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What High Schools Don't Tell You (and Other Parents Don't Want You to Know): Create a Long-Term Plan for Your 7th to 10th Grader for Getting Into the Top Colleges

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

    Arts can be as challenging as Academics!

    I was quite disappointed in the book where the author gives the impression that in high school you should focus on the academics and leave out electives like art, music, dance, social studies and writing(!!!) and opt for heavier courses. Excuse me, but in order to study performing arts in college, you need those courses in high school! Physics and math are NOT the only heavy courses. If you do get into honors and AP courses, the homework is even more ridiculous than the current heavy schedule for 7th-8th graders (at least at our schoo)l. Did it ever cross her mind that these so called "arts" courses CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR THE MATH, PHYSICS, ENGINEERING majors? A-ha! Nope, I didn't think so. Try having one of those kids perform a monologue to perfection; memorize 300 lines of a shakespearean play, act a musical theater song, do a tap routine or fosse choreographed dance or creat digital artwork or an oil painting or make a film. It is easy for those blessed with creativity, and artistry. Just as physics and math are easy for the students who love it. But don't discount the arts.

    I also disagree with a passage where she says something to the effect of "if you can't leave your school to attend a science fair, or perform in a contest, ..... ( paraphrasing), you might want to think about going to a private school instead! Hello? The last place you would want to go is private! We are in one, and there is no way they will let you go to compete in anything. Not even a geography bee (which I disagree with - most kids are so geographically challenged, it is frightening - and I believe the schools wait way too long to introduce US history - there is way too much emphasis year after year on black history and the holocaust (at least from 4-8th grade). I have nothing against a year of that, but the kids never learn about europeans - and Native Americans (except to do a pow wow in first grade!) and how this great country came about. A friend's daughter had a chance to dance with the Kirov (she was a great student and even better ballerina), but the school rejected her request to spend 3 weeks on the road with the ballet company; another wanted to sing opera, and they were told to go to a performing arts school since this school solely focuses on academics and sports...So private won't help when it comes to special leaves or contests. Something the author needs to reconsider.

    Overall, you get completely overwhelmed reading this book as there just aren't enough hours in the day to try and accomplish a lot of this and you do need MONEY for the summer programs. They are not free or cheap.

    It is no wonder to me why there is so much cheating going on in this generation. 8 out of 10 kids cheat and that includes people in grad school. Where is the code of conduct? Where are the so-called principals and teachers who are supposed to turn these kids in? And how many say they do it to please their parents (parents living vicariously through their kids). America needs to slow down, let their kids be happy, and most importantly, the schools need to lighten up on all the homework (3-6 hours a day after school is abusive, and it doesn't add value to a child's life; just makes them hate the subject more because they do it to get it over with and remember nothing - just ask any kid who is saddled with this stuff they will never use again). The focus should be on practicalmath they can use on a daily basis!

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