Why I related to the Gifted movie issue of choice #GiftedMovie

by - 3/15/2017 06:32:00 AM

Last week I attended my son's 3rd grade parent teacher conference. And it was bitter sweet. I don't talk about it a lot on this blog, but I've been struggling with having my son in public school. For various reasons.

the mommy factor third grade parent teacher conference

For the most part my son does well in school. During all his parent teacher conference, the teachers comment on how smart he is and sometimes a bit a head in some areas. A few have even sent home the Gifted and Talented Book. Just in case I want to do something about it.


Honestly I've been putting off exploring the Gifted and Talented program. For various reasons. But mostly because I want my son to enjoy his childhood. There's enough pressure as a child to know the latest "whatever" to discuss during school recess. My son is always coming home sharing what he and the other kids talk about or are doing. It's a lot to keep up with.

But at some point a smart child gets past all that and start to feel bored in school. This is the point where we are. To be honest we've been at this point for a while now. My son complains that school is boring and some of the work in easy. He finishes first and then has to sit there and wait on the other students. That other kids call him a nerd.

So now he doesn't want to go to school. Now he's not trying as hard as he use to. Now he's starting to lose focus. I feel like I'm starting to lose him.


I can't put things off anymore. My son is in third grade now and this is when the testing will start. It can go either way for us right now, based on what I decide to do with public school. Do I continue with regular classes and have him pass or fail. Or do I change to more challenging class. And have him pass or fail. This is a very scary choice.

GIFTED Movie Moment "Kitchen" - Introduction by Chris Evans & Mckenna Grace

And it's this "choice" that I can SO relate to after screening Fox Searchlight GIFTED. Both Frank (played by Chris Evans) and I want a care-free "normal" childhood for the kid in our care. But what does the kid need and even wants? It's a question we both have to explore and find an answer for.

Anyway, while I'm trying to figure out choices for my son, you should learn more about the GIFTED film.

Gifted movie poster


Release: In Select Theatres on April 7

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.


Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer

Director: Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)

To learn more about GIFTED, visit -www.GiftedMovie.com

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  1. The education struggle is real. I'm sure that you will figure out the best path for your kid.

  2. I had that same problem with my now 16yr old in Brooklyn. He was bored in class, finished first and didn't have anything to do, so then started getting disruptive. They eventually skipped him a grade but he whined and cried for weeks until we decided to put him back. Only you can know what's best for your son and you can sit down with him and talk about it. When we moved to CO, he ended up being given advanced classes after testing and is now doing college math in high school. Guess what? He now has no time to be disruptive and bored. 😉

  3. Wow. The struggle is real. Hope you figure things out. I'm intrigued by this movie. Hubby and I see movies a lot so this will definitely be added to list of "to go see"

  4. You are the best advocate for your son.