I'm finding myself in a position where I'm wondering if I can leverage the district's fear of being sued to try to get them to put together a more academically focused class for my son.
He's hitting the second grade wall (I spoke with a mom yesterday who pulled her kid out and is sending him to Eagle Hill in Greenwich, where he's now thriving, and she said second grade is when it really starts)--absurdly high demands for executive function are being pushed ever higher and higher (pick out your own book, monitor your own reading for 30-40 minutes, remember whatever little reading activity of the day you're supposed to apply to what you read), and focused academic instruction is plummeting ever lower.
They are talking about the possibility of putting my above average IQ kid in a segregated special education class.
I'm starting to wonder if the threat of being sued to pay for an out-of-district placement might motivate my school system to do something more creative.
Two years running, now, the principal of our K-3 school has told the school board that her goal is to 'create a safe environment where children can take risks.'
She's talking about 5 year olds.
That's her goal.
Constructivism means transferring responsibility from the grown-ups to the children.