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  •  I was always an eager learner in most subjects (1+ / 0-)
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    I even tried with math, though my brain just doesn't hold onto math. I spent often 6-8 hours a night trying to grasp it. I did a lot of solo research and independent learning and reading at home, I remember even in 4th grade writing research papers just for the joy of doing it.
    What changed my senior year was simply NOT TAKING ANY MATH CLASSES. My mom made my dad sign off on the class schedule I wanted rather than the one he wanted me to take as well. I had almost all my credits so there was very low pressure from the school (my parents still expected A's, I was always punished for anything under a B, which is why my math disability was a double whammy for me). Plus the spring before I had passed out on the track from running with asthma, so the PE teacher was afraid to push me too hard and was more lenient with grades for me (because my parents had threatened to sue because she was ignoring doctor's notes). So it was a more laid back year, and I took (with the exception of PE and Econ) what I WANTED to take. It was still dictated high school, but I had more control. Previous years I had much much less control except for a few courses.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:26:59 AM PDT

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    •  So it was an issue of control... (1+ / 0-)
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      which by your senior year your school and your parents had ceded to you more of, particularly in the area of letting you not take math which was debilitating your self-image as a successful student.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:03:05 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

        I would have done well as an unschooler. I had the drive to learn and the williness/ability to do so on my own, with the exception of math. And I think even there I would have been a lot less frustrated if I could have done it at my own speed rather than all the advanced courses (i.e. trig and Geometry taught in half a year rather than the full year course for example) pushed on me by my dad and the school. At least that way I would have had a better chance of figuring out my own compensations to be able to do some of it.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:09:55 AM PDT

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        •  And certainly if school grading and parental... (1+ / 0-)
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          punishment for bad grades hadn't made your demonstrated performance so high stakes!

          I think I survived the K-12 grind because my school and particularly my mom did not make my graded performance so high stakes along with my having an active "unschooled" real life outside of school.

          Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

          by leftyparent on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:29:31 AM PDT

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