Friday, January 14, 2005

Our Public Education Experience

As our son approaches kindergarten, Mama Ellen has been digging into all the information she can get about our schooling options. I will say that the public school folks she has talked to have been helpful. But as Mama Ellen relates ...

"...the people have been very nice and have tried to be accommodating but no one seems to know what to do with a highly gifted child. I was told in not so many words, and I'm para-phrasing, schools receive money for special education but there is no real focus or fund allocation for extremely bright/gifted children. Essentially, it is felt that these children will pretty much be fine on their own. They'll figure things out."
We have been told by a couple of his (public school) ECFE teachers that we ought to look into private schooling or homeschooling, because the public schools won't be able to accomodate his needs.

And some people still wonder why school choice is gaining support.


Blogger Muzzy said...

Yeah, I know the feeling. My oldest daughter is in Kindergarten and was diagnosed at age 2 as being mildly autistic. She's been in therapy since, and has made great strides. She's also brilliant, taught herself to read at age 3, and today is reading at around a 6th or 7th grade level. She loves science and math, and even had me read the World Book article on the digestive system to her for a bedtime story the other night... Of course, she has an IEP that offers her tremendous services and benefits. But there is no Gifted Child program in her school until 4th grade. Sigh. We've tried to get her school to work some Gifted stuff into her IEP, and they are willing to help a little, but they have no funding for it. So, in the meantime, it's up to me to take her to the Bell Museum to learn about animals, and to the Mississippi Locks to learn how boats go up and down the waters, that sort of thing. I suppose she'll be ok. Good luck with your kid.

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