Monday, November 5, 2012


Today we did our Orientation at DCC.  The counselor graciously took loads of time to explain everything and answer all of our questions.

Victoria had 1,000.

Ben, not even 1.

After she went over their test results (and confirmed their "genius" IQs), and printed their schedules -- an upstanding young man walked us through the unsupervised hallways of the massive campus according to Ben and Victoria's 6th and 7th grade schedules.

Most of their classes lingered around the 200/300 hallways...where kids looked mostly Ben and Victoria's age.  Art, however, forced us through hallways with older students.

Upon leaving, Victoria's analysis, "They seem to have signs up everywhere with rules against BULLYING.  They should have a few rules about having sex in the hallways."

She exaggerates, but we all got the point.

Next we head over to TCA's East Campus to return some borrowed books.  Victoria gives a sweet good-bye to her teacher and picks up her most recently graded assignments.  Upon getting in the car and flipping through her work, she says, "I'm really glad to be leaving here!  LOOK at all these corrections I'd have had to do to my paper!"

We have mixed feelings to say the least!


1 comment:

  1. Mixed, that is a good word for it. Truth is, there are several things that go on at a school like DCC that undermined and dilute the positive impact the teachers, administrators and coaches try to have.

    1. Unsupervised youth culture.
    2. Uninvolved parents.

    When talking to the nice lady Shanna mentioned, I asked if there were any needs or expectations for parents, she answered quickly, exactly and with one word, NO.

    This is a big system that none of us can change by being critical. There are good and bad, in ANY educational environment. The battle for the hearts of young people really has less to do with private, public or home schooling, and more to do with stable, loving parents who are willing to train, disciline and guide their kids, no matter how hard. If a parent thinks they don't need any help, they are wrong. If a public school thinks they don't need any parent help, they are wrong. If adults at home, school, church, sports and music will work together for the best training of the child, then we might grow a few more responsible adults and a few less grown up children!!