Comments: Get Me Off the Crazy Bus

You loved YOUR childhood? HA! In MY high school everyone took the same classes. I had idiots in my class. Did you ever compete with an idiot? MY childhood was better!!!

Posted by Angus of Lochalin at May 28, 2010 09:22 PM

Of course I took classes with idiots! That's why you had me pulled out of regular Earth Science. Remember... "Are you Chiiineeese?" Good Lord. What a dork that kid was.

But our advanced classes were nothing like these honors classes he's taking. I read through his poetry and lit requirements and think, "This is HIGH SCHOOL?" Holy crap.

Posted by Bou at May 28, 2010 09:28 PM

Geez Woman...Just Chill a bit...

They will all do just fine whether you fret or not....

Just make sure no one gets anyone pregnant, and no one becomes chronically addicted to pot or alcohol....and the rest will work itself out....

PT

Posted by P'cola Titan at May 28, 2010 10:31 PM

Hear, hear. It's all waaaay too much. For the mothers especially. My goal this summer is for my kids to perfect the art of daydreaming. Lounging. Wasting time. Watching the grass grow. THAT'S how to spend a childhood.

Posted by Leigh at May 29, 2010 05:57 AM

Especially hold off on driving lessons when you only

have 1 working vehicle. Mistakes are made when

learning to drive & damaging your only vehicle is a

really BAD idea.

Sine Nomine

Posted by Sine Nomine at May 29, 2010 07:52 AM

Aside from everything else you touched on...I learned to drive at ten years of age...on a three on the tree Ford Falcon. Unbelievable...but I know people who still don't understand a clutch. Can't drive unless it's automatic. Unbelievable.

Posted by Yabu at May 29, 2010 08:08 AM

And the whole of it is within 5 years of graduating college none of it will matter. Because once you hit the 3-5 year mark of getting out of college it's your work experience that gets you a job not which college you went to or which classes you took or what your GPA was.

Posted by Quality Weenie at May 29, 2010 03:09 PM

which means our kid won't get into even a crappy ass school, since her maternal unit and asshole step-father are content with her Ds, and we're not allowed to be involved in her schooling at all.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at May 29, 2010 04:22 PM

There are times where I wished all my kids were as motivated as yours when they were younger. I wish I could've been able to cheer them on in their endeavors to do their absolute best but warned them not to burn themselves out in the process, to be able to stop and enjoy their childhood and life for life's sake, rather than watch them settle for mediocrity just to "get by".

Posted by diamond dave at May 29, 2010 11:09 PM

PT- You're not here yet. Just wait. Things are different than when you and I were in school. BTW, I'm already having the pregnancy talk. "If you have sex in high school, EXPECT to be a Dad." I'm firmly against HS sex, but I can't be stupid. I have no control. I only have control over things like, their not driving a Ford Flex with fold down seats and mood lighting...

Leigh- I so want that. Bones will have that. Ringo will be busy with his volunteer work. Mr T wants nothing more than to take Algebra I this summer. Where did that kid come from?

Sine- OK, that was dang funny!

Yabu- As my Dad always said, "I can't stand the thought that there could be something out there than I can't drive." I learned to drive a clutch at 18. My next vehicle that does not require the hauling of mammals, will be a stick.

QW- Absolutely. I just need to make sure they can get a job. Nobody asks where I went to school or what my GPA was. Now they just call me for a job, because it's ME. They don't care that I went to some small school... which, btw, I love so much, that if I were to win the lottery, I'd leave them a million dollars.

WB- Well, she just may have to take some remedial courses. I think that's what the hardest job of the Junior Colleges is, is to get kids ready for college because for some reason their hs education didn't. For what it's worth, I'm a HUGE proponent of the JC program. Junior Colleges do amazing things...

DD- Point taken. And I didn't mean to sound ungrateful for my kids. It's quite the opposite, so hopefully it did not come across that way. It is the case of our society and how it's all jacked up.

I just miss kids being kids. Once you hit 13, if you want to do something great in college, that life is over. I think it's... sad.

Posted by Bou at May 30, 2010 12:10 PM

I went to an Ivy League, with absolutely no AP classes. I had a 4.00 (plus). I didn't get into Harvard...why? I wasn't well-rounded enough. You don't have to have just grades to get into the tops schools. It helps, but they are looking at other things too. Ringo's music, the boys' involvement in scouts, Bones' love for drama...

Posted by oddybobo at May 30, 2010 07:47 PM

Bou: I don't understand it either. You know that student I told you about ... the one who got the full-ride scholarship? He didn't get accepted to the university here in town - the one he wanted to go to so he could stay at home and save on housing expenses. They said his GPA was "just at the cut-off".

He did, however, get into the University of WA ... and they have given him sophomore status on account of the college classes he's already taken. That's really strange, since last I heard UW had stricter admission standards.

Posted by PeggyU at May 30, 2010 11:39 PM

Anytime, hon, anytime. And I think all 3 of them are going to be fine. Mostly because you've given them the gift of being able to steer their own ships with just a bit of good guidance.

Posted by caltechgirl at May 31, 2010 01:26 AM