Now I'm feeling really, really guilty that I didn't put my kid in the two-week summer math prep class to get him into advanced math. Now he's going to have to carry the badge of shame - the "inexpensive calculator."
But he's already a year above grade level, so no need to worry, right? So not true. In snoburbia, above average is below average. It is not enough to be one or even two years above grade level in math. If your middle school child is not picked up by a special school bus that drives him and a select few to the high school for Algebra II, he is not going to MIT.
We still have a few weeks of summer - maybe I'll get him a tutor and have him do an extra math packet!