Parents report inability to advocate for child, little control over child’s academic fate
By Gwen Davis
Eight-year-old Michael enjoys creaming his uncle at chess. In fact, he and his uncle have played so much chess that Michael can set up his Lego figures on the kitchen counter to recreate a real chess scene from one of their previous games. “This is the bishop, and this is the queen,” he says to his mom, Renee LaCoste, and he points to each Lego figure. Michael actually wanted to play me, but I was lucky enough to slip out the house before such an interaction could occur. Don’t get me wrong, I’m confident with my chess abilities, but I don’t relish the thought of losing to someone who is 20 years younger than me.
Michael has light sandy hair, blue eyes and is very articulate. He read the first two Harry Potter books when he was in first grade. He’s memorized every nearly fact from all the characters in Star Wars. Plus, he helped his mom make excellent glutton-free cookies, warm and soft with coconut and cranberries.
This kid, compared to other third-graders, would seem that he’s at the top of the pack.More ›