Tuesday, December 6, 2011
My Homeschool Dropouts
I should really say that they got kicked out. My oldest was kicked out in his Junior year of high school and finished his studies at NMMI(New Mexico Military Institute) and our local charter school. Now he is in Air Force Basic Training.
The guy above was kicked out halfway through his Sophomore year. Now he is in his Senior year of high school at the local charter school. He also spent a semester at NMMI. He still hasn't decided what to do after he graduates. The plan does involve joining a branch of the military but he wants to start out as an officer instead of going enlisted and working up to it. He may go Army officer through NMMI but his dream is to be a Marine.
Do you want to know why they got kicked out? Rebellion and my frustration. We just weren't all making it work so we made the decision to outsource the rest of their schooling. If I had a do over I would try having them attend Jr. college before giving up. They are good guys but they hated taking direction from me for school. I'm working on avoiding that problem with my 13 year old son because I want him to graduate from our homeschool. I also have plans made for his next four years instead of winging it each year which is how we were handling high school before.
My advice for high school is to plan ahead but remain flexible as problems for you and your students come up. If you have young men I would also suggest having dad be a little more involved with their accountability. Make consequences for work that is turned in late or not finished, give them a better taste of deadlines and real life, and don't be afraid to let them earn a bad grade. Let them be accountable for their future.