I read the “Ask Marilyn” column in Parade magazine and was reminded of two students I had in junior high during the 1980s.[mfn]I did posts about those students I called Skifoot and She. Those posts are truncated here.[/mfn]
The “Ask Marilyn” question was, “I know a young woman who failed all her classes during her first (and only) semester of college. How could the school have admitter her?”
Most of the students with whom I delt over the years were average[mfn]a little ahead or a little behind the center of the normal distribution curve[/mfn]. But Skifoot and his sister, She, tested above 140 IQ.
School policy for attendance, at the time, was: a student missing 15 days except for verifiable medical reasons would receive a failing grade. She’s record coming into my class revealed she had been at school the first few days and on the days for mid-quarter and end of quarter first quarter testing.
Transferred first quarter grade records showed that She had aced both the mid-quarter and quarter tests in the English class in which she had been enrolled. With tests being only 40% of the grade, and her being absent all but 5 days, She was an F student in English and all other classes for the same reason.
I lost track of She at the end of the school year and learned later that She tested through a GED program and tested into admission to a university just shy of her 14th birthday.
We had no idea about She’s having social anxiety disorder.
Skifoot answered every question on two required standardized tests but scored zero. That would be very near impossible unless the test taker knew every correct answer.
Unlike his sister She, Skifoot dropped out of school the day he turned 16. The last I heard was that he was making more in cash as a part-time gyppo logger than a starting teacher. An unverifiable rumor was that he had cash crops at several remote locations.
I lost track of the siblings, but a former colleague told me he’d heard that Skifoot had been killed in a logging accident and She was doing dissertation level research at an Ivy League college.