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Quitting School
Posted 2/3/12


Instead of dropping out, I decided to home school. I still plan on going to a four year university. Students don't really have to do all the busywork in school and endure the torment just to be able to go to a good college.
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Posted 2/4/12
Don't quit schooling, but don't believe that you must attend a public or formal institution either. There's lots of other options.

There are alternative programs run through public school systems that utilize non-standard teaching; including specialized disciplines and parent-partnerships. At least one university offers a high-school-in-a-year program. And there's home schooling. To be fair it's not for every family.

There are probably as many approaches to homeschooling as there are people doing it including: traditional schooling, un-schooling, self-schooling, library learning, internet schools, internet resources, Scouting, Waldorf, Montessori, and co-ops. You can use professionally made curriculum or create it all yourself from scratch. It can be totally free or cost as much as a private school.

One 4.0 AP/honors student may look pretty much like another to a university, but they are learning the value of home schooled students. Most universities have no trouble accepting the transcripts and portfolios of home schooled kids, which often stand out from the norm. I know several home schooled youth who have had universities panting after them. And many colleges allow dual entry. My son's "school" mate graduated from high school and got her 2 year degree from college, this past June, at the age of 17. Now she's in a private university.

As is too often the case, our family and friends were certain our son would become an unsocial imbecile when we pulled him out of school in the first grade. Frankly I was scared, but formal education wasn't doing it for him. He'll be fourteen soon and, funny thing, he's doing just fine. Over the years he's had Spanish, Japanese, Latin, musical theater, drama, voice, drums, guitar, Lego dacta, robotics, chess, ceramics, acrylics, drawing, computer programming, and game design. That's semesters and years, not weekly units. And of course he's had the academics. These "extras" are affordable when you co-op.

Parent-partnership and homeschooling parents are generally highly engaged in their children's learning even if they're using outside sources for the teaching. Plus states accept homeschooling now, so you're not going to have your children taken away from you if you take them out of formal institutions. Just be sure to follow your state's rules.

Home schooled children are gregarious, articulate and typically heavily engaged in extracurricular activities. My son's friends go to national competitions in dance and martial arts, they have bands and get get roles in community theater. They even play on the high school sports teams at their local HS.

So don't think that leaving traditional school behind means the quick descent into a dark pit of failure. You don't have to stand in line with the other bored sheep like I had to. You lucky young people!
Posted 2/4/12 , edited 2/4/12
This article was a good read.

The points about teachers getting bored is somewhat true. My Semantics professor said he gets bored at times because its the same lesson plan every year with his undergraduate students.

The notion that you can not be successful without a degree is a myth. I see no problem with someone quitting school as long as they have an idea of what they want to do and a Plan B. I'm in my 2nd year of grad school and do not regret it, but a good friend of mine( same age) stopped after high school and makes 60K a year.

Everyone has there own path and there isn't a "right way" of doing it.
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Posted 2/4/12
Those that said this article is stupid and quitting school is stupid....is stupid

You only live once, why be confined to the ideas that others implement on you, especially if the ideas are stupid.
Hell most athletes didn't finish high school, yet they make millions a year.
My friends dropped out of college (yr 11 in Australia) to become tradies (plumbers, workers etc) and they make 50,000+ a year.

I agree with the article that school is getting boring for both students and teachers.
Hell, i learn more on a boredom run on wikipedia than i do in class.
But i don't think about quitting school, especially since im in year 12.
I'm really in it for the social aspect. Like they say, Ignorance is bliss.

Its true that the paper will open roads for you, but...just marry a rich woman.
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Posted 2/4/12
This essay was not only well written, intriguing and well researched but it was a gateway. For those who choose not to read it due to its length you have proven its' authors point before you even set a finger on the key to express an opinion. Our "children" are too lazy to read something in its entirety before they feel they have understood the complete message and are therefore allowed to express an opinion and have the right and freedom to criticize. This, I feel, is largely a method of "reading comprehension" developed from years of timed standardized testing. We are trained from our earliest school days to "scan" for key sentences, summarize, and answer a question as quickly as possible.

Many of the previous posters noted that a degree was "needed" in order to get a higher paying job where that may be so in some fields experienced candidate will almost ALWAYS get you A job before a a greenhorn with a piece of paper. One thing every high school I attended, all 6 (moved a lot), pushed aside from standardized test scores was the importance of college. Two associates and a bachelors later I am still being set aside for those in the job market that have more experience vs the "oh-so-important" (and expensive I might add) degrees that I have obtained.

If I had be informed more about home school, and had the opportunity to turn to it at any point in my nomadic school days I would have taken it in a heart beat. Taking just the curriculum needed in order to obtain a "high school" diploma I would have been able to graduate at a much faster rate and I assure you the quality would have been higher. Not only that but when you reach "high school age" you are able to work if you choose to and it will help you gain invaluable work experience much earlier than your peers. If you choose to get a college degree that experience even in the lowest "foot in the door" of positions will only supplement and increase your desirability as a potential candidate.

I am a military spouse and currently expecting our first child and they will be home schooled. The biggest stigma with home schooling is the lack of social interaction, however, all those who are "teaching" need to do is be active in seeking hands on experiences and even other "home schoolers" to do "field trips" with. In addition to that due to the lack of block time settings for classes children are more readily available to go to community centers or various other sources for sports, arts, etc outside of "class" without it conflicting with their school days. The "truer" freedom to choose where your education takes you beyond reading, writing and arithmetic I feel lays outside the bounds of the regimented school system in which I was brought up.
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Posted 2/4/12
i only have 2 years left ~___~ even if the educational system here is ******
besides, i don't think homeschooling is allowed where i live.....
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well all of my public schooling was finished 25 years ago (graduated from grade 13 in 1986), and in a foreign country to boot. While I did have the occasional issue with specific idiocies my early experience with school was with me failing the system rather than the system failing me. On the other hand I look around at some of hte 'educated' people around me with same and 'superior' pieces of paper to mine... and I wonder...

...What DO they teach in schools these days?
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On the topic of homeschooling. it's not a panacea. I've met some people who were homeschooled exclusively and never really let outside the family unit. The 'social intelligence' (ability to read other people, play nice with others etc) was... lacking. and Their relation with their Parent/teacher Sole authority from birth to late teens was... in my opinion, crippling.

Mind you the parent was a hardcore religious 'true believer'.

I've also heard parents claim they get through the school curriculum in a fraction of the time, giving them more 'school year' for trips and outings and educational adventure.
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school only exsists as part of the socialisation process to mould and conform you to work and never speak out against someone in a higher posistion than you :S there is nothing stopping anybody with the brains and the willpower to overcome adversity from succeeding at homeschooling and then succeeding in their individual pursuits :S
Posted 2/4/12
Just read the whole thing...
So basically, it's saying that school is a place to condition the population into a more manageable, predictable population, I think?
Really interesting read...
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Posted 2/4/12

haikinka wrote:

Gah, too long. Some one actually read it and tell me the general jist of it.
Anyway, even if I had the choice to quit school, I wouldn't because school is fun.


You are one sad individual.
Posted 2/4/12

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haikinka wrote:

Gah, too long. Some one actually read it and tell me the general jist of it.
Anyway, even if I had the choice to quit school, I wouldn't because school is fun.


You are one sad individual.


Why? 'Cause I said school was fun? Just so you know I never enjoyed the lessons themselves, but the things we did to do as little work as possible.
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Posted 2/4/12

haikinka wrote:


laxusdreyar wrote:


haikinka wrote:

Gah, too long. Some one actually read it and tell me the general jist of it.
Anyway, even if I had the choice to quit school, I wouldn't because school is fun.


You are one sad individual.


Why? 'Cause I said school was fun? Just so you know I never enjoyed the lessons themselves, but the things we did to do as little work as possible.


Errrm... what?
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laxusdreyar wrote:

Errrm... what?


lol nvm.
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Posted 2/4/12
I like going to school come at me bro
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