Ellie has always been ahead of the game with academics but we have never pushed her to perfect her understanding. We have just focused on cultivating her love for learning.
Unlike another girl in her class, Ellie has never had private tutoring and yet is always pulled out into the higher level groups.
So recently askew tested for the Gifted and Talented program. We got the results today. Without knowing any details around what this means (a letter is being sent home tomorrow) we were told that she didn't qualify as gifted but she did score high enough to be put on the "watch list," whatever that means.
Our initial thought was about how we have failed Ellie. No doubt she could have past that test if we focused a little on pushing her. Have we failed her in not giving her more opportunity through external lessons?
Or is it ok for kids be kids? This likely won't scar her for life. Isn't it interesting how easy it is to feel into the trap of making everything into a competition for labels?