What was your school like, education wise?

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/06/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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How many schools did you attend growing up?

What country were they in?

Did you face any educational problems? How? Why?

What did you do to overcome those problems?

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Becky - posted on 06/06/2011

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From kindergarten to grade 3, I attended a different school every year. Then, in grade 4, I started attending the boarding school in Cote d'Ivoire, where I attended for the rest of my schooling except for grade 8, when we were back in Canada.
School has always been easy for me. Math was my weakest subject, but I still got B's in it. I think I got a pretty decent education. When we came back to Canada when I was in grade 8, I was miles ahead of my classmates. I'm pretty lost when it comes to Canadian history though, because the school I went to had an American curriculum.
I did have a bit of a harder time when I went to university because all the "right" answers I'd learned in my 8 years in a Christian school and year in Bible college were no longer the right answeres. But I wouldn't say I struggled, I just had to work a little harder.

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My experiences are very similar to Krista's. I got a pretty good public education. My children we attend the same schools my husband and I did, except that they are better now. About six years ago my town broke away from the larger school district that it was a part of. We have amazing community support, high property taxes to fund the schools, and the schools can afford to keep only the best teachers. Also, the teachers write and re-write the curriculum each summer. Oh, and the district has been named best in the state since breaking away from the larger district. It's not perfect. No system is. But its pretty darn good.

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wow.......... yeah that is an issue. I dealt with a lot of bullying growing up and people don't really understand how even feeling like an outcast can have such a huge emotional impact on an undeveloped childs mind.

We are so immature at that age, we do not connect things always in the right way. It is also as if our brains do not make the proper connections we need to even if the answer to fix ourselves or our problem at that age is very simple!

My highschool was that small, about 350 too and I knew 1 who committed suicide while we were there. Everyone said 'I don't get it, she seemed so happy. she had friends' but people don't understand that it doesn't always matter. Friends may not be the best of friends and depression comes on quickly, harshly and carries over your life swiftly if you're not careful.

Thanks for your experiance. Very interesting.

Rosie - posted on 06/07/2011

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i went to the same school k-12. i am from iowa. i did not face any ACADEMIC problems. my school was and still is excellent. not only do we continually go above state and national average for test scores, we also did very well in other areas, like sports, academic decathalon, speech and choir. we won our state championship in football 2 years in a row, made it to the quarter or semi finals the other two, placed many wrestlers in the state tournament, track both girls and boys, volleyball has won the state championship past couple of years, and went every year when i was there. we won the academic decathalon, had a few people win first place in state speech, had an all-state choir. and since my school is small, MOST of the people who excelled in academics were also the ones excelling in sports. it's a very well rounded community. however, bullying has always been a problem there. i was tormented, so were others. there were THREE suicides from highschoolers this school year alone. one of them even killed himself in the school bathroom. for a school with about 350 people, that's a shit load. something needs to be done about that, most definintely.

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Before this I cannot remember: I went to at least 2 different schools in second grade. One in 3rd-5th. One in 6th. 2 in 7th. 3 in 8th and then one in 9th grade to which I made it through two weeks of 10th grade and my mom pulled me out.



I think moving that much put way too much stress on me. Schools are so different, that we had a lot of problems even figuring out where I should be placed each time. I remember learning the Oregon Trail for 3 years in a row because everytime we moved the school I was just moving to was just starting to teach it. In highschool, we told them I took a lot of art classes so they stuck me in advanced art. I didn't know art could be so hard LOL I hadn't learned how to shade or anything. So I was all over the board placement wise too.



I faced a lot of problems due to moving so much and my learning disability.



And I've dealt with a lot of bad teachers....... one teacher when I broke my hand told me I had to write with it. I couldn't put the real cast on until the swelling went down and so I told her I'm not supposed to, it's waiting to be casted. It was just in a temporary one at the moment. She told me I had to or I was getting kicked out. I told my parents, so the next day after they told me not to, the teacher told me I had to again. My parents did a drive by and stopped in on me during this period to find me using it to write with. The principle didn't even care. He said I had to perform. So my parents pulled me out and we moved (it was a small town, no other choice for schools)



I have so many of these stories up my sleeve. Maybe it's just me meeting every crappy teacher on earth growing up lol



Not all were bad, some were just bland or ok. But I haven't met one who was exceptional until I started college.

Jenn - posted on 06/06/2011

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I went to 1 school for K-6, then to another school for 7-8, then I went to 2 different high schools. I switched high schools half way through grade 11 because I was getting bullied (I got punched in the face in the hallway one day and that was the final straw). I can't say that I remember having any educational problems, other than boredom at a young age because the work was too easy, so I went to enrichment classes regularly to keep me challenged. The schools around here are pretty good in my opinion, offering a pretty wide range of classes. The local high school (the first one I went to) has an excellent music program, and their bands get invited to play all over the world. There is 1 high school in the area that offers remedial classes for those who are struggling (all schools have either advanced or basic classes), and it also has a daycare there for any students who may be parents. There are lots of groups, clubs, and sports offered at the schools, and the schools aren't huge, so it keeps it a bit more personal. For example, the second high school I went to only has about 300 (or less) students for grades 9-12.

Tah - posted on 06/06/2011

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Well I went to the public school directly across the street from k-2 grade. I then attended a catholic school from 3rd to 8th grade where the scales and atmosphere was very different. For high school I attended a catholic school as well that works on a track system where I was a higher track so I took Latin/ French and other classes that were determined by you track. For 11-12 th grade I went back to public school on and was placed in a math and technology charter of that school, which also depends on your grades and was an advanced department.



It was culture shock to not be able to take a textbook home, to have so many people in class people were sitting on other peoples desk, fighting on lunchroom tables and people in there over 19. I overcame because I had no choice...lol, you focus on you, I can't have a book, fine, make a copy of the chapters, I also sold English papers...I know, not right, but if you are stumbling over words in of mice of men in 12 th grade, which I had already read in my English 1 9th grade class, theta is no way you can write the paper they require.

JuLeah - posted on 06/06/2011

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I was in the same district, but elementary, Jr. High, and High school .... I have dyslexia, but it was never diganosed. I was a Fresheman in college when it finally was and that made all the difference.
I graduated with folks unable to read more then their name.
I could not add or subtract fractions. I was spelling at a 4th grade level.
When I realized how far behind I was, and that want I wanted in life required an advanced degree, I worked my ass off to catch up and learn what I ought to have learned at the age of 10.
Many kids I went to school with ended up spending life behind bars. We joked about have our 20th in the visiting room of the state pen.
Some of the teachers were amazing and made all the difference in my life .... some were not so great.

Jenni - posted on 06/06/2011

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I attended a junior grade school in a small town from Grade 1-Grade 5. Then I attended the senior grade school in grade 6. I was put in a lot of enrichment classes for advanced students in particular areas of study. We were able to pick a lot of our courses in that particular school in grade 6-8. They offered cooking classes, music classes, art classes, gym, sex ed, health... I'm sure quite a few I don't recall. It was structured like a HS where you rotated through classes. Class sizes were approximately 30 kids.

Overall I'd say it was an excellent grade school.



Then we moved and I attended the senior grade school (grade 4-grade 8). They had grade levels split into 3 classes. One for advanced students (to fit their needs), one for general students and one for students who were struggling. I was placed in the advanced class but the following year they did away with that structure because it was questioned whether or not it encouraged students to excell.

Overall the school was good. It was a smaller town than my last so I would have to say my previous school was better.



My HS was great because the student to teacher ratio was exceptional (it being a small town). They offered courses in both general and advanced to fit the requirements of students. Plenty of electives: parenting, gym, art, drama, media, creative writting, law, sciences, computers, drafting, auto, keyboarding, plenty of englishes- eng lit, business eng... plenty of maths, economics, physical growth and development, sociology, psychology... etc etc.

After grade 9 you pick your course load. You can also take courses in grades ahead or behind as long as you have prerequistes.

I found the experience very personal (with teachers) and very mature (being allowed to design your own education and level of education).



I never really experienced any problems. I never failed any courses or grades. Which is funny because in HS I didn't give much of a crap about school and virtually never did my homework. lol



Oh and I had a lot of amazing teachers who were very passionate about teaching. Of course there were a few bad eggs. But for the most part they were all lovely and creative.

Mel - posted on 06/06/2011

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2 primary schools, 2 high schools, and 2 tafes up until year 11. I had trouble understand certain things at school the more hands on things photo graphy, wood work etc so I skipped every single class of them and just got isolation every day so spent my days at the office, which was good for me , anything to get out of that class. In primary school, I had trouble doing things I never listened so when it came to the task I didnt know what to do and got picked up. I still have no idea why I was so fucked up like that at school. Just away with the fairies I guess :D

Krista - posted on 06/06/2011

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We stayed in the same town, so I attended one elementary school (grades 1-6), one junior high school (grades 7-9) and one high school (grades 10-12).

Our schools were quite decent, from what I can recall. We had a good music program and lots of good extracurricular activities. Some teachers were great, some weren't so great, but that's normal. I never faced any major problems. In grade 12, I wasn't doing well in my biology class, and my teacher (a tough old battle-axe of a broad who bore a passing resemblance to Boris Yeltsin), told me that if I didn't smarten up, I'd fail. Well, when someone tells me I CAN'T do something, I bust my ass to prove them wrong.

So yeah, she totally played me with reverse psychology.

I wound up getting an 89 in the class. :)

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