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  1. Hugs. It's so hard to know how to guide a kid who isn't going to be competitive for any type of skilled employment and might even have trouble keeping up at an unskilled job. I have been fortunate that my sons clearly qualify as disabled and have access to job training and sheltered employment opportunities. But I have friends whose kids don't have an ID but are not employable due to their ASD, that's a very hard place to be. I don't have any practical advice, but know that you have all my sympathy.
  2. Online. My library has a fabulous collection of ebooks and audiobooks. They often get the electronic versions before they get paper.
  3. That's cool. Unfortunately, none of our local schools offer it as a major. UT offers a Data Analytics Certificate. They also offer a Risk Management certificate. But, she still will need to pick a concentration for her BBA and one option is MIS.
  4. Thanks! My dd is likely to major in Actuarial Science but she wants to do a double major in the business school. Her potential majors there include MIS (taking as many data science classes as possible) or finance or possibly even marketing (they have several data analysis classes). She's planning on going to an actuarial science camp this summer and I can help her find MOOCs for finance and marketing, but my IT experience is limited to a bit of Cobol programming. I don't know what would be a good, short sampler to help her pick a major. The business major isn't super critical because you don't declare your area until junior year. You have time to take the intro classes in several areas (they're requirements anyway because of the way BBAs are structured). But she's got a month off from her DE classes and she'd like to sample some classes to see what she likes best. Since she's going in with her core requirements complete, she can get started early with her major classes so that she doesn't have to take them when she studies abroad.
  5. If you want a class that forces him to speak, there's none better than Homeschool Spanish Academy. It's one on one (but not ridiculously expensive because they're in Guatemala). That can be a good thing if your student is willing to dive in and speak Spanish or it can be paralyzing. If the student is willing to make mistakes and keep on chugging, they will get you over the hump of knowing grammar but not being able to use it to being able to use your Spanish in real life. Dd could read and write decently before she started with them (she'd done Spanish 4 at the defunct Landry Academy) but she was too intimidated to speak Spanish, even at home, or maybe especially at home. Now she's done twice a week lessons with them for 2 years and she is willing to speak Spanish with our relatives. They placed her in Level 3 when she started and she's done their grammar as a review and extension. They cover topics that aren't normally in American Spanish as a foreign language books in the upper levels. Once she finishes up the last couple of lessons, they offer tutoring in reading and writing to prep for the AP exams. We plan to stay with them until dd graduates.
  6. There are lots and lots and lots of self-paced, introductory level courses in English. That's the problem. Does this seem like a good choice or would a programming class be better? Should it be Java or Python or C+?
  7. I don't know anything at all about IT certifications other than they exist. Are any of these appropriate to start in high school? Could you get a part time job with one?
  8. My dd would like to use her month off her college classes to try out some MOOCs or other self-taught options to explore possible majors. What would you recommend to get a taste of Management Information Systems? A regular AP programming class? (She has taken a high school level intro to Python, but she's doesn't program for fun.) Web design? Intro to databases? She doesn't need any credit and I'd prefer something free or very cheap since she may not finish the class.
  9. We're confused. Dd did well, 99th percentile overall (99 verbal, 97 math) but her scores and, therefore, selection index (207) would not have qualified for Commended last year. Does anyone know what the deal is with the percentiles? Commended is supposed to be the top 1% of scorers, and I would think that would mean the 99th percentile but that's not what the selection index would indicate. In any case, dd will qualify for the National Hispanic Recognized Student and that's plenty good enough, but the percentile/score/selection index disconnect is a bit weird.
  10. This must be very regional. Here in Texas, it's relatively easy to find a handyman or people to do renovation work. (I'll admit that they are rarely documented and their English is often limited.) I'm shocked that it is so hard in California although the rents in your area might make it very unattractive for jack of all trades handymen.
  11. The thing I'd worry about with a CC chem class is how hard it is to get a good grade. It tends to be a weeder class for nursing and pre-engineering students, so it could have a brutal curve. If the school offers both a non-science major chem and a major chem, I'd tend toward the non-major class and have a student retake the major class at their 4 year if they need it (because it can also be a weeder class at a 4 year school). I'm not opposed to taking hard classes, but they should be the hard classes for your own major, not a distributional requirement and not a class you'll have to retake anyway. About a third of my dd's Calc 1 class withdrew, including her DE study buddy. It is a hard class because it is the gateway for the pre-engineers. The girl just could not afford a C on her permanent record.
  12. This was Christmas Eve dinner in my family growing up too. My grandma and dad liked to eat pickled herring, gah! Thankfully, my mom would make baked sole for the rest of us. Also, no mushroom soup, ours was buckwheat and bowties with mushrooms in it. Now, we have our big holiday meal on Christmas Eve Venezuelan style with dh's family. Hallacas (plantain leave wrapped tamales), pork roast and pan de jamon (sweet bread stuffed with ham, olives and raisins.)
  13. They probably did a search of enrolled students of any age by geographic boundary. You live in their enrollment area even though your ds didn't attend the school. Farrar's right about the cost of bulk mailings, but it's only cheap to do if you generate your addresses from an existing data base without a human having to go through it to weed out the special cases. It's fine to recycle the solicitation without giving it another thought.
  14. They are different tests. Not even the College Board is lame enough to reuse the same test days apart, although they have reused questions.
  15. If you need some holiday snark, David Sedaris has got you covered:
  16. Great minds think alike! I got Trinqueta a Contigo water bottle and matching travel mug for St. Nicholas. It wasn't a great sale, but 25% is 25% and now she'll be all matchy matchy on CC days.
  17. All the Texas publics admit by school at least, often by major for the most popular majors.
  18. I'd list by subject instead of by year. This is a very strong transcript! You really don't have to worry.
  19. Maybe it will look better if you list the classes by subject? Will you have at least 4x4 (math, science, soc sci, English) plus 2 years of foreign language?
  20. I've really enjoyed this thread and I wanted to throw this idea into the mix. I think T's top choice might be her reach, match and safety (or wild card, medium and high chance of admission, thanks Sebastian!) all rolled into one. Some schools have students apply to a school or major and allow two choices. That's the case with dd's school of choice (UT Austin). The business school is pretty competitive and I'd say it's a medium for her. Their honors program is a crap shoot because it's based on more than stats, it's not a sure thing for anyone. Her second choice major, math--actuarial science (well, her planned double major so not really a second choice) is not controlled entry so much easier to be admitted for, you just go into the general studies pool. If she didn't get into the business school, she'd do econ and a business certificate (which might be better anyway) instead of a BBA. If something totally crazy happened, the worst that she'd be offered is their "do one year at a different school in our system and transfer with at least a 3.2 option" so there's also a "they take basically everyone" option too. Big schools can be so complicated and each school or department can be so different that you really need to dig deeply to know your options. I've only done this much research on her top pick. I've got a plan mapped out at her second choice and looked over her third choice. I can't imagine trying to go into this much detail with more than 3 schools.
  21. I think it's fine to treat DE as though it were block scheduling for high school, so 4 + 3 is fine (a full load would be 4 + 4). I wasn't sure if the Precalc was last year or this year, if it's this year, you really have nothing to worry about.
  22. When did you live in Guatemala and Bolivia? The rise of the Internet and cable TV has made a huge difference in the reach of pop culture in Latin America. I can see the change just from the 90s when I lived in Buenos Aires to today. In 1990 there was no pan regional entertainment complex centered in Miami, that's emerged over the last 30 years and has made a HUGE difference in people's perceptions of common culture. Another point to consider is that climate determines a lot of how we live. Certainly Maine and Arizona are very different regions because of their climates, but they do share a common cultural identity. Just as Mainers and Arizonans watch the same TV shows and listen to the same Top 40 songs, Bolivians and Guatemalans also listen to the same pop songs and watch the same telenovelas. I don't agree that American tribes should not be singled out. We have a unique legal relationship with them because of treaty obligations. We don't have those same moral debts with indigenous groups from other countries.
  23. I completely disagree that Mexican, Ecuadorian and Brazilian cultures do not share a lot. First off, except for Brazil, most LA countries speak Spanish and share their pop culture. That's why Spanish pop songs so often have the national shout outs. Like this: The Organization of American States is also quite influential in LA politics. Their report is the reason that Evo Morales resigned in Bolivia. Latin American literature is not divided by countries. Best sellers are sold everywhere so it's easy to get the latest Fernando Aramburu or Elena Poniatowska (who is Mexican) in a bookstore in Bogota. Heck, you can order them on American Amazon as soon as they're published because there is enough of a market here. Telenovelas get reshown everywhere as do variety shows like "El Show de Don Francisco". Jaime Bayly hosts a political talk show from Miami that covers all of Latin America. And CNN en Espanol is broadcast throughout the region. Refugees have had to move to other countries in the region. In the 30s Spanish nationalists had to flee Franco. In the 70s, Argentines, Chileans and Uruguayans had to move or be disappeared. In the 90s, Colombians had to flee the guerilla war. Now, Venezuelans have to flee economic collapse and Central Americans have to flee gang violence bordering on an undeclared war. In my Venezuelan MBA class, there were people from almost every country in South America. I think part of the problem of how to statistically classify Hispanic/Latino people is precisely their huge racial diversity while maintaining a common culture. For most groups in the US, the usual racial categories sort of work (yes, Asian is ridiculously broad and their is no box for the Arab world which has the same racial diversity issue as "Hispanics"). But if the Hispanic check box goes away, how do my kids express that they are mixed race but predominately white? How does Texas keep track of the largest demographic group among high school students? What does someone with significant indigenous ancestry mark? Are they "Native American" even though they're not from the US? Does that make sense or do we end up with something like the Asian group which ends up being a catch all of many different groups? What consequence would that have for recognized tribal members in the US? This is a very thorny issue and probably the race and separate ethnicity idea is the best way to approach it. We might want to consider expanding the ethnicity categories to other groups, though so that Arabs, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, South Asians, etc. could self identify.
  24. Every Great Courses class comes with an extensive syllabus that has summaries of the lectures and suggested reading, usually broken down into essential and extras.
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