Rory of Parentalcation has moved to Alaska and decided not to have his son tested for the gifted program at his new school. He thinks it’s a waste of time.
His experience last year in South Carolina was a waste of time. He colored more posters in his gifted class than he did in art class.
Only one Anchorage elementary school offers acceleration; the rest provide “enrichment opportunities that incorporates (sic) universal themes with classroom learning in alignment with the district’s standards and goals.” Rory sees enrichment as a way to make sure the smart kids don’t get too far ahead.
His son’s first assignment was to make a fire prevention poster.
A commenter suggests a “just say no” response to “crazy crayola projects.”
I put a post-it note on the assignment with a note that kindly says “I’m so sorry, but (child’s name) won’t be completing this project. Instead, he/she will (insert age-appropriate assignment here, like writing a short paragraph on fire prevention, for example). If you would like to discuss this issue, don’t hesitate to call me. Thanks!” Then I call other parents in the class and ask them to do the same thing.
Apparently, the Crayola curriculum is annoying a lot of parents.