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More school problems

February 28, 2012


Now that it’s been a day and I’ve calmed down a bit, I can talk about it.

After all the discussions and heart to heart talks and promises of things to come being different, Angelica lied to me about school again. Far from doing well, as she claimed, she hasn’t been handing in assignments and her average is now 60.

I was once again completely taken by surprise when the school coordinator called me to let me know her schedule will be changed as she is being dropped from the IBO program and back to regular.

No one can be forced to learn more than the bare minimum and no one can be made to have a bright future that they don’t want.

So I guess my work is done.

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    Paul Mar 09, 2012

    Time to completely remove all video games from the house?

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    gabychka Mar 12, 2012

    More like daily follow up on deliverables. One distraction can be replaced by another. It sucks to do as a parent… I mean REALLY SUCKS… because it’s time consuming and annoying to have to micromanage. You can fire a bad employee that isn’t meeting expectations, but your kids are for-evah, and I’m learning that the best thing for them to learn to be productive long term, is structure, regular follow up, and being held accountable. Gosh that’s not fun, but it works.

    That’s not to say Alex hasn’t already done these things. Some kids are more stubborn than others in their desire to avoid elbow grease. Ultimately though, it does come down to following up daily rather than waiting for an interim report or call from the teachers.

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      Paul Mar 13, 2012

      Interesting point, Gaby. I remember some people in high school and university who would expend enormous amounts of effort to avoid work. Sounds dumb, doesn’t it?

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