Nov 12 2006

Grades for the girl

Tag:Tag , , Cyn @ 12:04

I haven’t men­tioned how Katie is doing in a while. While there have been some adjust­ment issues switch­ing over to “school” from home­school­ing, she’s got all As. The “life by the bell” thing has been a nui­sance, and she and one of her teach­ers just do not com­mu­ni­cate on the same wave­length, but she’s deal­ing with it. She adores her art class, some­thing I’m def­i­nitely not equipped to teach at all.

Two of her three aca­d­e­mic classes are advanced, and the third would be but was already over­crowded when we reg­is­tered her for classes. So much for hav­ing trou­ble going into high school as a homeschooler.

The sched­ule isn’t easy on her body or the fam­ily, but again, she’s deal­ing. She does have increased fibromyal­gia symp­toms as a result, and has had to add a daily nap to her sched­ule after school.

One of the most dif­fi­cult issues is hav­ing cer­tain lines of dis­cus­sion “off lim­its.” That’s just too weird, after years of being encour­aged to fol­low her inter­ests and inquiries wher­ever they lead. While she’s attend­ing a rel­a­tively lib­eral school, the fact that it is a school means that there are con­straints on sub­ject matter.

Her lit­er­a­ture teacher referred to chastity belts as a medieval urban leg­end ear­lier in the year, and when she started explain­ing just how very wrong he was, he slammed the dis­cus­sion to a close. If the man is going to be so sloppy with his facts, he shouldn’t be sur­prised when he encoun­ters disagreement!

Sam and I met some­one yes­ter­day who said, “Advanced classes are how we seg­re­gate these days.” I pointed out that they cer­tainly aren’t new, as my own class of 1984 was tracked into advanced, reg­u­lar, and reme­dial (although the last two weren’t called that, pre­cisely) tracks, too. I found it an inter­est­ing state­ment, but we were in the mid­dle of Charis Books and dis­cussing many things, and didn’t get to pur­sue that one as far as I’d hoped. What do you think of it?


Nov 05 2006

The “S” Word

Tag:Tag , Cyn @ 16:19

I just wanted to post a link to an inter­est­ing but very basic arti­cle about social­iza­tion, since it con­tin­ues to be some­thing idiots bring up regard­ing homeschooling.