posted on Jun, 26 2012 @ 08:23 PM
I was schooled in Tulsa, Oklahoma and dropped out of school before finishing the 9th grade.
Throughout elementary school, I was placed under these "advanced" and "gifted" classes, tested very frequently and did great as a whole. Even in
middle school I was in advanced classes, and in my 9th grade year, AP classes.
I remember being very proficient in mathematics in my elementary years. Winning small awards for being the fastest in my school at multiplying,
dividing, adding and subtracting. I even won a few "art" awards throughout that period.
In kindergarten, I remember the teacher asking me to draw the table we were sitting at, along with us. (A scene from an outer perspective, now that I
think of it.)
It was a lego-top table, she had scanned the image and showed other teachers throughout the school and I was continuously praised for the rest of my
time there. I guess drawing dimensional objects at my age was a little above average, but I never understood WHY.
This school, though, was not in the same area of Tulsa my middle and high school was.
In 3rd grade, I was kicked out and had to go to another elementary school in a slightly less-wealthy area.
I was closer to being the "minority" in those areas, to be blunt.
As I associated more with the "bad" kids, I had become less academic. I had the ability to learn, but didn't really WANT to have to experience the
things I had to in order to acquire such basic knowledge.
After elementary school, my middle school was MUCH worse.
I WAS the minority and surely felt that way.
Some of these other kids, though, they were so smart but lacked the proper teachings or surroundings.
I remember failing 8th grade because I skipped so frequently and had to redo it.
These schools kept getting worse and worse as the years went on. It really seemed as if the board of education cared nothing of actual education.
Coming to California, I was incredibly flabbergasted to find out that my ex-girlfriend's younger sisters were STILL ALLOWED TO GO ON TO THE NEXT
GRADE WITHOUT EVEN PASSING.
In fact, they fail every year!
This is not an exaggeration. I don't know if it's that way in every school district of California, but it happens here in LA and on more than one
occasion for these girls. Elementary school, middle school, AND high school. (In fact, my ex-girlfriend told me that she failed the 8th grade but
still made it to high school when she was younger.)
I can only imagine how often it slides with every other child. I've come across more adults in California that have asked me how to spell things, how
to READ things, and how to multiply things, than I have ANYWHERE else.
You can see I'm not the full-on idiot the populous would expect a dropout to be; I learned more in the first few years of being a dropout than I did
through all of my time in middle school and one half-year in high school.
You cannot blame it on JUST the schools - sometimes children can't be controlled, ever.
The changes shouldn't just be in schools, whole towns need to be changed.
This obviously won't happen, so I 100% agree with homeschooling.
I'm currently teaching myself physics, astronomy, and biology.
Aspiring to be an astrophysicist, being a dropout does NOT require you lose sight of your dreams.
My goals in life have become much larger than I'd ever expected them to be.
I could go on about my little sister's suicide and my middle school being the cause, but that would be outright ridiculous.
Children shouldn't have to be forced into the school systems.
It does more harm than good.
For socializing, though, children centers should exist - places that are mandatory like school currently is, but strictly recreational and not a daily
Just my 5 cents, I guess.