October 15, 2012
LOWER EDUCATION BUBBLE: Exam schools.
When my kids were going through K-12, I found “gifted” meant mostly “will do what the teacher wants.” Real gifted kids, with the scores to prove it, were more often than not treated as “behavior problems” even if perfectly respectful and controlled. I’m not surprised “exam schools” are showing up to meet the need, but my bet is they too will get watered down, because let’s face it, if you cater to the top 2% your client base won’t be very large and not all of those people can afford expensive private schools. (In my experience, in fact, most of the poorer parents took at its face value the teacher’s assessment that their kid was a “bad seed.”) There has to be a better way to educate our young in the age of computers.