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    Senior Member JaneV2.0's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    I like your premise a lot.

    I believe schools exist to make good soldiers and good factory workers. Conformity and being average are rewarded.

    The brightest kids don’t necessarily get the As.
    That's true; I know at least two brilliant dropouts. My nephew got around to getting an engineering degree eventually, and an in-law couldn't drop out soon enough. The only HS class she passed was Chinese, I think. She's worked in a variety of AI-related firms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken lady View Post
    i donÂ’t think the answer to teaching kids not to be ashamed of differences is to tell them there is nothing wrong with being different. I think the answer is to ask them why, and to call bull on the bull.
    Hooray, CL. Having raised a "different" kid, I so agree. It is so condescending to imply to kids that "we like you anyway." My oldest son was a square peg in a round hole and I knew it. So instead of placating his teachers by placing him in the euphemistic "Project Promise" program for "at risk" kids (which was, in reality, the trailer behind the school for all the "losers"), we took him out of school. We gave our permission for him to drop out at 16. As hard of a decision as that was, we knew in our hearts it would save him--and it did.

    Good for you CL. Because I can count on one hand the number of good teachers my "different" kid had, I can tell that you are an amazing teacher.
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    2 of our 3 kids chose to attend community college instead of the last few years of high school. It was free and it counted for both high school and college credit.

    They were so relieved to be out of high school early.

    Our third kid loved high school (well, the social part at least) - and he would never have wanted to get out early simply to attend college.

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