As many of you know, Carolyn's current obsession is political geography and the flags, statistics, borders and languages of every country. So about two weeks ago she asked her (beloved) science teacher if she would get a zero on her next test if she took it in a foreign language. He laughed at her joke and said that he would not give her a zero. Then this weekend I was going through her backpack and found the most recent test. Despite having studied, she scored 3/10 on the multiple choice. I was bewildered--until I studied the test and all of the no-brainers she had answered incorrectly. Scrawled at the top was the key. She had taken the multiple choice in Hungarian: A=A, but Á=B, B=C and C=D. These are the first four characters of the Hungarian alphabet. The only answers she got correctly were the ones needing an A. She had no D's as answers, but you had to look at the code to understand why.
Short end to the story. The teacher wants to regrade it despite my saying that it's not his obligation. Carolyn thinks her answers were quite funny, and she's completely unconcerned about the grade. I'm struggling with all sorts of emotions: I think it was pretty funny myself, but of course it's my obligation to be mortified if I want her to get into a good high school. In fact, I asked her almost immediately what language she was using on her ISATs. Should I be mortified? Should I care at all? Should I be concerned that she doesn't care? She's certainly not buying into the achievement pressures portrayed in a "Race to Nowhere." Guess that's life with a non-neurotypical kid.