Originally posted by lellomackin
When I was in High School, my parents sent me for an "evaluation" because they felt I was underperforming. I would do well on tests, but refused to
do homework as I found it redundant if I could pass the test.
When I was very small, my parents took me to a pediatrician who gave me all kinds of IQ tests. I don't remember any of it, but from what they told me
later I did very well on them.
When I was in second grade, I was given more tests and then taken out of the rest of the class and allowed to work on my own in what they called a
"private office". They just kept putting all kinds of books in front of me and I sat there alone, filling them out. I was just a little kid and
didn't even know what was going on, but I thought it was fun sitting alone in my "private office" answering all these questions in the books.
Later, in 6th Grade, I was in another class that was very different, in which there were all kinds of books, magazines, maps and things on shelves and
bookcases all around the room, and the students were just allowed to pick out the things that interested them and work on them. The teacher just sat
at the desk and answered questions, provided more information, and sometimes gave us all tests.
Call me crazy, but to this day I still think he was some kind of military officer in civilian clothes, but an extremely sharp and well informed guy on
a lot of subjects. I mean, he had a military haircut and bearing.
This was a long time ago, back in the 1960s and early-1970s, when Vietnam was still going on. Funny thing is, I can only recall bits and pieces of
it. I can recall what happened in general, but not a lot of the details, and I cannot picture most of the people I went to school with. I remember
other kids were there, but I can't really recall their names or what they looked like. It was a small class, and the teacher/officer just sat at his
desk and monitored us in a very low key way, but he also knew a great deal about any subject that we asked about.
I hadn't thought of any of this in years, but then the other poster mentioning the military AFQT test caused me to reflect back on it.
And I just remembered something else. There was another man who seemed to be in charge of a lot of this education program, who called himself "Dr.
Sam". He seemed like a military guy, too, and I remember he used to talk about World War II. I remember that he always had a briefcase and lots of
very big, think files, and seemed to enjoy discussing religion, philosophy, psychology and history. Just about any subject, in fact.
Come to think of it, even the music teacher who used to come into the class about once a week was a military or ex-military guy, too, and he used to
tell stories about what he did during World War II and other historical events while he played records for us.
I haven't thought about any of this in years. At the time, I just thought it was all a normal part of going to school.
edit on 18-9-2010 by witness63 because: (no reason given)
edit on 18-9-2010 by witness63 because: Remembered some more things about school