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  1. Another Law & Order point here, given events on college campuses in recent years, all boys need to learn that stop means stop even if it doesn't sound like stop. This does not mean the OPs son is bad or evil, just that this is a teachable moment.
  2. I agree that context and circumstances are important. My family is athletic (except for me). So over the years a lot of balls and other objects have gotten tossed at people, probably some in the face. They know better than to do mom, who's inept, but anyone else in family and on a team would be expected to catch the thing. My husband when coaching once said, "If you are afraid of the ball, it will find you." Kids get hit by balls all the time. My oldest's first game of kid pitch he got hit square in the helmet, got knocked off his feet, but sprang right up and took first. I would hope that they know better than to do this randomly, but in a PE class, I can understand why a young man might decide to throw a ball. And at this age, kids have learned some of the unwritten rules of sports, in baseball, the pitcher on a high school team is aware that certain transgressions can and may well be punished by throwing at the opposing team members, and even lousy high school pitchers can throw 70. It certainly explains why good athletes at this level who wear glasses, either switch to contacts or get goggles. (and hey OP, if you are still reading, that might not be a bad idea, even though this incident sounds intentional there are lots of things that happen unintentionally). If the ball tosser's mom is okay, then I'm going to make an assumption that she knows her child and can make the right decision. Just like the OP can also assess this incident and decide is this something her child just needs her to say, "Well next time shut up already, it could have been worse." Or does he need something more? I don't know. Only she does. But both moms should parent for their children's future conduct.
  3. My thought picture is to help only the parent you can control. It is up to each parent to decide whether their child needs more help or just a parental talk. They need to evaluate based on more than one incident. For the OP, does her child go to far, push at people and not understand their reactions? I don't know. With teenagers it could be a one shot thing too. Only the OP and the parent of the other boy can evaluate.
  4. I think you've gotten lots of good advice, I used to do this thing I called "Law& Order Parenting" It was a way for me to think about events in children's lives vs. adult lives. In this case I'd fast forward about 6 or 7 years and ask so what happens if this occurs in the future. Suppose my kid is at an adult socialization venue. He mouths off to someone. They don't like it. They respond. Sure, the physical response is probably going to earn that person some jail time, especially if they have a weapon to use. So if they were my kid I'd be talking about that with them. BUT what about your kid in that future scenario? Well he could be dead, scared, confined to a wheelchair for life, etc. So while the legal system would see him as the victim there could be really tough real work consequences for mouthing off to the wrong person. So that's what I'd work with him on. You've told the other mother. You might let the adults in charge know what happened. It sounds like there might be too much down time in PE class. Maybe a few more laps should be run, push ups done, etc.
  5. I haven't posted in a really long time, but I have a need for information about how long it takes to buy a house in France. Here's the story: we are selling our house here in the US. A buyer has made an offer with a pretty long out closing date due to a house they are selling in France where they currently live and work. Does anyone know how long it takes to close a piece of property in France?
  6. I'd suggest that both you and he read The Teenage Liberation Handbook. It is the book for teen's unschooling and you will be pleasantly pleased by the high bar the author sets for what education is, but all the work and drive is the student's.
  7. I've heard this sort of thing from new people to our state. We are in the South and new folks will sometimes comment that everyone seems friendly but that breaking into groups is more difficult.
  8. I'm slowly making my way through the book of James wit Douglas Moo as my tour guide. He's heavy on socio-rhetorical commentary which I like. I've bottomed out on the anti-Federalist papers and I doubt I will continue with them. This means I should move onto the Civil War as Theological Conflict. And I have an ongoing project of studying debate going on. In case anyone is wondering, I've decided high school students should probably steer clear of doing critiques.
  9. I like Christopher's bio of his dad, and in college I had to write a psycho biography of somebody. I did Tolkein and used Jung as my psychologist. I used this book:
  10. The two lower levels are actually cheaper in our area compared to a similar course load at a pick and choose co-op run locally. The high school challenge course might be a bit more, but not a ton. So I do not find them expensive.
  11. I did have a small brain storm. How about how printing effected other movements in the time period: science, the reformation, government, etc. I think given his age, I'd pick one thing for him to focus on and I'd do that based on my and his bent. I actually read a book on Rococo art and the French Revolution, but I'm thinking that would be a bit too much for him. On the other hand if you are going to get to the French Revolution a study of the painter David and his interaction with the revolution in his art might be a small enough topic for a younger student (I've always been intrigued by David in part because he was seemingly at the center of the Revolution and yet manage to survive the terror something many of his fellows did not). His Tennis Court oath is one my favorite drawings (I am not nearly as fond of his final painting). I have heard that he had to keep editing the people shown in it. Also, if you get to that time period you might study American reactions and interplay with the French Revolution.
  12. I agree this is a hard age and this is a big time period. Maybe if you could tell us the specific topics you are covering, materials you'll be using, etc. it would help. For me, at least, I can only come up with the huge topics when I have such a broad time period, but if I knew you were going to focus on X I might be able to come up with something less difficult.
  13. This might beyond him, but I think the ongoing emergence of modern countries in this period is worth examining. For an older student I'd blend that together with a reformation question somewhat along the lines of did modern countries come about because of the reformation or were they already emerging? The comparison of the English system of government to France is also an interesting one. Both countries end up chopping off the head of one king, but at vastly different times and reasons. How did this come about? Why were they so different? In art you move from the high Renaissance to the Barque and there could be some fertile ground there. I find the Barque such a contrast to the emerging Enlightenment thought. In lit, we begin to see the first prose narratives that eventually will emerge as novels and later short stories. Why?
  14. Can you define what you mean by this time period? My understanding of modern history is that is all history after the Middle Ages. I have found over the years that most people mean something else.
  15. I think it can be worthwhile to go back and watch old sci/fi movies. You have to show some discrimination because there was a lot of B level dross, but 2001, The Day the Earth Stood Still, When Worlds Collide, Forbidden Planet, etc are interesting films.
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