We’ve all suffered through sex ed classes in school. Sweaty-pitted boys and flushed-faced girls staring at an equally-embarrassed twenty-something gym teacher trying to explain reproduction in the stalest way he can. I didn’t learn about sex in that class; I barely heard what the teacher was saying through all the giggles. I don’t think this torturous experience is much different for anybody, and although the maturity levels of the students being taught probably won’t change, the curriculum might. 40 sex and health education experts are calling for “The National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12” to be implemented in classrooms nationwide.
It’s not uncommon that homeschoolers opt to place kids in public or private school once they reach high school. This can be due to circumstances changing or just because this is what they planned all along. Well, before you consider homeschooling all the way through, consider that high schools may not accept the homeschool credits.
Quite a number of my friends regretted not being involved enough in high school. They picked one activity or were too involved with hanging out with friends to do much more than attend classes. Personally, I am disappointed in myself for doing too many activities in high school. My friends and I padded our resumes because we thought that many, many activities would make us more desirable to colleges—truth be told, we competed with each other to see who could be the busiest.
Sitting at my desk in the back of the classroom, it’s fairly easy for me to tell which kids are engaging in the content on their laptops, and which are not. However, for the occasional walk-through by an administrator, as long as the kids faces are pointed toward the screen and they’re quiet (or talking in low tones without laughter or enjoyment) then they’re probably engaged in the work. If they look busy (and focused). However, if that same administrator saw the essays that come back at the end of a week long research period, they would understand that “business” does not equal work any more than it equals learning.