How's the new academic year?

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Registered: 07-23-2002
How's the new academic year?
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Fri, 08-30-2013 - 10:31pm

What's in the works? If you've started already, how is it going?

Lori, how did your ds's surgery go? How is he recovering? Gwen, any luck getting M. into the alternative school? For those of you whose children are changing schools, how is it all feeling at this point? What exactly is your child's educational situation at this point?

My answers below.

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Sun, 09-29-2013 - 11:11am
dd19 took a gap year (auditing classes, working, taking music lessons and playing in ensembles) which led directly to what she's doing this year...not only did it allow her admission to the place she needs to be rather than the "safety" down the road, but it also gave her a taste of what she would have to do, and the tools needed, to make her choice a success. Her bff, PG & unsure of what she wanted to do, took a gap year in Americorps...by all accounts lots of fun, with work and underage drinking thrown into the mix...and has got off to a bit of a rocky start (when that first calculus test came back) at the High IQ liberal arts portfolio based school she is attending...I expect she's still in the high school mindset, in which she was able to read her AP chemistry text in a week and then pass the test with a 5, thus leading to the pots o' money offer from the High IQ school. But college is NOT like high school...I'm guessing that if you don't have the tools or maturity to attend college at 18, that a gap year playing video games or cleaning restrooms may not be of much use unless it convinces you that you really don't want to spend the next fifty years playing video games or cleaning restrooms. Developmental maturity may come with increasing age, but path and direction are important...although I'd cede that lack of path and direction may lead to path and direction. Deborah

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