When we last looked in on the Tweet family, Tweet and Retweet were teaching their Tweetlets in the nest until they were old enough to join FLOCK Ed and had already embarked on the study of Flight 101. As the Tweetlets wings were not developed enough they had not been able to start the practical part of the course but they had a good understanding of the theories.
The Tweetlets had been assessed as gifted by the Psych-Owl-Ogist who had warned Tweet and Retweet that the Tweetlets could be very disappointed with the introductory classes of FLOCK Ed as they would be covering topics which they already understood.
“In most introductory classes they are still learning the nesty rhymes,” he had told them.
“In fact,” he had said “it may not be wise to send them to the local flock. You need to select a flock which will allow them to go far!”
Now the Tweetlets have stopped wearing nappies and are ready to join FLOCK Ed and Tweet and Retweet are faced with the decision of which flock to choose.
The Psych Owl Ogist arrived bringing a list of questions Tweet and Retweet should ask the Flock based on Finding the best school for your gifted child: Recommended questions to ask from the Davidson Institute http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10403.aspx
Some of Tweet’s relatives were trying to pressure them into choosing the exclusive private flock Fine Feathers which they had attended and sent them glossy promotional brochures.
Tweetelle gazed at the pictures of the Preening and Deportment classes and chirped “I want to go to that flock”.
But Tweet stated firmly that he could not afford the flock fees of a wheelbarrow of seeds per term.
And the Psych Owl Ogist argued that, although Fine Feathers would offer upper class social connections and the brochure claimed that each Tweetlet would be given the opportunity to reach their potential, it would probably not be a suitable Flock for the Tweetlets.
“Although they are ahead of most local Flocks,” he said “the main focus of the introductory class study is ‘Birds of a feather flock together’ Tweetlets who are independent thinkers would not fit into their mould!”
“You should let them fly with the Local Flock” chimed in Great Aunt Hashtag. “It’s free and there is no extra travel involved. I flew with the Local Flock. It was good enough for me!”
But Retweet had already made the acquaintance of the Local Flock when they held a class on her washing line and was not impressed. They were disheveled and disrespectful. They made rude gestures at Tweetil and whistled lewdly at Tweetelle and kept on squawking “Yo, Knickerfeathers!”
Although they were already able to fly, they were still learning their nesty rhymes. Retweet had felt relieved about that at first; as she knew her Tweetlets would not be behind the others in this group. But then she learnt that the group on her line was not the group her Tweetlets would join – this was the older group! Her Tweetlets were already a long way ahead of the older group in many respects.
The Psych Owl Ogist suggested that it would be worthwhile investigating Al TERN ative Education and suggested the select entry accelerated program ‘Voltare ad Astra’ as being particularly suitable.
Here, the Psych Owl Ogist said, the Tweetlets would be challenged, would have individualized education plans and would find a cohort of true peers
As the Psych Owl Ogist expressed it ‘One good TERN deserves another’