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  •  I wish your son well, but I'm not sure how to (7+ / 0-)

    respond beyond that and have at least some slight reservations about pulling him out of a traditional classroom setting.  High school, of course, is a real pain in the ass for bright, creative kids.  But learning to play by rules we do not like is part of schooling, thus part of the socialization process schools impart. I'm convinced that many of the worthwhile things that happen in a high school setting often have little to do with the classes one takes.

    •  I hear you, but I think its a balancing act... (3+ / 0-)

      We need to understand the context that we live in and when we can and cannot be effective in challenging "the man" and fighting for our own self-respect and what we believe to be right.  My mom always told me to "pick your battles" and fight them on the turf of your choosing.  Her sage advice helped me to evolve from being a rebel to being an activist.

      I see my son Eric charting such a course.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 03:12:34 PM PDT

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    •  With all due respect. How long does it take to (2+ / 0-)
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      learn "to play by the rules"? That's not a hard thing to learn. And it's obvious when it's truly necessary in adult life.

      For a person who does best learning things they care about, and learning in depth, a "normal" class room will never be a fit. It will be a torture chamber.

      Recently I had a foster-to-adopt child with severe issues, so I read about 30-50 books about his issues. In about a year. I still occasionally research in that field. Many people couldn't do that, because they're wired differently. I don't think I'm better than they are, I think I'm different.

      We're not all alike. The idea that traditional classrooms have something to offer everyone makes no objective sense.

      Plus, it has been proved false by research, over and over.

      I was first chair in my instrument in high school not because of what happened in high school, but because I had the interest and discipline to practice 1-3 hours by myself at home every day. That was concurrent with high school, but not "happening in high school". If someone had told me I had to abandon that instrument and take up another, or take up say, swimming, instead, because that was their goal for me, it would not have worked.

      This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

      by AllisonInSeattle on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 04:36:46 PM PDT

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      •  Good points... thanks for your thoughts! (0+ / 0-)

        We are all different... at some point in our lives we have to take responsibility for who we uniquely are.  I say it might as well be sooner rather than later.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles

        by leftyparent on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 04:57:15 PM PDT

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