Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

29 October 2007

Gifted School visit

Last week my partner in crime went to an Open House for Gifted School A. He's a mighty tough customer, so when the principal didn't introduce themselves off the bat, the school took a hit. In the end, he stayed way past the publicized end time to take in all the school had to offer.

The problem with gifted schools is that there aren't too many of them. This one is neither close to home or work. But in the end, I think it will be ok. The commute will change...Mostly that my partner won't be driving with us, but rather relying on the mess that is public trans in Chicago. Which next week is losing transit and authority.

OK, grumpy old lady moment...BUT when I was a kid, we had gifted programs integrated into our neighborhood schools. Are there that few gifted kids in Chicago that we need to house them in separate quarters? Are saving that much money? Are we pushing them that hard?

Now to visit the other 2 gifted/Classical schools on our preferred list so we can rank them on our daughter's application. Then we can mail it in, and then she can get tested.

Next up? Getting all the magnet school applications in order!

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3 comments:

*gets on soapbox*


Schools DID used to have gifted programs....called Gifted and Talented (GT) and some school still do...I think they are even federally mandated....I know that in Maine schools are "required to have them" but they are the first thing cut because there is ONE...yes ONE person who runs, evaluates, blah blah the ENTIRE state program.....

Why do we need "gifted" schools...it irks me...it irks me that public school kids are not given the same challenges that "gifted schools" are given when maybe they don't have the opportunity...or involved parents....or just don't plain do it...so we shove them in "public" regular schools...which I think can be damn good...and ARGH!!

:) This topic makes me want to be a politician :) for a second...

I know the above post seemed illiterate :) I think it might have been my passion that made me forget any sort of grammar or punctuation :) Or even sentence structure

No Child Left Behind has been a real detriment to the gifted student population. The schools have had to cut budgets and the gifted were left behind. Thankfully there are enrichment programs available like the Summer Institute for the Gifted (www.giftedstudy.com) that offer gifted kids the opportunties they deserve.