I have taken both my middle schoolers, Thing One and Thing Two, to the doctor lately, for stomach-related problems. They're both on Prevacid, and the pediatrician flat out told me she sees a lot of kids with this ailment every year, around EOG time. One child had anxiety so bad, he had to be hospitalized. HOSPITALIZED.
Here's the deal: The teachers STRESS THE KIDS OUT, by scaring them over the EOGs!! And since we moved here from Wisconsin, and my kids tend to believe what they're told (that the EOGs are very hard to pass) they are having health problems and dealing with extreme anxiety.
I have a very BIG problem with this. I had to email two of Thing One's teachers a couple weeks ago, and ask them if they were confident she would pass, because she was not sleeping at night and needed reassurance. Thing One has been on the honor roll all year, yet she's stressed to the gills about the testing. They start today, and she didn't get a wink of sleep last night. Which is NOT good.
But I also understand the schools want their kids to test well on the EOGs, so they review review review, unfortunately the kids get saturated with information to the point where they begin to doubt their abilities.
Yeah, I have a big problem with this. And I'm not alone. Other parents I have spoken with feel the same way. I guess if my kids weren't new to this and had done it before, they wouldn't be so nervous, but they are and they ARE.
Thank heaven the tests are only three days.