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  •  Did your family discuss college, (0+ / 0-)

    or was it assumed that it wasn't the desired path?

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      AllisonInSeattle, 2020adam, efraker

      our daughter Emma, who could navigate a conventional school environment, but found it a thin developmental soup and way too constrained and regimented for her emerging creative energies.  She actually attended a couple community college classes to learn French, but found the "academic" learning environment not her preference.  She later attended a French language immersion school in Montreal for a summer that was not academically focused at all, but more about just learning to speak the language.

      It became clear with our son Eric that he was profoundly incompatible with any sort of "classroom" environment and probably would never set foot in one again.  But Emma continues to take all sorts of classes and lessons in subjects that interest her.  Her learning style thrives in an environment where she has a personal coach or mentor who understands who she uniquely is and can maybe "push" her forward in her development.

      Eric, the hard-core autodidact, has never sought a single mentor that I can recall.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 04:55:02 PM PDT

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