Too easy… August 15, 2013Posted by mareserinitatis in education, gifted, homeschooling, older son.
Tags: college, easy, gifted, high school, studying
The older son began his schoolwork for the year. We looked at what classes he needed to finish in order to get into college next fall, and we decided that he should probably take some high school classes via correspondence. (That’s the old-fashioned term…I guess they’re now all ‘online’ courses.) This afternoon, he sat down to get started on one of his social studies classes. After an hour, he had finished reading the first of 8 units and had done one of the three or four assignments for that unit.
“It just seems too easy,” he said.
“That,” I responded, “is what high school classes are like.” I hadn’t realized it before he said something, but except for math, all of the classes he’s done the past couple years have been college-level. I guess realizing that made me understand why it was such a jolt.
I imagine that it’s also a bit frustrating to have to go back and do work that seems overly simplistic, but he understands that this isn’t so much about him learning something as it is about jumping through the hoops in order to get into college. Given the classes he’s already completed, he knows he’s capable of doing college-level work, but the admissions counselors seemed doubtful.
Maybe I need to get him one of these to take the edge off: