One of the challenges in making educational choices for our own children is to accurately discern reality from what is too good to be true. Interestingly, I've found it's much easier to do this with other peoples' children than it typically is with our own. For example, if I had a dollar for every parent who told me their child is gifted, I'd have a ton of dollars and the reality is that only a fraction of those students actually were as gifted as their parents claimed. I'm not the only one who knows this - the purveyors of educational choices know it, too! So, when educational options are presented to us, it is important to figure out the extent to which we are being told what we may want to hear.