By Monty Hagler
Like most parents, I think my children are smart. And funny, attractive and polite in a Lake Wobegon sort of way. They’ve certainly always done well in elementary and middle school. Now Julia is a freshman in high school. Reality is setting in.
Don’t get me wrong. Julia’s still smart and making above average grades. She’s just competing at a different level, and she’s finding out that what worked for her before isn’t going to get the job done now. This was made abundantly clear in our parent\teacher conferences at the end of the first quarter. In all of her classes – particularly the honors courses in English, biology and math – her work might best be described as “adequate.”