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Re: Challenging Advanced Student

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Collier Family (atla)
Sun, 11 Oct 1998 16:56:42 +0200

Hi All,

This thread has really got me thinking.( I am just blowing off steam,
delete if you wish)

I have two kids, a sixteen year old girl and fourteen year old boy. Both
are academically as well as artistically gefted. While this may soung a
good thing, the concurrent social and emotional stress that goes with
this, makes me understand why they acty up sometimes.

All through her junior school years, my daughter complained that she
never felt at ease in school. She never had a best friend or even a
close friend. Now in high school, it is a bit better. Her art teacher
allows her to do her own thing as much as is possible. As she likes
doing abstract sculptural pieces in fibre and wood, she constantly gets
remarks like " I suppose you just threw that together at the last
moment" and such like. Meamwhile she spends hours and hours "just
throwing things together". Her last piece took about 100 hours.
Comments loke that hurt, especially for a sensitive child.

My son deals with his problems by acting the clown and finding
acceptance that way. He has not encountered the barbs yet, or maybe he
has and just ignores them.

The only teacher that seems to understand the problems is the art
teacher. So, make of that what you will....

Thanks for letting me throw my toys out the cot.