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  1. That's awful. What a stupid hill for the Dept of Ed to die on. No wonder John Taylor Gatto was disgusted by the whole system. If we lived in New York, I'd have to have my daughter get her diploma through Beach High School or another organization like that.
  2. I have a friend who has used it for her kids. She's had nothing but positive things to say about it. Her kids seem to like it, too. Both her graduates were accepted into very competitive universities.
  3. Why is it MY standard for a high school diploma? Because I'm a homeschooler and I can. Because I *do* care about not wasting her time with subjects that will have limited value to her life. We could waste time painfully slogging through algebra (and for her, yes, it would be a waste) or we can focus on mastering all the math she'll actually use (including a small dab of algebra). "To function you probably need to read and arithmetic, if those." If those? That comes across as pretty condescending. Let me break it down for you. Literacy, arithmetic, and being able to write coherently are essential if you want to make a living wage, and participate in community life. History is important because it puts our lives and politics in context. Scientific literacy is important because it helps us understand the world around us, make informed decisions about our health, and think critically about current events (e.g. climate change). But most of algebra isn't necessary unless your student is interested in it or is looking to enter a specific profession that uses it. It's not wrong to require it, but neither is it wrong to choose another path. Algebra as a specific, universal requirement is ridiculous. Force-feeding all students a subject that has minimal practical use for most of them diverts their energies from building skills (cognitive and practical) that actually matter. It's a public school mindset, and my daughter is not in public school.
  4. If it's the group I'm thinking about, you're talking with parents whose students are far more likely than average to struggle with academics generally. Is algebra good? Yes. Is it essential for life? No. The only algebra I use in my adult life is mentally solving for x. I have a friend who was never able to successfully learn algebra at all, and she said she's never felt the loss, has been able to manage life just fine without it. It's definitely useful for certain fields (some of which are very blue collar/trades oriented), but nearly every math problem I run into in my everyday life can be solved with arithmetic. So, I do find the pearl-clutching over the idea of no algebra kind of funny. I'm considering doing a year-long algebra & geometry concepts course for my struggling learner (not college-bound). That will cover the tiny bit of algebra she'll actually use. I think a course in understanding statistics in the real world would be really useful. Logic puzzles are helpful, too. But, quadratic equations as necessary for successful adulting? Spare me.
  5. Yes. Or, since you're really close, you could add in a "final project" done at home for each and push them up to .5 credit. But, yes, I've seen .25 credit.
  6. Can you talk with admin or DSS and see if they can give your students temporary visitor passes just for the days that they need access?
  7. Just use the library. Read aloud lots of books - fiction, science, history... whatever he likes. For math, see if your library has books by Greg Tang and the MathStart readers (Stuart Murphy). Play Chutes & Ladders and Uno. Make books together (he dictates and illustrates, you scribe). Kids learn more quickly through play. So... play.
  8. No, you're not missing anything. Your daughter gets enough schoolwork done while still having time to be an interesting person and have an actual life. I call that a win.
  9. Back in the early 70s, I learned to read without instruction at some point before entering kindergarten. I have no idea how I learned, but I just did. Reading was like breathing. We never went to the library, but we did have a book about the 3 little kittens who lost their mittens 🙂 (probably some other books, too, but I don't remember them). Someone read the kittens book to me over and over and I think that's how I figured out the code. Once I knew the code, I just took off from there. My younger daughter is a pretty natural reader. I don't remember doing anything formal with her. For fun, she watched the Letter Factory videos, PBS programming, and played early levels of Starfall. Her reading naturally improved the older she got.
  10. What are the requirements for the CC? Here in CA, you have to be 18 and take the accuplacer. The accuplacer is strictly for placement; admissions doesn't hinge on getting a certain score.
  11. Sorry to hijack, but this thread makes me miss ❤️ Hunter ❤️ Has she been around lately?
  12. If I can do it, you can do it. It's higher stakes than younger grades, but it's really not any more difficult. Just sketch out a plan in pencil and go for it. I can't afford to outsource either, but my 15 yo is doing science through Virtual Homeschool Group, which is free. They use the Apologia books. If you donate / volunteer by July she'll probably be able to get into a live class. Otherwise, the self-paced classes are really good, too. They also have math, personal finance, history, etc. Also, if you're concerned about expenses in general, on the General Board, there's a "Free Resources" thread pinned. There are a ton of things (complete courses and supplements) for high school. They really do help to stretch your curriculum budget. Best wishes! You can do this! ❤️
  13. Since he passed the rest of the GED, please don't feel guilty about issuing him a standard diploma. My daughter, who will be issued a standard diploma by me, may only have Basic Math, Consumer Math, and Math for the World of Work on her transcript (we'll see...). Also, I recommend doing a subject transcript, rather than a chronological one. Community college may be easier to enroll in than a trade school, and they will likely already have a pretty robust set of services for disabled students already in place. Is that an option for him? Perhaps while he's waiting for his job training, he could apply at Goodwill. They're set up to accommodate workers with all types of disabilities. Last, here's a list of jobs from Occupational Outlook that only require on-the-job training. Maybe one of them will pique his interest. I wish you the best ❤️
  14. McRuffy: colorful, short lessons. I haven't used Horizons math. CLE felt overwhelming to my distractible kid.
  15. I'll suggest something a little different. If he does mainly just need review, what about something like AGS Consumer Math? It takes pretty much all of the arithmetic from K-6 and applies it to real world situations he'll eventually run into. We're using it this year for my older daughter and I *love* it. Some of the lessons have a lot of problems and she struggles with speed and working memory, so I'll have her do the first 5 by hand to keep her skills fresh and the rest with a calculator. The downside is that it's a little expensive if you buy it new. Amazon has used copies, though. You'll want both the textbook and the workbook. The answer key is super expensive, so to correct his work I'd just use a calculator or get the Photomath app for your phone. Another review option I like is Mastering Essential Math Skills. It's simple, straightforward, and gets the job done. The author has teaching videos to go along with each lesson.
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