There are two ideas which are relatively new in the world. They are the concept we call Teenager and the concept we call High School. Think for a moment what it might be like if neither of these existed (as they once did not).
Never a teenager; just moving from child to young adult to adult. Never in high school; just moving through the natural process of having age-appropriate experiences, as listed above, where the child learns what he needs to know to progress into the world of work or on to college to gain detailed training in a specific skillset.
Teenagerism has created a separate class of humans with their own, separate culture. Did it ever occur to you that your children never have to be teenagers and that you are allowed to avoid buying into the idea of a teenage culture?
High School has not only created its own culture but as John Gatto states,
Due to its emphasis on competition, institutional education leaves a large population of losers, damned to the self-image that they cannot succeed no matter what they have a heart to do.
This competition allows adults to separate the able from the unable quite early on and helps adults determine how far a young person will go in life.
Yes, I am actually suggesting that you do not treat your children as teenagers and that you do not become subject to the universal rule of high school unless there is a practical reason for them to attend public high school.
The above is excerpted from Chris Davis’ new book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally available from Amazon in paperback and as an E-book.