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From: Marigold1 (206.123.57.170)
Subject:         Son wants public school
Date: July 25, 2011 at 5:59 am PST

My son wants to go to public school. Mostly, it is to have
more social life--but he is extremely social already! He is
in public school sports, so is gone almost every day after
school during the school year. On weekends and summer, he
is with friends. They are pretty good kids, I think--I know
the family and feel like although they aren't exceptional,
neither are we.

Our school district is really bad--REALLY bad. I suggested
doing college classes (our state does dual enrollment) or
even to open enroll him to another public school. He said
he is only interested for the friendships. He knows these
kids through sports and church--although many of them are
members of our church but not regular attenders ;(. We have
home school group activities, and although he has made some
friends in them, he cannot attend due to the sports
schedule, and most are not of our Christian faith.

For the most part, we have a great relationship, although
when it comes to school he could work harder but states he
needs more rigid guidelines. When I give them, he doesn't
follow through as well.

Neither I nor my husband feel his reasons for wanting to go
are good--the school academics there are so bad that kids
taking AP classes find out when they get to college that
they got high grades at the school but now in college cannot
pass basic classes. The high school is run by the jocks--
the teachers even admit that--and they cut tons of good
classes but won't cut any sports because then the parents
revolt. Crazy, eh?

I don't want to ruin a relationship with our son over this.
He has become so adamant about this that he brings up the
same argument several times a week. Other than this one
issue, we have a great relationship with him (well, except
when he is supposed to do school--he drags his feet,
although it isn't usually a real battle). I am willing to
do more with him, and this year should be better (?), but he
said he gets tired of being around all of us so much. That
makes me really sad.

I blame myself a lot. This last year was really tough with
a special needs child having so many appointments. However,
my son could do more by himself, but the "harder" stuff he
wants me to sit with him (and I am willing when available).
I do feel like even though an older sibling was able to do
this without me having to harp about it, he needs me more.
Also, the older sibling was considerably older, and the next
one down is considerably younger. With the youngers, there
are enough that they have companionship during the day--he
doesn't until sports.

We have a lot of flaws as a family, so I blame myself a lot.
However, I never lose hope that God really does believe this
could work. I just keep wondering if God is nudging me to
let this one go to public school--but it is such a terrible
situation.


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