Usually when my son Ben arrives home after school he strides right past my office and pretends he doesn’t hear my stock question: How was your day?
But yesterday was different. He walked up to me and mumbled something that sounded like, “Mom, you were right.” I was stunned and curious about what could have prompted this remarkable observation.
“You were right about needing breakfast,” he continued. For years, I’ve been telling Ben, who is tooth-pick thin, that he needs to eat breakfast to get his brain cells firing in the morning.
And yesterday I yelled down the hall as he was leaving for his SAT prep class to eat something before he left. He didn’t bother.
But here’s the problem: When Ben got to his class, he had to take a full-length SAT practice test. And midway through, his energy evaporated.
Ben promised he’d eat a good breakfast for the real SAT test on May 2, when thousands of kids will fan out across the country to take the grueling test.
I do have a back up plan if Ben, with or without a bowl of Cheerios, ends up with a bad SAT score. There are now about 840 test optional schools in the country. Fairtest.org has compiled the handy list.