Last week, my 8 year old daughter spent 6 hours taking tests.
In the summer.
Because she is special.
Or at least that was her response when I told her she was going to do some achievement tests.
Yes, her self esteem is doing well. Thank you.
I explained that we were allowing the gifted and talented testing to help eliminate boredom and excessive talking in the classroom.
When I picked her up the second day, she told me all about another student she met.
“Mom, she is so smart. And so are her parents. Her Dad is working on a medication to cure diabetes, right now. And her Mom is on the research team with him and she’s testing the medicine on lab rats!” she explained excitedly.
“Wow,” I said and I will admit I felt rather ignorant. I mean, the smartest thing I’d done all day was keep my toddler’s reaching hand out of her poop diaper.
Because yesterday she was quicker than me.
And so, baiting my smarty-pants daughter, I said, “Well, that is awesome. I guess most of the kids who tested with you have really smart parents. Right?”
She thought about that a minute and I could almost hear her brain working.
“I guess you’re right. I must get it from Dad.”