The story is narrated by a 5th-grade girl, Nora Rose Rowley. Nora is secretly a genius but does not tell anyone for fear that she will be thought of as "different". Plot summary[ edit ] Eleven-year-old Nora has been secretly hiding her extraordinary intelligence from her parents and teachers, and still trying her best to do badly in school to prove to herself as "nothing more than average. She becomes interested in one of her classmates, Stephen, and they become friends.
May 23, Mara Call rated it really liked it Clements is a great youth storyteller. I have found his stories The report card book setting be humorous and thought provoking. In this tale he questions state testing, the importance that as an American society we put on grades and testing and the special classes for the "smart" or "gifted and talented" kids and how they got in there in the first place-tests!
He suggests that testing puts undue pressure on kids and doesn't truly reflect the intelligence, capabilities or knowledge of those being tested. In regards to Clements is a great youth storyteller. I laughed and was also very thoughtful at times about what he wrote.
I confirm that all these things are true, as I see those practices at work on kids and adults in our school system today.
That is why I steadfastly refuse to put my kids in AL. They don't need to be in an "elitist" group of kids, segregated from the rest of their peers because of some test they took that said they were "smart". They also don't need more homework than they currently have. It's hard to put my foot down because as a society we are so engrained to be the best of the best, so there is this little nagging fear in the back of a parents mind, "but if I don't, then will they succeed in life"?
My husband and I keep telling ourselves that yes, they will be just fine. Kids need to have time to be kids.
When do they get time to do that with all the other demands we parents and society put upon them? When do they have time to build forts, make smoke bombs, roam the hills with their buddies, participate in their own sand lot games, play with a chemistry set and make things boil and bubble.
They don't because we are too busy filling their lives with activities and homework. I learned a lot about life by playing in the neighborhood with my friends.
We did all those things and I look back on my childhood with fond memories. I don't think my kids are going to have as much of an idyllic childhood to remember as I had. All the kids that are 10 yrs and older are so involved with school, church activities and super leagues that rarely can anyone my oldest son knows, play.
Then it leaves a parent questioning, well great, now what? I have told him he can only play the recreational sports and now he has no one to hang out with because all his neighborhood friends are gone all the time playing sports with their super leagues.
It's frustrating for parents and kids. I hope that Clements writes a book on how ridiculously competitive parents are when it comes to sports. Is it really necessary for little kids to have ball practice 5 times a week and games two times a week?
Do they need that kind of structure and pressure put on them? I have parents say to me, "Well, it's better they're doing that or they would spend all their time playing video games". I say, "Try being a parent". Take the xbox away.
Take the kindle's away. Kick them outside with some water. Set a good example and be active yourself. Maybe parents spend too much time with their faces in the screen themselves?
That's what Clement's books do-make you think. It also gets me on my soap box for a minute.The story begins when Nora has just received her first report card of fifth grade.
The results: five D's and one C. Her friend Stephen is very simpathetic and confused, especially when Nora tells him she WANTS to get bad grades. The Report Card by Andrew Clements - A fifth-grade genius turns the spotlight on grades—good and bad—in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Book Edition: Reprint.
The Report Card by Andrew Clements - A fifth-grade genius turns the spotlight on grades—good and bad—in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Book Edition: Reprint.
"The Report Card" by Andrew Clements demonstrates the often debilitating effects the arbitrary nature of the grading system, especially standardized testing, can have on children. Clements' novel is about an elementary school girl, a natural genius, who deliberately gets bad grades on her report.
The book The Report Card was an okay book. It was an okay book because when I got it I thought it was going to about someone getting bad grades all the time. /5. The Report Card. By Andrew Clements.
Grades. R. Genre and she purposely brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point. Suddenly the attention she's successfully avoided all her life is focused on her, and her secret is out.
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