|Actual photo of The Boy.|
My response to a similar school experience led me to become a silent wallflower. For the Boy, such a compromise was never really on the table. As those of you have met him know - you know - the Boy is THE BOY, in all caps, the guy who puts a big smile on your face, causes you to laugh to the point of tears during an rpg session, can drive a teacher insane, and has the ability to attract every bully within a ten mile radius that is crusin' to destroy the different and special.
Near the end of the year, enough was enough, and we pulled him out of school and spend some quiet, calm time home schooling and emotionally recovering.
Today was the first day back to school - but this time, no brick and mortar school, and no home schooling. He's attending an online school. Enrolling was a bit of a hurdle, but when that was completed, they sent us books, school supplies, and a computer. Pretty nifty set up - especially since it's a public school so all of that was free (well, we gotta send them back.) It's kind of like home schooling, but with the heavy lifting done by the state.
After this first day he was absolutely ecstatic. He gets to interact with teachers on the phone and on the web in a variety of ways. The kids even get to chat with one another before classes - which are flexible time-wise. And one of the things he seemed most excited about - he doesn't have to stick with the rest of the pack - he can go do lessons ahead of time. He's already two lessons ahead on the first day, and we can see his progress right there, live and online as he chugs along.
I'm so happy he's liking it so far. I'll be doing some supplemental education in the evenings. Since we are learning to create Pathfinder characters, he'll need to learn algebra and pre-calculus.
HA! That was a joke. Sort of. ;)
Things are looking up.