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    #84564 - 09/08/10 01:28 PM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    Oh no mon!

    Can you email the teacher and the principal and tell her what dd told you?

    It sounds like after last year you feel like you have Advocated as hard as you could - but do you want to recap what happened and see if we can't think of something to try next?

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    #84568 - 09/08/10 02:46 PM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    That's so sad, MON! I definitely would e-mail the teacher about this. She clearly has a very high EQ, in addition to all her other abilities, but it's such a shame that she's having to use it to not just fit in socially but academically as well.

    Am I remembering your previous posts correctly that her school just has no interest in acceleration at all? Do you have other schooling options you're considering, or do you feel like she needs to remain in this school?
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    #84577 - 09/08/10 06:44 PM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    Good for her! Did she tell the teacher about what happened and therefore got the chance to improve her answers, or did everyone get a chance to fix things? Either way, yay that the teacher will get to see what she can really do!
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    #84581 - 09/08/10 07:31 PM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    Originally Posted By: master of none
    Good news! She had a chance to go back and complete the test and she took the opportunity to "improve" her answers.
    Yippee! That's wonderful!
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    #84845 - 09/12/10 12:55 AM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    I just hope the teacher takes this on board, sees and argues for what your child requires, and the school is receptive and sensitive to your child's needs.

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    #87970 - 10/25/10 06:48 AM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    Originally Posted By: master of none
    On another note, the social studies teacher- who didn't have a say, but was against the idea of skipping since the 5th graders are so much more mature, has assigned dd a report on genital mutilation. DD said they did not get to choose, but instead had them assigned. And she said she would rather have had a report on the oil spill or flooding or the cholera outbreak. While I'm tempted to complain, I think I'll just support dd to understand the issue fully so she can write a decent report. Seriously, is it even an appropriate topic for any fifth grader?


    NO! If my dd was 5th grade age, we might talk about it at home, but not for a report at school.
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    #87971 - 10/25/10 06:48 AM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    Originally Posted By: master of none

    Seriously, is it even an appropriate topic for any fifth grader? Not for 10 year old DS for sure- glad HE didn't get the topic (he got rainforest).


    I would say that isn't an approriate topic until high school !!

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    #87977 - 10/25/10 07:39 AM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    That is awful!!! I would hate to think that teacher can be so calculating but I have to wonder. It really puts you in a tough spot. If you complain about the topic choice than you are 'proving' the teacher right. Grrrrr. I really feel for you. I have to play the 'If I was in your shoes game' and I fully agree with you. You really can't complain, but I would hold on to the topic and get ready for the next round. If the teacher continues in this pattern I would definitely talk to the principal.

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    #87978 - 10/25/10 08:23 AM Re: Dumming down to fit in. [Re: master of none]
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    Originally Posted By: master of none
    On another note, the social studies teacher- who didn't have a say, but was against the idea of skipping since the 5th graders are so much more mature, has assigned dd a report on genital mutilation. DD said they did not get to choose, but instead had them assigned. And she said she would rather have had a report on the oil spill or flooding or the cholera outbreak. While I'm tempted to complain, I think I'll just support dd to understand the issue fully so she can write a decent report.


    MoN, once again you impress me. I'd be hard-pressed to see past being upset about the topic but you know your DD well and have found a way to make this into a bigger learning opportunity for her. I agree with PPs that this is REALLY not an appropriate topic to assign to 5th graders. I hope that this is not the sign of more to come from this teacher. Best of luck!

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