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        09-14-2013, 07:17 PM
      #21
    Foal
    4horses, I don't think you understand. The teachers don't follow the book, and they won't even give us one. They also discourage us from working ahead because "we're all supposed to be on the same level." Also, the school I go to only offers college courses for seniors, and im only a junior. Online classes are a problem because I don't have internet access. Thanks for trying though:)
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        09-14-2013, 07:18 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I mean, I do have internet access on my phone, but not on a computer. :(
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        09-17-2013, 12:43 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    Any way you can get internet access? It shouldn't be that expensive.
         
        09-17-2013, 11:45 AM
      #24
    Showing
    No matter how well you explain the situation to us, this is entirely your decision that should be made without the influence of others. I will suggest you investigate other schools as best you can ie go there. Then make a written list of pros and cons of your school vs the others. Often times writing a list like this in an eye-opener. Don't dismiss anything as trivial as sometimes trivial turns into something huge.
         
        09-17-2013, 12:34 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    First I APPLAUD you for recognizing that you are experiencing the current "politically correct" Snake Oil Salesmans' version of what used to be rigorous academics. Those classroom numbers would be laughable if they weren't true and would only work in an Asian country where the students are highly disciplined and highly motivated.
    Secondly, it might be expensive to go to the Arts school that you found, but you know what you want to learn.
    Third, I have 232 hours and ONLY a Bachelor's and Teacher Certification from this. I have taken more classes and have more hours than my DH, who is an Attorney, a Jurus Doctor. I know about training and I have been both a private and public school teacher who quit bc of political correctness. (I was popular enough that there was a boy who serviced my DH's car and told him he apologized for acting up in my classroom, some 5 years ago. Go figure!)
    Did you know that if you were highly motivated and applied yourself you could earn a different college degree past a bachelors every 2 years of your life?
    Back to primary and secondary education...
    The most important skills for you are Reading, Comprehension and Communication
    And
    Mathematics, through Algebra
    Once you master these you excel beyond the Freshman Class of most of the non-land grant Universities in this country, where they offer remedial classes to play catch up in these areas.
    So...what to do?
    DO learn to train yourself. There is no guarantee of quality public pedagogy anymore in our country. Take advantage of any and all online resources and the library. This isn't the same as what you are experiencing at your school right now. There is no leader teaching concepts, and applying these through exercises and drill going on in your school. Taxpayer money is being wasted.
    If you visit and believe that the school nearby suits you, switch to it. You don't know that you have a foundation in a subject until your lack of foundation crumbles your learning. My youngest DD switched districts when we moved. She had Beginning Algebra 2 years in a row and admits that, althought boring THEN, it solidified her current knowledge of Math. She got frustrated with the "almost answers" in Calculus, but LOVED Trig. She was an English Major and is in her 3rd year of Law School right now.
    Take advantage of CC classes that you can take while in high school. Often you can get free books at the end of a semester bc the college is phasing out some and leaves the old books out in the hallway with a hand written sign. I got a lot of books this way.
    REMEMBER--people used to learn how to do everything by either being an apprentice or studying books on the subject. Abraham Lincoln learned the law from books. The test for attorneys was short and simple then, but we know about his knowledge of the law, so point taken.
    Hope this helps you.
         
        09-18-2013, 09:27 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Ok, I REALLY, REALLY want to go to Grier School, but its INSANELY expensive, and I don't even know if my parents would let me go to a boarding school. How do I convince them that Grier School is the PERFECT school for me?
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        09-18-2013, 09:44 PM
      #27
    Started
    I went to a Private school like that. Even with only 30 students in the entire school their were still major problems. The school work was insanely easy and some of us generally finished within a quarter of the given time, so the teachers sent you into a kindergarten/lower class to help them with their lesson. You werent allowed to go ahead, as it would be "unfair" to the others, so they held you back with whoever was the slowest learning student. My parents pulled me out and I homeschooled.

    You keep saying Grier School is expensive, and that you don't have internet. Im positive that getting internet out where you are would be a ton cheaper than boarding school. You could take a year and try homeschooling, and see if that works out better. If you find that you don't have the self motivation/will and you need a hands on teacher, you could then try out a new school.

    Give your parents a little by trying out homeschooling or transferring to a different school that isnt going to cost a arm and a leg. If your still having problems it would then be more fair to ask to go to a expensive boarding academy.
         
        09-19-2013, 06:56 AM
      #28
    Foal
    Thanks Gallop On. I'll try talking to them about that:)
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        09-20-2013, 08:11 PM
      #29
    Foal
    My parents said they wouldnt send me to a boarding school, and they won't let me go to school online (so that I could still do the extracurriculars at my current school). They told me I could
    A) stay at my current school
    B) go to the nearby school I told you about
    C) go to another school nearby that is full of drug addicts and currently has an F rating and academic emergency.

    I feel like I'm trapped. My parents won't listen to me. I don't want to go to any of those schools. I wouldnt mind going to school online, but my parents want me to have more social interaction. I feel like I'm trapped, and they won't listen to me. What should I do? As soon as I brought up Grier School, they said they won't let me go to a boarding school. They wouldnt even give me a chance to explain. I don't know what to do.....
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        09-20-2013, 08:46 PM
      #30
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    I have not read all the responses yet, but what got me from the first post is the OPs assumption that because the parents have savings that they are USABLE savings. My husband and I have thousands and thousands of dollars saved. It would appear we have plenty to indulge our child's dream of a boarding school with everything he wanted. But the savings are so that we will not be a financial burden to our children when we are very old. They are not accessible as they may appear.

    However, education IS important and I think you should request transfer to a better school, whether it has your much desired performing arts or not. You can be more choosy when you go to college.
         

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