Wednesday my kids brought home their achievement test scores. I had been eagerly awaiting them, as it has always been patently obvious to me that my children are nothing short of genius...However it's always nice to have my theories confirmed by an outside party.
I looked through a certain child's bag to find her scores, and found a handful of papers in various pouches and pockets of her bag and zipper binder...
I perused her test scores, not at all surprised to see she scored advanced in most areas. However, I was surprised to peruse her schoolwork scores...
It seems this particular child is too intelligent to be bothered with showing math work. And too incredibly brilliant to go back and check her work. In fact she is so masterfully genius that she has a 74 average in math at this point. I know what her average is because I totalled her homework scores and then divided them by 9, the number of papers she had turned in so far.
Because applying math skills is handy that way.
I called her into the house where her father and I sat her down and discussed her schoolwork...
Side Note: I had to calm her father down before we chatted with her. You see, our schools were both on a seven point system, so 93-100 was an A, 85-92 a B, and 78-84 a C, with 70-77 a D, and below a 70 failing! I pointed out that this school grades on the ten point scale, so thankfully she has a "C" at this point and not a "D." Which was really a good thing, because I thought Studmuffin was going to stroke out when he thought his child had a "D."
"But did you see my test scores?" she asked.
"Yes, I saw your test scores. Achievement test scores don't get you scholarships in college!" At this time her sister walked in the room...
"How are you going to get money for college?" I asked the unsuspecting sister. Fortunately for her, she has listened to my oft drilled in answer.
"I have to make all A's and get scholarships."
"That's right! You have to get academic scholarships. You are both incredibly smart. There is no reason for you to not make straight A's. If you decide to be lazy and not make A's and therefore not get scholarships, you will STILL go to college, but you will go through on student loans. And then you will leave college with a mountain of debt to pay off." I am so loving and gentle, no?
The child with the questionable math grade looked at her father and I and said in all earnestness, "Well, I could also get a scholarship in archery!"
Well, after we picked our jaws up off of the floor, Studmuffin informed her that while that may be possible, there probably aren't a lot of archery scholarships out there, so she better get her act together and keep her grades up.