My daughter is starting 6th grade. She is attending a magnate school for gifted kids, run by our city public schools. Along with 199 other of the brightest and best of our city’s 6th graders, all of whom have tested gifted, she will be working and socializing.
It’s a great opportunity for her in two respects:
- She will have to work. She won’t be the smartest one in the class, and if she wants to compete, she will need to work.
- The awkward middle school years will pass with her peers. It is hard to be singled out for being brainy when you’re in a school with hundreds of kids who are also top-notch brainy.
She is looking forward to it.
But after the parent orientation, I am mildly freaking out.
You see, in 6th grade, they are required to take Latin. I don’t have a problem with that. The problem I have is that it is the Latin I offered at the high school. She will be taking a high school course for high school credit.
It’s not that I don’t think she can do the work; I know she can.
I’m freaking out because I am not ready for my baby to go to high school.
I have three years to get used to the idea, so I guess I better start now.
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