I remember my report cards from back in the day; it was one piece of paper folded. That was it. There was information written on all four sides. We had sections for math, science, social studies, reading, gym, art and music . There were sub-sections for elaboration on said topics. The grades were (U, N, S, E) That meant unsatisfactory, needs improvement, satisfactory and excellent. We also had space on the back for comments. Where my teachers would sometimes write — I talk too much. My grades were good though. That was pretty much it.
It is so different these days. This is my first experience with the school thing. I went to my daughter’s parent-teacher conference today and I was given an 11 page report card; this is the second one so far. I am just surprised. My daughter is 5 and in kindergarten. When I first saw the report card, I thought, what are they writing on all these pages?
This is some of the things she should know before completing kindergarten:
- With support able to explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing — Really?
- Participates in shared research and writing projects — Research?
- With support identify the reason the author gives to support points in text — Break it down like that?
- Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way — Yea?
- Identify shapes and two-dimensional or three-dimensional — I thought they just needed to know the shape, lol.
- Understands the effects of the activity on the body, the risks associated with inactivity, and the basic components of health related fitness (cardio vascular, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and body composition) — I am dead serious!
- Can name words that begin with MOST Hebrew letters — She is learning Hebrew as a second language *LOVE THIS*
- Read and follow musical notation; song lyrics — They are just learning to read.
- Aurally identify repertoire and supporting detail — Excuse me? Can I even do this? LOL
This is a real list — I am not exaggerating. I listed things my daughter did not know. All of the things on the list have not been taught yet. She is actually doing exceptionally well. They have benchmarks and she has passed all of them. She knows more than she “has to” in every category that has been taught. Smart kid. If I could get her to stop talking and pay more attention, I will have achieved something great.
I am thinking, “are they really supposed to know all of this by the end of the year?” Yep. I am dying to see how much more she learns. I think it is great they are pushing the kids. I am just surprised how much they are “required” to know.
They start doing state tests in 3rd grade and I am nervous. I don’t remember ever being scared of those state tests and I never failed one. Now, they start telling us about the tests in kindergarten. I don’t know about other states, but this is how they do it in NYC. I always felt NYC pushed the kids further than other places. I moved to Long Island in Junior High School and I knew more than every single person in my class. I passed every test with flying colors and the teachers and the kids were getting tired of my ass in class. I kept answering all the questions and raising my hands all damn day. I had learned everything the year before. The teacher started skipping over me. They said “lets give the other students a chance to answer.” When the other kids didn’t know shit, they came back to me. They pretty much rolled their eyes at this Brooklyn girl. What ever. There were only like 2 or 3 black kids in the class; maybe 20 in the school. I was not about to look like a dummy — Sorry JACK.
They are using computers in her school too. I have actually been keeping my computers away from my children, lol. As much as I love it, I was kinda thinking, lets not rush. I have not bought them any video games either. I just don’t want them to be too hooked on electronics too soon. But, I realized that I may be putting her at a disadvantage. I had to jump on the bandwagon. She goes to the computer lab in school and they have sites. They have sent home the sites with the log-in information. I didn’t pay it much attention at first. I just didn’t want to do the computer thing. But, if all the other kids are doing it, I don’t want her to be behind. Plus, all the kids have their own “accounts” that include their books, math and spelling. I started to think, if the teacher is monitoring the kids that use the site, my child my seem like she doesn’t even own a computer. So, i am getting with the program.
Is this how it is in most places?
Does this seem like a lot?
I would love some thoughts.