Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Trouble With School Is, They Always Try To Teach...

Sometime in January, I posted about a test Emma took to see if she would qualify and be accepted into the Spectrum Program in our school district, an accelerated program put on by the school district.

We received the results yesterday and she has been accepted. Now comes the fun part, you know, the part that you have to ask yourself as a parent, 'what is the best thing for my child'.

You see, the decision would have been easy had she not been accepted. But now we have to make a choice. There are pros and cons for putting her in, though I admit, I think the pros outweigh the cons. A well rounded, accelerated education, where statistics say that 95% of the students in the program supposedly get full scholarships to colleges. I am not sure of the statistics of scholarships offered to those not in the program, and though it happens all over the place, it is nowhere near 95% of students. That's a big boon in the fight against raising tuition at colleges everywhere.

She is on the fence. On one hand she wants to have a new experience at a different school. She has seen what Dallin has done and thinks that would be fun and exciting. However, she doesn't want to leave her friends, or rather, her best friend (who also tried to get into the program, but unfortunately for us and Emma, was put on the waiting list - it would have made Emma's decision easy had her friends made it.)

An education is important. But so is the social education that comes with having and being with good friends. We have a week to decide whether we accept the offer or not. As Emma is her own character, we will work with her in deciding her educational fate.

But when all is said and done it is mom and dad that will get the blame if a wrong choice is made at this early stage of the game.

So - hope that we make the right one!



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