- School is boring and they spend waaaay too much time learning the same thing (she's pretty bright, so catches on quickly).
- She wants to be finished her work early and have more time to spend on her own projects (like writing short stories).
- She is sick of the moody and pervy (her word--but not in a gross way, more like mischevious) boys
- She doesn't feel like she can really talk with her favorite friends at school because they can be boring, are too much of followers, don't often get her sense of humor, and can be slow to catch on.
- The school rules are very much about obedience and don't make sense to her. Examples: even though her math teach has the current textbook page projected on the smart board for everyone to see, she still insists that each student turn to the same page in the book on their desk. The aids are very gruff and commanding in their rule enforcement and she doesn't understand the need for some of the rules or why they enforce rules arbitrarily.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A 12 Year-Old's View of Middle School
My DD12, Hanover, who has been back in the public school system for two years after homeschooling for three, made the announcement, a bit out of the blue, that she was going to homeschool next year. After talking with her a little bit, here are her main concerns: