Sitting in Michael's Lap
Just got the word on some tests my 6-year-old daughter took at school for entrance in the Gifted program there.
She scored exceedingly high in every area but two -- the teacher's recommendation, and the test for creativity.
This is a child who became so bored with assignments she was getting in class (which she finished in minutes, WELL ahead of the rest of the students) that she took out her box of crayons, and using her fingernail, carved tiny shavings off the end, then proceeded to glue them to an obliging paper towel in the shape of a very convincing, if somewhat psychedelic, flower.
But she's not creative. Nope.
Scatterbrained, willful, yes. The issue with the teacher's recommendation thing stems from an incident in kindergarten which labeled her a "problem child." During free time one day, an older child from another class that had been giving her a bit of grief decided to throw an eraser at her, which hit her in the eye. Kahlan, not being one to sit quietly by, walked up to this child, balled her hand into a fist, shoved it up in his face and said "If you do that again, I'll kill you."
Fair enough that this happened pretty soon after the whole Columbine shooting thing, but she was 5 years old for heaven's sake. Did they really think she was going to follow through?? She was suspended from school for a day, which completely mortified her (she loves school).
So, being the only child in the history of mankind to get suspended from kindergarten, my child has the dubious honor of carrying skeletons in her academic closet at the tender age of 6. Yes, she's bored in class -- no wonder, when she reads at a 3-4th grade level reliably, and considerably higher when her attention span allows. No wonder, when she has ALL her times tables memorized, while the other children are still struggling with the 6's ...
So yes, I am pissed at her school in general, and am constantly amazed at these peoples' ability to hold a grudge against a 6-year-old girl. Nonetheless, back to the main point ...
Out of 100, my daughter scored 95 or above on every other section of the test, including 3 straight up 100s. On creativity, she got a 10.
First off, how do you make a reliable test for creativity? Isn't it a highly subjective, and therefore difficult to measure, quality? I've never met any two creative persons in my life whose minds worked the same way (or even markedly similar ways), so WHO are these people to tell my daughter, or anyone's daughter for that matter, that they simply aren't "creative" enough??? I'm amazed that the poor child was able to keep her mind on the testing in the first place, since it took the better part of 2 days.
Something makes me think that Kahlan is better off not partaking in these classes if the people running them think creativity can be measured by standardized tests, but I am seriously considering having her tested elsewhere by a more impartial judge. It breaks my heart when she asks why she hasn't started her "special classes" that they touted so much to her when they were trying to persuade me to have her tested. Before I even try to explain that her teachers and administrators don't have the faintest idea what they are talking about, I'd like a second opinion to back me up ...
Now, I took these "gifted" tests a long time ago and did well on them also, but I don't remember what they were like (I was in second grade). Does anyone who has practical experience in this area want to explain to me how creativity can be measured quantitatively?