Through his eyes.

January 17, 2008 at 11:22 pm 3 comments

     C thinks outside the box, no doubt about it. Once, on a speech therapy test, he was asked to group two of the following three items: an apple, a banana, and a car. He correctly grouped the apple and the banana, gaining him a point, but when asked why he grouped those two, he said “Because red and yellow make orange.” Needless to say, he lost a point for the answer that just didn’t fit into what was expected on this standardized test.

     It’s hard to argue with that logic, however. He is absolutely correct in his answer. It’s both very clever and heartbreaking at the same time. I applaud his creativity, but in the very same breath worry that the mainstream world won’t always appreciate his thought process (and should I even care about that?). I don’t want his charm and uniqueness educated right out of him, but I fear that’s exactly what will happen. And worse, I feel powerless to stop it.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. t  |  January 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    How incredibly stupid that a 6-year-old could lose a point on a test for saying something like that. Makes me sick.

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  • 2. wilddaisy33  |  January 18, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    True…the joy of standardized testing, no? It’s what is starting to worry me about education in general – can you say homeschool? Goodness, that’s what I need…

    Reply
  • 3. Jesch  |  January 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    You should totally read that book…

    Reply

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