Hmm… I’ll never figure the system out. I was sloppily homeschooled along with my 6 siblings: we had piano, math, and structured reading, and that was it. Other skills came from various activities (karate, summer rec, cub scouts) and from a slew of jobs starting at age 14 (we had to earn the money for the things we wanted). Yet I passed the GED without even trying, and went on to earn two degrees (I graduated 5 years ago). I remember seeing one high school-age girl’s face at a school bus window, and thinking she looked like a caged animal. Different strokes for different folks, but I wouldn’t trade the childhood I had for that many hours being molded into the ideal citizen.