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  1. or own a car, or even drive.... First caveat -this is my hypothesis from what I've observed around here and in neighboring France....(I'm happy to adjust it accordingly) Definitions: *Most teens - that are on the university track in Switzerland or just in high school in France (as they go til 18 yo) *Here - during the school year in Switzerland and France *Do not work part time or even have volunteer jobs - in the university track group of students.... BUT in Switzerland, as I was partly defining by saying in the university track, there are apprenticeships which start at about 16 yo...Those students don't go to regular high schools - instead they work part time and go to school a couple of days a week or work several weeks then go to school for a couple of weeks...Then there are also schools where they will have to do an internship/stage for half a year in some kind of job... So I'm really trying to talk about university bound high school age students as most (as far as I can see - though I'm willing to change my opinion if others present otherwise) are not holding parttime jobs on the side, nor are they doing volunteer work....during the school year. And even during the summer, in Switzerland I don't see kids working the whole summer long. They might do a two week 'stage' somewhere, or one month doing something....In the restaurants, it tends to be adults doing the serving - adults who do that their whole lives and get paid a normal wage (tips are just a little bit extra, not the main part of the income). Here the driving age is 18 yo, unless your parents can afford a car which will be set at 45 km/hour (about 30 mi/hr)....so that is for the few really rich kids....I think this is a huge difference in time expenditure compared to the US...But I know in the US with suburbs being so poorly served by public transport, extra curriculars (which aren't part of school here, eg competitive sports aren't organized by the school), etc, it ends up being very handy for parents when the young can drive themselves.... I got thinking about this from the thread on the General Ed board about International education - thinking about time involved in going to and from the job, distraction of the job, etc....and time to learn foreign languages....do science, etc....what are the other factors that can have a huge effect on available time for studies....... If this has already been discussed please link me to the thread - I know I've been absent a lot....
  2. Hi again, I am the treasurer of a Cub Scout pack at my son's elementary school. Over the year since I began volunteering, I have become the webmaster, the camp card coordinator, and the advancement chair due to attrition of other volunteers. During the first year of our new little pack leadership, we've gone from 10 volunteers to 5. We have 65 Scouts, plus siblings, from about 50 families. So, 90% of the families don't do squat. I'm frustrated and burned out. Before I volunteer for next year's leadership (assuming they straighten out the tax mess I unknowingly inherited as treasurer), I am trying to get the Cubmaster and Committee Chair to consider requiring Scout parents to contribute X amount of volunteer hours to the pack as a condition of signing up their Scout. Clearly 90% of the parents think it's fine to drop and run and let the other 5 of us do it all. I'm tired. Asking them individually to help with various events this year has been met with virtually no response. I've seen that other groups on the web (American Heritage Girls, some Scout troops, etc) do require parents to contribute time in return for the privilege of enrolling their Scout. I'd like to hear from leaders in packs/troops/groups that have this policy how it has worked for them. Has it been helpful? Are there problems I might not anticipate? Does it work? I'm still trying to fix my situation instead of quitting and running away. Overall, I think Scouts has been good for my son, and I'd like to continue with the pack at our school. Thanks, GA Cub Mom
  3. In helping my daughter fill out her service forms for Homeschool National Honor Society, I was wondering how her service experience compares to other teens.
  4. I mean, parents want to have these great and spectacular events at church, 4-H, and homeschooling but when you ask what they are going to do they declare they are too busy. I've even started noticing this in the kids. If I ask them to help pick up trash or something simple they act like they are "entitled" to do nothing for themselves or others. Where did this come from? Is it new on the scene or just something that is bugging me lately? The very parents who complain are the ones who did nothing to help out. :confused:
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