My one son found high school to be a waste of time and an emotional downer. He
is a gifted composer and multi-instrument musician and vocalist (began composing
at age 4, conducting at 5). His lack in other areas (couldn't handle
fashion strategies and sports sewing, the only 2 CTE courses available to him
and required for graduation) and this prevented the music department from
"allowing" him to participate in certain music activities due to rules
about music activities being viewed as extracurricular "fun" courses
that you couldn't participate in without a certain GPA. He dropped out,
took the GED just for good measure and scored in top 1% in the nation. Took ACT
and scored well and entered college. High school's rigidity doesn't
work for everyone, especially some of our top kids with "splinter"
skills. It also has the potential to make them feel like failures if they
don't fit in and progress through like the rest of the students. My other
children found high school to be worthwhile and important for their development.
We need to know our kids and their needs and find the best fit for them,
@the truthCommon Core has nothing to do with this topic, nor is it a
standard that teaches or holds students to the lowest common denominator. For
the most part Common Core is a higher standard than the state core had in
regards to math.If a kid excels to the point that the school no
longer can serve them, then they should move on to better things like
Common Core would not allow this, but hold these wunderkind back.That's what federally dictated standards do, control and make all the
same to lowest common denominator.
High school is not just about academics (i.e. social experiences).
good comments all!
It isn't a "terrible idea". Some people have different needs and
different paths to take, plain and simple. Furthering education is important for
everyone. Once a kids makes $20M it's not like they can't go back to
school to learn. It's not like it prevents options. If anything, their new
found fortune opens up doors. Money is power. It's up to you to do the
right or wrong thing with it. And what the 'right' education is for
people various drastically.
The freshman year of college can be handled by a properly prepared 14 year old.
Not the one that has been wasting his time playing video games, texting all
kinds of nonsense, and listening to IQ-lowering music, but the one who actually
studies, learns the principles rather than just trying to pass off the
assignment, and overall strives to achieve. If you do not believe this, try it.
In our current education system I do not see how you could do it unless you home
school. It will take some sacrifice and thinking out of the box. You will need a
mom that stays home. You will need a dad that is there to teach the kids. You
will need a shift of paradigm - teach the child to be an achiever, then watch
A viable option for many Wunderkinders is joint registration in high school and
college. I should know since I was one of the first high school students Utah
to have joint registration during my senior year (1971-72). Two masters degrees
and a PhD later, I now advise the Federal goverment (specifically the military)
on which psychological health research projects to fund.My son set
the record for his first college starting joint registration at the age of 14.
He went on to attend the Indiana Academy for Science Mathematics and Humanities
(Indiana's governers school for gifted high schoolers). At 31 he is a
software engineer who is waiting for word on his first patent.My
daughter could not be out done by her older brother, so she tied his record, and
also attended the Indiana Academy. Finished her undergraduate from William and
Mary (while on deployment in Iraq) and her MS from Brown. She is now the acting
director of public affairs for the DC guard.There are opportunities
out there for those who show both talent and hard work. This is but one
Most high schools are not really modeled to help kids go to college. There are
some exceptions, like NUAMES, INTECH, and other University Affiliated high
schools. These schools require students to remain in difficult courses and
offere concurrent enrollment and early college admission/registration to actual
college courses so that the transition to college is nature. Of course they also
don't have a football team and their focus is almost solely on academics
beyond that of the required state standards. If your kid goes to the
High School it's possible for him to have many of his requirements complete
(like required math courses) by his senior year. That senior year, becomes a
year of recreation, which then once in college turns out they no longer remember
their math which is now required again and they start to flunk out in the more
difficult courses because they never learned the discipline required to work
hard and learn on their own. With Whizkids, there's an
additional problem, in that they can be really good at one thing, but terrible
at other subjects, and because they do something comercially viable, they start
to think they don't need anything.
JSB,Many home schoolers fail miserably. I have had the products of
home schooling in my classroom. Some are bright and capable students with very
ambitious parents. I have found that home schooling makes many parents
appreciate good teachers and quality schools. Many kids are social misfits,
unable to cope with basic instruction.
What's wrong with letting bright kids graduate early? Or, if they're
strong in one area and not in another, test out of classes where they have
already mastered the skills?
Re: JSBPainting public school, with it's classrooms and
teachers, with a brush that covers it all in one stroke is the problem. It is
far more dynamic. One family's experience with public education does not
even approach the reality. There are many outstanding public education
classrooms. There are many outstanding teachers. There are also many on the
opposite side and even more that fall somewhere in between. Your
family found a solution that worked for you. That is wonderful. It would not
work in every situation, or even every similar situation. That is the point.
If we truly want our kids to be educated, we need to promote solutions and
actively pursue them; not complain about something or blame others. It is not the teacher's union's fault that our kids do not succeed.
It is not the government's fault. We had the kids, we should take
responsibility for them.
The whole approach of the public schools stifles creativity. Bright students are
bored and drop out. My son decided that his senior year would just be a waste of
time, dropped out and started the university and graduated with a 4.0. and
earned a master's degree from a prestigious university. One of my
daughters, dissatisfied the her children's school, decided to home school.
After three years she put them back into the public school. The daughter was
supposed to go into 7th grade but they put her into 8th grade because she was
academically so far ahead of the 7th graders. Her son, was also too advanced for
4th grade so he went to public school for some of his classes and was
home-schooled for English, science and math. For bright, creative kids, the
public schools are a failure with overcrowded classrooms, overworked, uninspired
teachers. There are marvelous on-line home-school programs that provide
children them with educational opportunities superior to anything you can get
in the public schools. Unless something really changes in the public schools,
home schooling will be the wave of the future.