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Clyde Said:


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There is no way to tell on this information. If you're interested in arcane philosophy, no, you probably won't get a good job with that. If you're interested in electrical engineering, sure, you'll probably get a good job with that. After you get a college degree, no one cares if you had a GED or not. But having a GED makes it a bit harder to get into a good college, depending the reasons you got it.

William Said:


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Whether or not you can take the GED at 16 depends on your state. If you already know everything they're teaching you, great - you can easily get a 4.0 and spend your copious free time doing something really impressive to get into a top college instead of dropping out, getting a GED, and going to community college.

Dennis Said:

How can I convice my dad about me joining?!?

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I'm all for forging your own path...but it doesn't sound like he's going to change his mind for anything.

It sounds more like you're going to have to wait another year. If so, consider that year as an opportunity to get in the best possible shape you can so that boot camp won't be as hard on you.

Geraldine Said:

I need help writing my book?

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Don't drop out. Stay in school. Pace yourself, and write slowly. Maybe you could write the climax on another piece of paper, then write the beginning. Try taking creative writing and drama courses. Good luck and let me know when that book gets out!

Edna Said:

High school alternatives?

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You have way more freedom and many more options than you may think!

You're posting in the Homeschooling section, so I'm going to guess you're looking for information on it.

First, be sure to look up the homeschooling laws in your state...each state gets to decide their education laws. Local homeschool support groups are pretty good for keeping up on this; try Googling your nearest metro city with the words “homeschool support” to find a few near you.

The next thing to realize is that there's a whole spectrum of what's called "homeschool." Some people sign up with an online version of public school; that’s really technically not “homeschool,” since you're counted as public school student and you’re assigned a teacher, a strict schedule, and predetermined workload assigned by the school district, etc. The Dirty Little Secret here is that the district gets to keep the federal funds for you, as you’re a public school student this way. (Quite obviously, your school district will like this option best. Often when one queries the school as to the options available for “homeschool,” the school administrators will smile sweetly and mention just such an arrangement, conveniently omitting the rest of your options. This “lie by omission” quietly implies that this is the one and only way “homeschooling is done.” There’s a quite a debate in the homeschooling community about whether or not this constitutes an effort by the educational bureaucracy to redefine the meaning of homeschool, and what effect that would have on legislation and regulation of more traditional homeschool. But I digress.)

Thankfully, the rigged game isn't the only one in town. Another route chosen by some people is to buy materials from the curriculum companies and enroll with online schools, but they're "independent" of the school districts, and they don't owe anyone a darned thing...their test scores (if any; few homeschoolers in the traditional sense are obligated to take state standardized tests) are their own business, as is the pace, order or depth at which they choose to go through the material.

Others choose to mix and match from places that offer a "curriculum-in-a-box." Caveat Emptor on this one...and it will depend heavily on how you learn best as to whether or not a particular course or kit works well for you. Others decide to create their own curriculum, based on their own personal criteria.

Still other people endorse what they call "unschooling," and they throw out all the textbooks and tests altogether and simply follow what interests them in a more holistic way. (See the writings of John Holt, or Google "unschooling" for more on that theory of education.) A good book on the subject is “The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education,” by Grace Llewellyn. You would probably LOVE this book! Even if you don’t hold with what the author has to say, the point of view she has is dramatically different and can be a great springboard to help you get in touch with what you believe school and learning should be like. The book also outlines a very nice reference for curriculum, as well as chapters about dealing with your school, convincing your parents, and getting a social life. There’s a also a big section on interviews with college admissions officers, and what they see as pros and cons when they’re looking at a homeschooled student’s application. It's meant to be a very usable book.

Also know that lots of homeschooled kids take college courses while they're in high school. (High schools call this “dual enrollment.”) By the time they graduate from high school, they have an Associates Degree and then they transfer to the university of their choice. Not all of them do that, but many do. The only caveat on that is that it COULD affect your financial aid in the future, so it would be worth checking on that aspect.

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