I have a 12yo daughter, light of my life, apple of my eye, all that. Sophia is very bright, chatty, well-adjusted, well-liked, moral, and has no problem engaging anybody in conversation… all in all, a helluva person.
Her mother and I have always insisted that Sophia’s “job” is her education, and we both have worked closely with her over the years so she can get the most out of it. And Sophia is a good student, one that will actually turn off the TV to do her homework*.
And it’s working. She took a series of tests over the past month which gives grade equivalent scores and while I don’t remember all of them, she is scoring about 3 grades above her level in math, science, and grammar.
Her reading equivalency score came in and she scored a 12.4! I.e, she is reading at a 12th-grade equivalency in the 6th grade.
Now, in the 6th grade I scored about the same - 12th grade equivalency, both in comprehension and grammar (I think about that last), so I know it’s not impossible. OTOH, unlike my daughter, I read all the time starting from about the age of 2. By the time I was in the sixth grade, the number of novels that I have read was in the hundreds (Progress went like this: First word, age 2. First book, age 3. First “adult” book (A Night To Remember), age 6. First novel, age 7.)
But I have difficulty believing her score, for the simple fact that regardless of her attainments in other classes, the child doesn’t care to read, doesn’t do it of her own will, and it’s always a struggle with her to get her to just read. She has had no difficulty with reading… she doesn’t just like to. I doubt she has 1/100th of the time spent reading that I had at her age.
Some people have mentioned that maybe Sophia has a special “talent”, and hell, they might even be right, but talent has to be worked, it’s not just something that you can turn on like a switch and expect superior results. (Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. What most people don’t know is that MJ was one of the hardest working players of all time, a guy who constantly practiced at improving his craft even when he was the best in the world. He wasn’t good because he was talented, he was good because he was talented and worked his ass off.)
Regardless, while I’m happy for Sophia I’m still a bit perplexed as to how she achieved this score. (Not that I’m telling her this, of course!) I don’t even know if I have a question other than “How the hell did this happen”?
So… (and this is why I specified educators in the title)… is it likely that a child who doesn’t like to read scores that high on a reading skills test, almost double her school-years? Is it unknown? Uncommon? More common than I think?
Hell, I don’t even know why this concerns me, but it does. I should just be happy for her and bragging about my smart daughter… but there’s something not right here (Either her score, or my expectations. What am I missing here?)
*Sometimes. The child is still 12, of course.