Remember High School?
Some of you may or may not have known that Kenyon dropped out of high school this year.
When I asked him why he said "no one cared if I was there are not." He also let me know that it was hard for him to sit in a desk for 6 hours a day, being "talked to."
There was a big part of me that understood what he was saying, there was a bigger part inside of me freaking right out!!!!!! My son is a hight school drop out?!?!!
I cried for 5 days.
Im a college instructor who values education, how can I have a drop out teenager?
Of course my mind ran with it.....another urban Aboriginal stat... what did I do wrong?....is he being bullied?.... does he have a learning difference?....
It was hard not to take it personally, it was a big hit for my ego.
We worked with a Aborignal councellor at the school, re-jigged his time table, got him into the "right classes with the right teachers"
It still wasn't working.
I stopped making him go to the Brick & Mortor school as it was making him angry, it was sad. It was a hard 5 months to say the least.
After I let go of what society thought was right for my family, I discovered what was really happening. My son was frustrated at how he was being taught, he was angry at the old fashion structure. We researched a lot about the current state of affairs regarding the public education system - we found that there are a lot of unhappy families out there. I explored our local homeschool net-work, alternative schools (that wouldn't take him because he was to young, they were full or we missed the registration deadline).
I found UNSCHOOLING, breathed deep & trusted.
My new mantra was : "LET GO OR BE DRAGED"
We also learned about the Super Indendent of the Golf Island School District who was unhappy with the education system and decided to open his own school here in Victoria, Fall 2013.
To learn more about the new school visit: www.learningstorm.org
Kenyon has been interviewed by the Founder & Principle Jeff Hopkins and has been excepted into the program.
HOWEVER we do not have $7,000 to pay for the tuition. Because it is a brand new school it does not have Financial aid, bursaries or scholarships yet - they will next year.
*Please know as an educator and a trained Social Workers myself I am not pointing my finger, there are a lot of factors at play here, I also know there are a lot of FANTASTIC teachers out there, making a difference & doing what they can in the current system.
WHO: Kenyon is a 14 year old urban Aboriginal youth, a registered member of the Lax Kw'alaams band with family ties in the Nlaka'pamux Nation.
WHAT: K wants to participate in a new Progressive, trail blazing private school to reach his goal of graduating high school. Tuition is $7,000, fundraising 1/2 ($3,500) will allow monthly payments to be more managable.
WHY: Coming from a one income family,there is not a lot of extra funds, not to mention that public school is suffocating K's natural love for learning.
WHERE: Victoria BC CANADA
WHEN: 1st day of school is September 4th 2013
HOW: With the generosity of like minded community coming together to show support, love and alittle financial backing K can access what he needs to complete his secondary education.
*K is currently working at Sunny Brae farm on Cortes Island picking organic blueberries to raise money towards his tuition.
*Stay tuned for a short video by K explaining why he wants to go to the Pacific School of Innovation & Inquiry.
* Please forgive formatting/spelling for the time being, as this page is being built on a smart-phone 0_o