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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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alsoname From: alsoname Date: July 24th, 2014 05:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm so sorry, belatedly, to hear about your mother. I'm glad you've been able to spend time with your father, including that road trip -- I agree, you won't regret it, even if at the time it seemed like a bad idea.

You are, of course, qualified to comment on other people's journals -- they have you on their friends lists for a reason. Speaking for myself, I've always appreciated your insights, even those that came in the form of a brief one- or two-sentence comment.

I am interested in hearing about your impressions of online high school. I admit the curmudgeon in me has a very bad knee-jerk reaction to it. I wonder if it's just another right-wing strategy to destroy public education. Then again, I would have jumped at the opportunity if it had been available when I was that age!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 26th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Great to hear from you. It would nice to meet up sometime.

I suppose not feeling qualified is rather silly, objectively, but it's something I contend with a lot. As I told my therapist, "I want to revive my Spanish, but that makes me think I need to revive my never-was-any-good Latin. But the prospect of revisiting Latin just reminds me that I really should learn Ancient Greek before I do anything else."


The online school where Skylar is enrolled definitely has standards. It's actually quite difficult in terms of time commitment. But the teachers are overextended and the lessons vary in quality. Basically, unless you are already gifted at a subject or have access to good tutoring, it would be very difficult to succeed. I also suspect that it's a profit-making venture of the sort we wring our hands about, but have no concrete evidence of that.

On the other hand, without this option for her to make progress while healing at home, her future would have looked very dark for a while. So I'm grateful that this opportunity existed and wouldn't want to see it eliminated on ideological grounds.
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