Quantum Tourist: Anthracite: My soon to be 6 yr old starts Kindergarten this fall. I was informed at his IEP meeting that they have a new goal of being able to read, spell and write 40 words. They addred the write part this year and the kindergarten teacher is not amused with this. They are also supposed to be able to write a 3 sentence paragraph and write a picture to go along with it. Looks like ill have another kid to homeschool after next year. Sotime the do better when its slowed up and given more time. But my little guy can't even write his name very well right now. Took them 6 months to get him to make an X properly. Yet this is what hew is supposed to do in the next 9 months after he returns from school. riiiiight.I'm thinking home schooling might not be the way to go.
Johnny Football Star: To me it sounds like you're treating childhood as a race to complete, rather than something that could be enjoyable. What is the real benefit to the child of graduating at 17 instead of 18? Starting college 12 months earlier? Getting a job 12 months earlier? Having one more year of life spent on your career vs spent in childhood? By themselves, are those things really good? It's not as though by graduating from high school or college a year sooner the child won't have to compete to be successful at the next level - they'll simply have to compete a year sooner. It is really better to give a person one less year of what we would normally consider childhood, and is that year really a waste?
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