Sixth grader sad about middle school
My son is a new sixth grader at Albany Middle School. He came home from his first day of school and broke down in tears. I thought maybe something upsetting had happened with his friends. But it wasn’t that. He has a nice group of friends, and everything was good with them. He also thought his teachers were “fine” and “seemed nice.” It was more that he was deeply disappointed by the content of the school day. Lunch is short, the day is long, and little that happens in class excites him. He misses elementary school. Two weeks in, he cried again last night about going back today. He says “there’s nothing to look forward to at school except lunch.” He is a bright kid and a fast, self-motivated learner. Classroom instruction prioritizes bringing struggling kids up to par, which can leave more advanced kids feeling alienated. I’m worried that might be what’s happening. What can I do to help him? Should I even do anything? Is this just one of those times when kids have to learn that life is disappointing? I’m sad that he’s sad. It’s hard to see a kid with so much intellectual aptitude and curiosity begin to “hate” school.