Last week were the boys’ parent teacher conferences, where I also received their report cards. This mostly solidified what I already knew. Buzz is a great kid but has issues and we’re waiting on his evaluations to proceed to the next step that would be a better fit, and Jedi is incredibly smart. He’s on top in every subject and likes to participate in his 2nd grade class.
There is one problem, however.
In math, they have tests that must be completed to move on to the next level. These are timed. I think it’s 3 minutes to finish 42 problems. As his teacher remarked, he knows the answers. But the time aspect stresses him out.
It was the same last year. It’s all in his head, something that I believe he just needs to work past.
His teacher, however, suggested that we could look into getting an IEP (individual education plan). Instead of finding a solution to calm the stress the clock presents, we’d eliminate it entirely.
I realize his teacher was merely offering suggestions that might help, but I don’t see how this does. Maybe I’m being too hard on my son because I know what he can do and how he is. He’s an exaggerated, dramatic boy who’s beyond his years in intelligence. There are some kids that really need an IEP. Buzz is one of them. Then there are those like Jedi, who don’t. He has no issues that require special treatment. I’m more inclined to tell him to just get over it, because in my opinion, and in my heart, there is no need to let a perfectly capable child skirt the system. It may be beneficial to him for the immediate now, but it won’t be in the long run. It seems like a ridiculous idea to even consider.
Or is it? Am I wrong here?