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The Annual A.R.D Meeting (October 10, 2007 - 7:17 a.m.)

This morning, we have an ARD meeting at Stephanie's school. This is one of those meetings where we meet with the assistant principle of her grade along with any of her teachers who can be present, and any other staff that might be pertinent.

We have at least one of these per year. The purpose of the meeting (at the moment I can't remember what "ARD" means)(Aha! Admission, Review, and Dismissal) is to make decisions about Stephanie's education needs. For example, this year, she is determined that she wants to go into "regular" math. She seems very convinced that she can do this. We don't think it's a good idea. She is currently doing math at about a 5th grade level. She is in 8th grade.

The thing is, her math "resource" teacher seems to be pushing this. I'm going to want to find out if this is because the teacher really thinks Steph can do it, or because there is pressure from the district to move them into mainstream classes. It better not be the latter.

Anyway, it should be interesting. Steph got her progress report yesterday. She is passing everything, and somehow, she is making a 98 in science! Methinks Mrs. Bridges is being a bit too nice to her. Maybe not. I know Stephanie does like science.

While I'm talking about education, I wish that everyone who reads this would call their US senators and representatives and urge them to strike down Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program. This has damaged our education systems more than anything that has ever been done, I believe. "No Child Left Behind" really means "No Child Moves Forward." The result of this program is that the kids who are really smart and can get ahead get to sit in a corner and entertain themselves. We all get a mediocre education while we wait for the slow kids. It's ridiculous. Plus, there is absolutely NO constitutional provision for the federal government to have its hands in the education of our children. It's none of their business. This is a STATE matter.

And in reality, it should be a parental matter, but sadly, there are just too many sorry parents who just don't care what happens.

For crying out loud, the federal government can't even manage itself. What makes anyone think they can do a good job with the educational system??

*hops off soap box*

Ahem. Sorry about that. Just a little rant.

Anyway, wish us luck and give us prayers as we attend this meeting. We have to look ahead to high school for next year, and at this point, we don't even know which school Steph will be in because they are talking about rearranging the boundaries.

TTFN y'all!

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