I just dropped the tired teen off at school for the SAT test. On the way her brother wished her good luck via text. I told her I was proud. She pointed out friends in front of the school.
In the school parking lot someone in a huge truck almost hit me – twice. Fortunately he did not hit me, thereby giving me the opportunity to use my impressive mastery of cuss words.
The APUSH test was yesterday (Advanced Placement US History.)
So let’s think deep and profound thoughts about all of this testing. The SAT test theoretically determine almost everything about a teen’s future. A score could determine what college a child gets into. That could then determine a major. It could determine who your teen’s life long friends will be. It could determine who your child will meet in college and maybe marry. It would determine their future passions and careers. It will determine future happiness and success. It could determine everything.
Or it could just be yet another test. But not really.
Teens aren’t going out with their friends. They are studying for AP tests, SAT tests, and ACT tests. They’re doing three to six hours of homework a day. I’m not talking about what we used to call “red hots.” I’m talking about average kids, or slightly above average kids.
I know all of the teens today will do well. Most will be in the bottom half of the top half, or maybe a little better. That is ok. That will get them into a good school.
But for their parents it was easier. Their parents could easily get into the University of California. Now that seems almost impossible, even to the most academically gifted children.
I don’t see any of these kids as average. They’re all unique and way above average. And most of them aren’t driven by their parents, but by their own determination.
Don’t put down the youngest of Millennials, those born in 1998 and 1999. They’re bright and determined. They’re ready to sacrifice their free time, their hanging out time, their silly time, to study. They’re willing to sacrifice their teen fun for something that is almost as illusive and impossible as finding a unicorn – admission into a good college.
This time next year these same teens will be waiting for yes or no letters from colleges. Many will be going to the local community colleges with their hopes still set on schools like Stanford, Davis, or Berkeley, or even Chico and Sac State.
Getting into college shouldn’t be easy, but it shouldn’t be impossible, especially for bright and determined teens. They’re our future. They’re our legacy. We need to appreciate their sacrifices and the sacrifices they face in the future.
These kids aren’t entitled. They’re impressive. They’re also funny, and thoughtful. As parents we need to be proud. And we need to let them know we’re proud.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman
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