High School Dropout

We withdrew our 16-year-old daughter from high school this morning. It’s scary. The wide unknown, not knowing what’s next.

She’s either going to take GED courses, do adult high school at the community college, or just take the GED and see if she passes (and then what?)

I’ve been in sort of a “what-if” frenzy. No options are great options. All options have serious consequences.

She’s had severe issues with schooling for 3 years. Is it this particular institution or will this continue in other settings? What if … she just… gives up???

I’m worried. I’m not preparing her for adulthood, she’s just being thrown into it.

If she doesn’t do GED or adult high school she can’t get a driver’s license. We found out the state has the requirement. I think this is shit, because uneducated people need to drive too (as long as they pass a driver’s course, obviously), like to get to a job. In our city it’s a great burden not being able to drive: it’d take 2 hours bus ride one-way to get to where it’d take 15 minutes by car.

Anyway, her anxiety is too high right now to learn how to drive so it’s a moot point, but it’s the principle of the matter.

I looked at the adult high school curriculum and it looks like it could be too much for her to handle. I’m thinking GED because she usually gets in the top 10 percentile on standardized tests and studying a little might help her get there in a few months, instead of a couple years.

I dunno.

2 thoughts on “High School Dropout

  1. With my kids, I have to keep reminding myself that they are on their own schedule, not on mine. High school was agony for my kids, they finished, but hated most of it. My older daughter tried community college immediately after high school, and it was an emotional disaster for her and she had to drop out. After a few years maturing, and learning to deal with her issues, she went back together with her younger sister. They started slow, with just some art classes, and then once they were successful with those, moved into more academics. They both made the Deans list, graduated with their Associates degrees cum laude, and now have transferred to a full university where they are working on computer science degrees. It’s taking a lot longer than I would like, but they are getting there. I hope your daughter can find the path that works for her.

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About Quixie

Hi! I go by "Quixie." Quixie is a shortened version of "quixotic," which means: "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical." It's how I described my evangelical Christian faith when I started blogging 7 years ago. Now I'm an agnostic atheist who is trying to find a balance between idealism and reality. I write about my mental health journey with bipolar disorder, my loss of faith (deconversion), parenting teens, reading, exercise/health, work-life, and my marriage separation/divorce.