He has turned into a great guy and has made his parents really proud. He has given permission for me to share that he has been signed up for a NZ Apprenticeship - the National Certificate Engineering - Fabrication.(level 4) which is one the NZ government has classified as a priority trade with a shortage of skilled workers therefore he gets a grant of $2,000 towards even more tools for his tool box. Plus....He has an apprenticeship with no debt (YES) Many young people go to a polytechnic first and get a level 3 certificate in engineering - ticking up a high loan in the process and with no guarantee of finding an employer that will offer them an apprenticeship at the end of it. These days it is common for young ones to rack up a $25,000.00 debt with no prospect of a job at the end of it..
It's a hugely satisfying feeling to look back over the journey of raising our boy and knowing we did our very best and the risk of going against the norm by homeschooling was the right choice for us. I tell you through the journey sometimes there was doubt - ok a lot of doubt and not a lot of support of our choices at times.
I loved a Ted Talk that was on Facebook this week.about how the education system undermines creativity. One of James' teachers via the Correspondence school was blown away by James' creativity of building and selling steel guitars and commented there was no scope at all in the school system to reward him for his creativity. The Ted Talk it is well worth a watch if you have ever considered homeschooling your kids.