Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
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
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.