Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Update: When Discrimination Comes to the Awards Ceremony

The excuse is that he did not have the "highest GPA" in the class, that several students had "higher GPAs." In other words, several students had higher raw scores on homework and classwork. I can only assume a few things in this:

1. The award is based solely on raw scores, not on the level of work being completed. Joey was often doing higher level assignments or extra work, often on the 5th grade level, for a greater part of the week of each lesson.

2. There is a limited number of awards permitted per class. Hence, the reliance on #1.

In other words, by ensuring he was challenged in class, we put him at disadvantage to be recognized for those efforts. It is a common enough discrimination displayed towards students with gifts, and one that results in the spiral down to mediocrity and the lowest denominator.

My plan is to simply skip the ceremony and keep Joey with me, when we will be vociferously celebrating his accomplishments in math in a way that makes it clear how proud we are of his strengths and perseverance. The school has failed to address his safety in crowds, or when he is frustrated or disappointed to an overwhelming degree. We simply cannot take the chance of having him realize that he is again to be ignored, and have him run out the door. I also think Joey deserves to be recognized by his school as intelligent, an asset in the classroom. If the school itself refuses to do this, then I will be sure he understands it himself: that he has value, that he has strength, and that he is much loved.

I believe this is a far better lesson than the alternative.


farmwifetwo said...

Grumble, grumble.

Keep him home and have a heck of a party.

I'd like to say I'm surprised... but I'm not. I suspect it was a polite way of proving they weren't discriminatory, yet they were.

little.birdy said...

Joey, you are the smartest math person ever. You are already better at math than I am, and I know this because I still have to think about basic addition and sometimes use a calculator for it. I am so glad to hear about all the math you have learned, and I hope you are proud of yourself like everyone who hears about you is proud of you!