My 11 year-old son, David, recently got a 100% on his geography test. I was thrilled. In part, because I've handed my own ambition to him (if he looks good, I look good), but it was more than that. David had studied, and because he'd studied, he knew the countries and capitals in Asia cold. In light of a conversation we'd had just a few weeks prior, this was quite important. Here's the redux. "David, you got an 18 out of 24 on your Wordly Wise exam. I don't quite understand how you can be so articulate and not do well on vocabulary tests."