Yup. That's the latest at House O' Samurai. Got a call last Thursday telling me that a school shrink who'd never met my kid (really) had looked at a two-page report and decided she's not smart enough (yeah, really) to go to school this year. Even though she'd scored in the ninety-sixth percentile for language (really), and scored above average on everything else, her scores still weren't high enough to go to school at age five. Really.
Now, I know how the state laws are written. I know how the evaluation guidelines are written. I still think it's total bullshit. I've had people quoting state law at me all weekend. Don't care. In one breath people tell me the kid needs 'classroom experience' with a 'peer group', and in the next breath they tell me she's not ready for kindergarten. Sure, she's not ready for a PhD in particle physics, but I THOUGHT KINDERGARTEN WAS FOR LEARNING CLASSROOM SKILLS. But no, professional teachers tell me. That's what preschool is for. Bullshit. They're pushing the skills back and making it the problem of preschool so they can keep their precious test scores intact. That's what it's about.
As for the family, well, they're giving me all kinds of contradictory crap, too. Everyone seems to have been in a hallucinatory state for the last eighteen months, because they don't seem to remember us moving four times across three states. Next time someone tells me the Goob needs more class time with a peer group, I'm going to say "No shit, Sherlock. You think?" Maybe that will shut them up.
I'm ranting. Obviously still just a bit tweaked about this.
Anyway. Enrolled the kid in Pennsylvania's Cyber School, which is a division of the Department of Education and I can transfer her to 'real' public school next year. If I decide to send her then. After this, I don't know. For the freaking peer group class shit, we're looking into martial arts and/or dance lessons. That ought to do it.
In the mean time, if you hear the sound of teeth grinding from the direction of Pittsburgh, it's just me, wanting to kill someone.