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  • Megan Lea.

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    Ok, so it all started earlier when my dad went to go check the mail. We got pamplet thing for an online high school. My dad gave it to me to read because he thought it was interesting.

    I don't know if he was serious or not when he said it, but he said that if I can't get my grades up, that's what I'd be doing. Online school.

    I didn't really care about it at first and I just threw the pamplet about it aside.

    Well, today my school also had a bomb threat and theres a rumor going around saying there was a hit list involved.

    I thought the hit list was a rumor until my friend told me they made her boyfriend go home today because it wasn't safe.

    School was delayed 3 hours because of the threat, but my dad wouldn't let me go at all.

    My friend told me barely anyone was at school today.

    And my school was on the news last night, and this morning, and it'll probably be on again tonight.

    I'm just kinda freaked out now. I don't want to go tomorrow.

    Then I started thinking: I bet this online school thing doesn't have to worry about shit like this.

    I read the pamplet again. It sounds pretty promising.

    The schedule is flexible and they give full time students a wireless laptop. They also have mentors to help you and teachers you can talk to 24/7 if you don't understand something.

    I hate to say it, but it's really not a bad idea...

    They offer alot of classes you can take and they even have organizations and clubs so you can still have a social life.

    Who knows? Maybe it could bring up my grades a little.

    I only have like an 80 in my English class, and I know damn well I can do so much better than that.
    And I'm failing science completely.

    Right now, I think the only thing keeping me in a public school is that I get to see my friends everyday. And me and my friends aren't even that close anymore. Not how we used to be, anyways. My best friend doesn't even go to school here anymore.

    But what's it like? If you do online schooling, do you find it easier? What kind of person is it for?

    I dunno, I'm just thinking about it...
    April 24th, 2008 at 04:50am
  • timothy mctague.

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    I don't do online schooling but it sounds pretty great.

    Edit: v People down there are right, you need to stay social. Do you physically meet up with the people in the clubs?
    April 24th, 2008 at 08:21am
  • Megan Lea.

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    My dad likes the idea too, but I haven't told him I'm kinda interested in it.

    He says if my grades get any worse, he enroll me. That way he can watch me do my school work.
    April 24th, 2008 at 07:24pm
  • Kurtni

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    With an online school, you may get a proper education, but you're missing out on half the point of school. Students need to attend a school for social interation with different kinds of people. People skills and social understanding are some of the most important traits you develop in school. Humans are social creatures and we need physical social interation to be healthy.The only reason keeping you in public school, your friends, is a very important reason. You need them. Not everything in school is pleasant, you're going to meet people you dislike, but that's how the real world is.

    It is interesting that they have clubs and organizations however. Are those online clubs/organizations, or do you physically meet with people? That would help with the lack of socialization in online schools.
    April 24th, 2008 at 08:58pm
  • Megan Lea.

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    There are other ways to have a social life.
    I hang out with my friends alot on the weekends. I'd still get to see them.
    It's not that hard to still be friends and not go to the same school.
    My best friend lives an hour away from where I live. I haven't hung out with him in over a month.

    The online school has alot. They've even got a prom. I might look into it more later. Right now, I'm just considering it. I want to finish out my freshman year at a normal high school.
    April 25th, 2008 at 12:06am
  • ChemicallyImbalanced

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    I know there are other ways to have a social life but sometime sit doesn't always work out like that. My brother was homeschooled. He's seventeen and has no friends. He hasn't since he started.
    I know what he did was just slack off really easily. He said he'd do the work later. Now he won't even get a job.

    I'm not trying to scare you or anything I'm just showing you some of the downsides.
    April 25th, 2008 at 03:04am
  • chrissie.

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    I agree with ChemicallyImbalanced. There is a lot of downsides, but perhaps, if this is what you really think you need, then you could do it easily, as long as you're not a massive procrastinator and you keep in contact with your friends.
    Good luck. :XD
    April 25th, 2008 at 12:48pm
  • lady america.

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    I wanna homeschool my children. I think it'd be better for them... many people tell me that homeschooled children are generally smarter and more mature.
    April 25th, 2008 at 09:03pm
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    grizabella.:
    I wanna homeschool my children. I think it'd be better for them... many people tell me that homeschooled children are generally smarter and more mature.
    I'm homeschooled.. it's really not as bad as people make it out to be. I'm in three extracurricular programs (that include other people), and my parents don't shut me off from the world. I have plenty of friends and I'm involved in lots of stuff.

    As for the smarter and more mature statement, I wouldn't say we're smarter than people who went/ go to public/ private school. =] And for maturity, that depends on the person. I've met homeschoolers who are 12 and capable of running an entire house by themselves, and I've met homeschoolers who are 18 and deadly irresponsible. It just depends on parents and how serious the student is.

    Homeschooling has it's benefits, but it also has it's downfalls. I think it's important to look at both ends of the argument.

    =]

    [edit] The extracurriclers I take are Public Speaking, a Science lab, and a writing class. I'm not including piano lessons, or youth group/ church activities. Basically, not all of us are isolated from the world.

    8)
    May 2nd, 2008 at 10:13pm
  • Young Lust

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    Alright, so I had a nice reply that I spent forever working on for this topic, but then I somehow erased it and I can't quite remember what I said.=(
    Anyways, I am in an online school and have completed three grades worth of work in two years(I am highly motivated). My brothers were also put into online school this school year and are doing awesome.
    In the online school, we do socialize and have all sorts of outings and events to go to so we can meet other kids.
    I would definitely suggest trying online school. You might like it.=)
    If anyone has any questions about it, feel free to message me or leave a comment.=)
    May 12th, 2008 at 08:01pm
  • pulmonary archery.

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    I can definitely see the up sides to home/online schooling, and it does work well in principle. I mean, you get to work in your own environment, at your own pace, and any issues with friends or whatever won't get in the way.

    However, there is a lot of things you learn in school indirectly, which is the idea of the Hidden Curriculum. So... School kind of teaches you things like how to follow regular structures, how to listen to those in authority, how to follow rules and regulations. I know they probably seem like common sense things, and things you would pick up anywhere, but they're the main things you'll need in the work place, and what the school is good at re enforcing. Socialization is also a main part of the school system, integrating and learning to work with people x]

    I think I'd always choose to stay in school, but that's just me. I like school, and the whole system of it. :cute:
    May 13th, 2008 at 04:06pm
  • blooming.

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    my mum has just de-enrolled me from my school, wasn't working out, hasn't been since 6th grade, and i'm in 9th now. So she's going to homeschool me, i'm quite excited about it i've read alot of information about it and it seems great. You get to work in your own environment and personally i think some kids may turn out better if they're homeschooled, main reason being they wont be influenced to do bad things, I mean they could still get influenced other ways, but i think alot of kids are influenced at school. And if you really want to do it i say go for it, and if it doesn't work out you can always re-enroll in a school.

    =]
    June 7th, 2008 at 01:15pm
  • dally winston.

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    I do online school right now! I was at a traditional high school from freshman year up until the end of junior year. All throughout that period of me being in that school, I was sexually harassed everyday by the Muslim boys at the school...and there were a lot of them. They would push me into walls, grab me inappropriately, call me names, and would threaten to kill me. And this was on a daily basis. Not to mention, my school got a lot of bomb threats, and finally, an all out race war broke out last May. There were 85 kids involved. During that brawl, some guy tried swinging on me and pulled a blade on me, causing a few of my guy friends to go after him and they got hurt. After that incident, that's when I said "to hell with this" and left.

    I started at my online school in September of 2012, and I honestly love it. They provide you with an iMac and internet access (if you don't have any). And you can graduate up to two years early...or in my case, graduate on time. All of your assignments are done on the computer, though, you do have to go in to the school building once or twice a week but you can go in at any time you want. I really like my school, I get a lot more help and a lot more done. c:
    April 12th, 2013 at 06:56am
  • folie a dru.

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    @ l0lita-
    My friend was doing something like this, but the state she was in has certain rules, and her principal decided to pull support (even though her grades had improved dramatically) so my friend ended up dropping out of school and getting her GED. I'm glad you live in a place where you have the option; it can be really great for students who need an alternative (and it sounds like you needed one).
    April 13th, 2013 at 06:50pm
  • Name Of Misery.

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    I took all online college classes last semester, and I really struggled in the discipline aspect because I had the power to choose when I did my work. I ended up ruining my sleep schedule, going to bed at 7 in the morning because I could, and still not finishing my homework or participating in the weekly discussions. Now I'm repeating a few of my classes that were a breeze when I did the work, but I did not complete a lot of it because of my unwillingness to log on everyday.

    I think that all online education really relies on the student's discipline and want to succeed, or else nothing will get done.
    April 16th, 2013 at 12:55am
  • folie a dru.

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    @ Name Of Misery.
    As far as high schoolers though, hopefully their parents are helping them stay on top of that. (I had problems with online college courses too.)
    April 17th, 2013 at 12:24am
  • EndlesslyandForever

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    I'm starting my GED soon and in the fall I will take online classes at Wor Wic. I have some... urm... issues that make it nearly impossible for me to strive in the physical schooling environment. I usually wouldn't be so stoked to start school, but there are incentives in place :) Plus, I'll have something else to do besides sleep, listen to music and write all day. Not that I don't like doing those things because I do, I love them, but my brain needs to be worked. I'm actually really excited! Is that weird?
    May 1st, 2013 at 02:29am
  • cosmic pixel

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    I am homeschooled and I take online courses, I love it. All of it really. ♥ I've been treated kind of shitty from people who don't understand homeschooling though; at a youth group I went to the teacher/coordinator really put herself above my family and was really awful to us, all based on the fact that we didn't go to school. I was harassed at this youth group and she did nothing about it, my mom talked to her about it once and she rolled her eyes and was like, "She's homeschooled, what does she know about harassment?" Insinuating that I lack social skills and just can't handle being around other kids, which is totally not true. I have a lot of friends and I get out of the house. I love being homeschooled but I hate the fact that I've been treated like shit because of it. The lord giveth and the lord taketh away I guess.
    May 10th, 2013 at 01:51am
  • folie a dru.

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    pulmonary archery.:
    So... School kind of teaches you things like how to follow regular structures, how to listen to those in authority, how to follow rules and regulations.
    I agree these things definitely exist in public school, which is part of the problem with it. I think it's more important to teach children to (appropriately for the situation) question authority and question rules and regulations.

    But teaching children just to dumbly and blindly follow along, you aren't creating a generation of thinkers, you are creating a generation of obedient citizens who will listen to their government without questioning.

    Big problem with that.

    (I realize this post is very old.)
    May 12th, 2013 at 04:02pm
  • mariah;

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    along with my other brothers & sisters, i'm homeschooled. have been since sixth grade. honestly, i can't remember whether i was pulled out of public school because i was having problems or because i was the problem, lol.

    i was never very good at making friends, & the few that i did manage to make, i could never keep, bc i was such a jealous little bitch. this one girl i went to school with, we reconnected on the wonder[f!ck] that is facebook & according to her, we stopped being friends bc i threatened to punch this other girl she was seeing in the throat??

    her: lol we used to b friends but when i started playing the dodgeball w/ steph you got totes jelly and threatnd 2 punch her in the throat in cafetria lol
    me: *cafeteria, *threatened. and lol playing the dodgeball is that what they're calling it now
    her: anway yea we used 2 b friends but after i said that steph served dodgeball better than u, we stopped :(
    me: *anyway. lol damn right we did no one serves the d better than me gtfo

    lolol, i was such a homewrecker /wistful sigh.

    anYWAY YEAH I'M HOMESCHOOLED
    February 11th, 2014 at 02:37am