zuihitsu

My grandson Davis is excellent in Math. He is not satisfied by being in the Talented and Gifted program where everything is so much more advanced than the regular classes.

He wants more.

I picked him up from school this afternoon, and asked him how his day was. He said it was good. Give it a number on a scale of 1 to 10, I said. Hmm, a 9, he replied. Why, I asked.

I just don’t like that we are constantly working on tests and making sure we are doing them right. We are not learning. I want to learn more and more and more.

He thinks all this advanced math, is too easy for him. He says he is bored. This constant running towards higher goals, may be well and good, but I wonder how far he can go in this pursuit of wanting to excel.

Small strokes of a painter’s brush mixing simple colors at first, finally complete a masterpiece. Should I tell him that? Will he have patience to hear me? Or will he continue to run instead of walking?

ZSA_MD NPM April 4th 2016.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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27 Responses to zuihitsu

  1. slmret says:

    Are there other alternatives? Could he take a math course at a local community college concurrent with his high school classes? It would be a shame to hold him back if there are other ways to satisfy his curiosity!

    • Zakiah says:

      This is exactly what I told Saadi. She teaches at a college, and was talking about this very good mathematics professor. Perhaps she can talk to him and see if he can take some tutorials from him. I felt so bad for him Janet. Saadi was also going to talk to his teacher at the school and see what had disturbed him so much. Later on this evening, when we all went out for dinner to celebrate Noah’s birthday, cut the cake etc, he was in a much better frame of mind. Tomorrow hopefully will be a good day.

  2. Wow he is so enthusiastic! It seems like he enjoys maths, without needing anyone to encourage him. Hope he gets to try even more advanced maths, just so he can feel satisfied.

  3. slmret says:

    He may legitimately not be challenged enough — that’s important to pay attention to, but a 9/10 day isn’t all that bad, either! I hope that perhaps something can be added to his schedule to challenge him and to keep him from being bored! I’m glad he felt better by dinnertime!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. He just is such a perfectionist. Sometimes he pushes himself too hard. Saadi has said that she will get one of the PhD guys at her college to work one on one with him. He had a good day at school today he said.

  4. FromtheChurchoftheToastedCoconutDoughnut says:

    Wonderful- I hope there is something the school can do to keep him feeling enriched. Maybe an independent study?

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, Saadi is trying to get an independent tutorial system going for him Leah. She has already talked to the teacher at the TAG program and we think things will be better. Saadi used to be just like that. When she was in 7th grade in Junior High, she was bussed to Senior High for a couple of classes. She was only twelve at that time. So until she turned 17 when she graduated, she saw many of her classmates graduate from the senior high, and so sad, when she was truly a senior, she was bored stiff with school! Poor kid.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Glad he is good in math. BIL struggles in it

  6. Aw. I’m SO glad Davis had you there to hear his words and emotions, and talk to with him.
    What grade in school is he in this year?
    (Someone told me years before my kids were born that kids are most talkative right after school. If you pick them up from school, or they walk home, and someone says (right away), “How was your day today?” they will respond honestly and with detail. But, if it’s hours before anyone asks them that question, some are likely to just say, “Fine.” or “It was okay.” So, I ‘m glad you were there with him. 🙂 )
    Davis has great support in his parents, and you…so I bet he will be just fine no matter what happens. But, I hope the teachers and the school are willing to give him some challenges and let him move on ahead. If not, some day he will be in a higher grade in school where he will get more opportunities.
    My kids were in Gifted/Talented programs in elementary school and in AP classes in junior high and high school and college…sometimes they were challenged and sometimes not. It depended on the teacher/prof.
    A friend of mine who taught in the gifted program for years always pushed for the gifted kids to get the enriched, sometimes individualized, curriculum they needed. Sadly, it was often about $ and so little got done.
    I wish Davis well! He is a VERY gifted young man and will do well in the world! 🙂
    I love your questions at the end of this post. Yes, all of us (not just kids) do need to learn that there are times in life when we have to walk even if we are Olympic-runners. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…sorry my comments were soooooooooooooo l-o-n-g!

    • Zakiah says:

      I love long comments, and getting one from you is such a treat! Davis is a very gifted kid. Hopefully he will get an individualized curriculum soon. My only fear is, that he will breeze through that, and get bored with that too! ;(
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment! ❤

      • An independent study, or tutor/mentor, etc., might be what he needs. Or a challenge of a different sort…does he do any musical instrument, sport, drama…etc. ? Maybe that would bring some fulfillment and challenge to his life that he’d enjoy. My kids got involved in extracurricular activities that helped them when they weren’t being challenged in the classroom.
        Best wishes and prayers for Davis! 🙂

  7. r_hsw says:

    i think what he wants is something else that is different from what he has always been given or told to do. i think he needs some freedom in exploration. maybe the way the class is taught needs an update. or he simply just needs to be away from math for a bit and explore something different, and then come back to math with a refreshed mind.

  8. Is he bored because he’s not being challenged, or is it because the curriculum just isn’t engaging? Taking test after test is mind-numbing and I can see why he’s so dissatisfied.

    • Zakiah says:

      I think that’s just it. Too much of preparing test sheets! He is challenged and wants to learn new things instead of repeating test after test.

  9. I hope his parents will give him chance to achieve his capacities in maths.
    he want to explore more and more the mathematics that are a field without end leading to a wall then another etc ..; This is vertiginous ..
    Love ❤
    Michel

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you dear Michel. Saadia is taking care of it. I know some professors at the local University whom I am going to approach also. Best regards. ❤

  10. theinfiniterally says:

    It is a wonderful blessing to have a passion! He is a brilliant young man. I hope he finds a way to scratch that itch!

  11. I hope he can find some extra classes somewhere that will challenge him. Now, while he is wanting to learn is a great time for him to do so. We are way to focused on tests here in the U.S. and teaching tests rather than teaching children. It sounds like your sweet grandson just wants to learn more. Good for him. I know you are proud.

    • Zakiah says:

      That is so true about Davis. I think his brain is like a sponge. Just absorbs every thing. I am so glad he was able to talk to us and tell us how he feels. We are certainly going to do the best for him.
      I hope every thing in your home is fine and there is good news Elizabeth.

  12. I love his hunger and share his frustration with the stupid testing. No child ever looks back and remembers what an impact testing had on his life.

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