Bubbleboy is Smart

I haven’t posted about my experience with the California primary education system in a while.  We might have just gotten used to it and things seem a bit more normal than they did 2 years ago.

We have, however, now encountered another “issue”.  It turns out Bubbleboy is a really smart little guy.  By that I mean by that is certifiably significantly above the average of his peers.   “I wish I had that problem, whiner” I hear you say thinking of struggling through homework with your child  and I realize that I am complaining about a desirable problem to have – but a problem none the less.

The California public educational system simply does not have money to deal with kids like Bubbleboy. The gifted program, once nicely named GATES, has been discontinued and what remaining resources are available for special training is going towards supporting those who can’t keep up with the goal to improve their performance so that the funds – based on achieving certain minimum levels in standardized testing – keep rolling in.  Smart kids don’t get in the way of that so no extra money gets spend on them.

But smart kids have other needs and issues that, when left unmet, create problems.  Some of the issues are social, e.g. Bubbleboy finds sports boring and does not play soccer with the rest of them – which does not make him popular with many of his sports-obsessed peers.  He tends not to be particularly patient in group work when he has figured stuff out and others haven’t – again, annoying but not surprising.

He also does not like math, although he is really good at it, because by and large it is to easy = too boring.  For the teacher the situation is not easy either, she tries to accommodate but without funds that is purely a labor of love.

What is truly mind-boggling, is that a State like California whose economy depends on smart people inventing cool stuff and selling it to the rest of the world – does not have money for gifted education.  Instead we build more prisons.  Makes sense how??

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