There’s a long-term study on education that one of my daughters is part of.
They track A from preschool all the way through high school graduation. I originally applied because they were creating a kind of charter school and there was a lottery to get in. At the time I was paying a LOT of money for A to go to preschool and was all about getting her a more financially-friendly alternative – add that to being part of a well-funded study and I thought, “I’d love for her to get in there!”
She didn’t get into the school.
I didn’t get into the parent program.
We did, however, become part of the control group.
I go in occasionally and take tests and participate in risk-assessment stuff. A has an appointment today to go in to monitor her academic progress. She was well ahead of the curve in the original assessment so who knows where she’ll be now.
I said to my husband, “Babe – I’m sad because if she were in that new school she’d be doing amazing.” He said, “She’s going to do amazing anyway – wouldn’t you rather she be measured as the baseline?”
Good point, smart husband of mine, good point. I don’t want to give her excellence away to someone else. I want all the credit for my average-number-of-books-babysat-by-television-but-amazing-nonetheless child.
They can’t claim one ounce of her excellence.
Go Team Family!!
Even better? She got into the well-funded difficult-to-get-into free preschool program funded by a grant through our very own school district. So she gets to receive high-quality preschool education AND be in the school she’s going to be in next year already. She’ll be familiar with the hallways, the gym, and the art room.
I wonder if the charter school has a dedicated art teacher like our public school?
I should ask.
You know I’m terrified I’m going to get kicked out of the study for knowing too much about it. But I’m a person that does my research, what can I do? The minute I got the flier I started my Internet search and have searched occasionally since.
So high-five to all my control-group friends out there – at least it’s not a placebo!