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Carol Bainbridge

Is Your Child's Straight A's a Sign of Trouble?

By January 8, 2013

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What?  How on Earth can straight A's possible indicate that a child is having trouble?  Isn't that the goal all parents want their children to reach?  What are we supposed to have our children work for?  Straight C's?

Of course we want our child to excel in school, but that means we want him to learn and to be challenged, to understand the value of persistence and hard work. For some gifted kids, though, straight A's don't mean that they are doing anything more than meeting the requirements for an A.

The question we want to ask is whether our child is working to get those A's or just sailing though assignments and acing tests without so much as cracking open a book. Does it matter?  Yes, it does. If your child doesn't have to put forth any effort in school, those straight A's can indeed be a sign of trouble.
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January 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(1) Jason Hill says:

I never made it past my sophomore year in high school. Now with only five courses left to take until I complete my master’s, I find myself reflecting on my troubles in high school. I scored off the charts in many subjects, yet I was never given the opportunity to apply myself. I moved from one foster home to the next and by the end of my sophmore year I had been to eight different schools. The last school I attended informed me that my transcripts had been lost and there were no records of prior attendance or high school credits. They suggested I take my GED rather than start from scratch. I did abd scored in the top 2% in the state. My point is, thst your point about grades and effort are important an can be an indication that the coursework is not challenging. We need to foster talent and push youth to achieve their full potential.

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