How do I convince my parents to take my decision to want to home-school seriously?
Hi! My name is Chelsea. I'm 13 years old, I live in New Zealand and I'm REALLY interested to home-school. The main reason as to why I was considering it in the first place is because I feel like there's a lack of attention in my school work. Most of time I feel like I'm missing out on something because it does not match my pace. I like to take things nice and slow, which usually ends with me getting good marks. I'm an over-achiever and I tend to excel in all of my work so there's no bullying involved in as to why I wish to be home-schooled.If, say, one of my parents were to teach me, I would completely allow them to make a judgement regarding my work because they are now my "teacher" and you are to respect them. This should be a good thing since I tend to talk back to my parents a lot lately. I've brought this topic before to my mom twice, and during those both times, she's just not budging or even asking me how I'm feeling about my learning. I assume she thinks it's because I'm stressed but that is only partially of it. Two years ago, I was really depressed and would constantly try to think of ways to kill myself. On occasions, especially during bad days like today, I still do. But for the most part, I am completely fine. But before, I was a very lone wolf type of person and spent most of my time after reading novels and since then, I have realized that writing has been my true calling. I feel sane and completely at ease whenever I write, and I LOVE the idea of inspiring people with the written word. Regarding my studies, I'm fine with learning all the necessary things and frankly, I do like learning. It's just that I feel that I'm not getting enough attention in my schoolwork. With home-schooling, I am able to hone my writing abilities since I'd really like to pursue this as a career but...I don't know...I think my parents are not taking my aspirations seriously. I currently live with my mum and brother since my dad is living in the Philippines. He has no current job and spends most of his time at the local library or at home. For me, I see this as a win-win situation since he gets to keep himself busy by teaching me and I have the attention I need to be the best that I can be. He will be back by April, and I really want to suggest home-schooling to BOTH of them. How do I do this? Right now, I'm rebelling against my mother by not attending school but I don't think I'll be able to keep this up for much longer. I don't really like slacking off. Please help! I have no clue on what else I can do...
Asked By: Chelsea - 3/12/2013
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First off, Chelsea, ask your mom why she doesn't like the idea. The worse thing you can do is rebel. It makes both parties feel like the other is wronged, and it just causes more tension. I know I felt like I got little to no attention in school because I did my work and was quiet. I also wanted to become a writer... More
Answered By: Ann - 3/12/2013
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I suggest you try applying "show, not tell." If I was your mother and the way you behaved towards me was "rebelling" and "talking back", I wouldn't believe a word of this "oh but of course it would be different if you were teaching me." Show her that it's different _now_, by changing your attitude... More
Answered By: cathrl69 - 3/12/2013
get yourself expelled
Answered By: Christopher - 3/12/2013
Sorry but homeschooling is damn near possible to do in NZ due to NCEA examinations. You will have to sit your internal and external exams at a high school this means sitting in a classroom with a teacher, parents can't be trusted to not help their child. It's the same for Cambridge exams. You might as well get used to... More
Answered By: Andrew Pickersgill - 3/13/2013
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