Unfortunately remote schooling didn’t go so well for my teenagers.
Being master procrastinators and having no internal motivation whatsoever, they have both fallen behind on their work.
In fact, the one in Year 12, has just withdrawn from one of his subjects, because he couldn’t see his way to catching up. He is also behind in two other subjects and is in danger of failing at least one of them.
While my school-refusing 14 yo enjoyed not having to go to school, it didn’t mean that he threw himself into schoolwork with abandon. His “official” face to face lessons last anything from 5 to 20 minutes per class and instead of doing assigned work for the rest of class time, he chats to his friends or plays video games. Luckily he goes back to school on Tuesday, 9 June. At least at his stage of school, this isn’t so important.
I do worry for my 17 yo. His plans of studying Computer Science at university might have to go on hold for now, as the likelihood of him getting a sufficient ATAR, or even passing the VCE, are in doubt. He still has 18 months of the VCE to go, so I guess anything is possible, but we are already looking at Plans B and C, which might include us moving closer to a TAFE that has the relevant courses on their books. It’s a disgrace that our TAFE here in Ballarat has such a limited range (read 1) of IT courses available.
Thankfully, he is now back at school. And right now he is organising the desk in his room, so maybe we’ll see some new study habits emerge. He started on anti-anxiety medication a couple of days ago, so maybe this will help with the stress of the VCE, too. I can only hope.
I guess sooner or later I’m going to have to let him go and live his life as he chooses, but I guess I will never stop worrying about him. He has already talked about leaving home and living with friends, but honestly, he has no idea what that involves and he can barely cope with school, let alone a part time job and his own space to live. I guess time will tell how all that will pan out, but as long as he’s willing for me to help him, I will do my damnest to do so.
So, our adventure with remote schooling wasn’t very successful and towards the end, right now, I can’t wait for it to be over and to have the house to myself again during the day. Even though the boys have kept pretty much to their rooms, it will be a great relief to be home alone, after three months of togetherness.
We celebrated a 14th birthday while in isolation and therefore missed a family dinner out, but hopefully will make up for it for my birthday in July.
How has your remote schooling period gone? Was it a great success or an abysmal failure? Are you glad to be sending your kids back to school?
Let me know in the comments below.