Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's started.

One of my children, who shall remain nameless because she doesn't like me blogging about her, came home from middle school and handed me a school-generated form letter. It offered us the opportunity to allow her to read the required high school Health class text this fall then test out of the course, which she'd otherwise have to take a year from now, as a freshman.

This threw me.

Why is this an option? What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing so? And where was the contact information on said form letter so I could ask these questions?

I tracked down the course syllabus and learned that the curriculum includes discussion of STDs, mental health, prescription and street drugs, eating disorders, alcohol's impact on the central nervous system and those movies that show how black your lungs become after using tobacco. Bring it on. I want her to sit through an extended explanation of this instead of glossing over it on her own.

It took me a while to track someone down at the school district to answer my other questions.

Apparently testing out of the course is an option because some parents don't want their teens exposed to all of the content. And by self-study, one can skip sections and still pass. Great. Freedom of choice and all that.

The very nice lady at the district office told me that there is no academic advantage to testing out of the class; the only other option a student has during that period is be a teaching assistant. The easy decision became that much easier.

The thing is, I didn't plan on thinking about high school course options until it was closer to high school. And to do this, one needs to know what it takes to get into college. My blood pressure started rising.

This brings me to the next task I didn't plan on doing so soon: going to some college web sites and seeing exactly what the requirements were. Ugh. I got through the UC System and NYU before I felt a panic attack coming on.

I went into my daughter's room late that night and watched her sleep. It's when she looks youngest, the most innocent. I'm hanging on to that.


Barbara Goodson said...

Yes, hang on to it Les. I'm trying to do the same!

Sara said...

Me too! J can't wait to go off to college, but it chokes me up just thinking about not having her with us everyday anymore. We've got just 3 more years with her & then she'll be off & running. I'm conflicted because of course I want her to grow up and become a successful adult, but at the same time I selfishly want her to remain my little girl forever.

Ron Hutzul said...

I'm not 100% certain, buy you have been misinformed - Robbie took the course on-line through another school, (some university in Kansas I think), during the summer break - which then freed him up to take another, (more important and interesting) class during that period which directly impacted his college admissions...