My son has always been very quirky, I believe he is ADHD as his behavior is very impulsive and sometimes the obvious eludes him, despite being gifted. He is very smart on one hand, but can be impressively oblivious.
Since preschool, every single teacher has commented that he is 1. very smart, and 2. very immature
He was then promoted to 2nd grade after the first trimester of 1st, after having been found to be proficient in most 2nd grade subject matter and beyond. He is now in 3rd grade, and his new school is bombarding me with all sorts of forms for analysis. I am now told that they want to hold him back in the 3rd grade for another year due to his lack of maturity - despite the fact that he gets near perfect grades.
I agree that he lacks maturity, and that we need to seek solutions. I deal with these frustrations every day. However, I am outraged at the idea that he could spend an entire school year effectively learning NOTHING - merely because the school doesn't want (or isnt able to) provide services for a kid with differing abilities.
His behavior gets worse by 500% when he is bored, so obviously (it seems to me) having him repeat material that he's already mastered would completely backfire and cause him to regress into an infintile state! (theoretically)
Despite being in a class of kids 1 year older than he is, I don't think he is even on par with kids his own age or possibly those who are younger. He seems to be on his own seperate wavelength.
I want to believe that the school has his best interest in mind, but a public school with 30 kids in a class and having limited resources, I am worried that they are trying to do whats easy for them versus whats right for my kid. I could be wrong. I don't know.
I would LOVE to hear from some parents with older kids who may have children with similar issues or dealt with school issues such as this - Because honestly, I don't know where to go from here.