A friend of mine recently enrolled his 4th grader in his local public school (all identifying characteristics, including names and locations, are intentionally being left out). The boy had been home-schooled for the last year while participating in a travel adventure that most of us could only dream of having--but my friend and his wife decided "Dustin" needed to socialize more with kids his own age. They've stopped traveling for a year and enrolled Dustin in school, where he's excelling.
They recently had their first parent conference. The only "negative" was that "Dustin" always wants to be first. I had the same response as my friend did, "So?" But back to the story.
My friend is a certifiable genius, and through his and his wife's tutelage "Dustin" has become quite advanced in math (for a 4th grader). Their concern is that "Dustin" will not learn anything in math this year! I told him to ask the teacher what options existed for "Dustin"--could she at least have him go to a different class (say, a 5th grade class?) for math so that he can continue to progress?
Her answer was that she could not.
Huh? Are you freakin' kidding me? What kind of school is that?
I'm not suggesting the teacher should prepare separate lessons just for "Dustin" (although I've seen that requested before!); but is it so much to ask that he be taught at his own level? It's not like he needs to be in 5th grade, but he probably needs to be in 5th grade math. How could that be impossible???
My friends will continue to work with "Dustin" so that his math improves. What will happen in 5th grade? Will the school refuse to put him in 6th grade math?
We in education don't do ourselves any favors when we do absolutely stupid things like this.