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From: Saysfaa (
Subject:         You should be able to
Date: December 27, 2007 at 5:26 am PST

In Reply to: Interested in Unschooling - How Do I Convince My Parents? posted by Aidan on November 25, 2007 at 9:11 pm:

jump through the classroom hoops with one brain tied behind your back. So, my advice is to give just enough to ace your classes and use the rest of the class time on your Brazil projects.

You may or may not impress your parents (they are unlikely to go for giving you responsibility for your education while you are not demonstrating maturity in your current responsibilities, but parents can be amazingly generous in giving freedom AFTER what they see as the basics are handled well), but you will find life much more interesting with your interests as your main focus and the dumb classes will not be so draggy if a little challenge (how fast to get them done well) is applied. At least that worked for me in high school.

Also, you will open up your options... get asked by the teachers to join "invitation only" things like special classes (in some schools) or nonschool related programs that depend on teachers refering students. Also, colleges are impressed with both the grades and the extra stuff - like any portfolios or slide shows or dance demonstrations or whatever that you do with your Brazil interest... it is especially impressive if you develope a program that reaches people in the community. Even if you don't think you will go to college... employers like this stuff too, and it is a good way to hook up with people that might know of ways that allow you to use your interest for fun or as a career.

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