accelerated program where he graduates high school several years early. I don't think it's beneficial to children to be in classes with much older kids. But, seriously, I believe he could attend school half the time and still make straight A's. Every other day, or half days or something. In other words, if we did home school him, where it is one-on-one, I'm confident we could accomplish in two to three hours of learning what they do in seven.

But then, that means we, the parents, have to make his education a part of our every day responsibilities. Is it wrong to say we don't savor that thought? I'm not sure what to do because it feels wrong to leave him in classes where he is not very well challenged. He makes all A's except for this last quarter, his conduct grade is 0.97% below an A. I think he's so bored he's getting twitchy! I always tell him that the most important grade is the one for behavior. He gets disciplined at home regularly for acts of defiance, disrespect, or disobedience here and at school. So, he acts up because he can't stand to be still and quiet any longer. That's what I think.

So. More later on other topics. I have to be getting back to work, but I just needed to post these awesome scores!
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mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: June 2nd, 2004 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Sounds like you have one smart cookie on yoru hands. But don't worry about the time he is not learning in school, remember that socialization and people skills are developed through interaction with others. So while he may be picking up the subjects at hand in a relitively short period of time, he still gets to spend time building relationships with those around him.

Just food for thought.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 2nd, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. This is the main reason I don't want to see him advanced, even if he was eligible. It seems like kids who get advanced to older peer groups like that a) get picked on for being a "freak", b) develop into "geeks" who don't associate effectively with other people, c) often end up "freaks" who have a head full of smarts, but are so bizarre socially, they are loners, whose only friend is their "work."

Instead, what I think I need to be doing is helping him develop his physical coordination and knowledge of sports. You know, as guys, it doesn't seem to matter how smart you are, if you throw like a girl! I think it would be a real confidence booster if he was more physically capable, but he shows very little interest in that area. We are going to work on that, though, as long as he is willing to do things like play catch and shoot some hoops, etc.
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