Logan...I don't know. I'm very leery of middle school. So many people have awkward or painful, if not downright soul-deadening experiences there. I've always felt a desire to protect my kids from that whole scene. And I'm feeling especially protective of Logan. He's in a good place right now and I'd like to carefully shepherd him through the next few years to see if I can keep him there.
So the options:
- The magnet program Roscoe did, which allowed him to go to a regular middle school but largely stay within a coccoon of like-minded kids, no longer exists.
- Logan is on waiting lists for two charter schools, which would be smaller and largely self-selected against the worst of bad influences.
- Logan could go to our neighborhood middle school, where most of his friends are going. And maybe he would remain close with the good friends he has and drift away from kids who start down bad paths. But maybe he wouldn't. Seems like the stakes of that gamble are too high.
- I could homeschool Logan for a year or two, which I seriously considered doing with Roscoe when he started middle school. But Logan is highly social, oppositional, and argumentative and not very self-motivated. It could be a disaster.
My real hope is that Logan will get into the charter school that's right in our neighborhood, but chances are slim. My heart is just praying and praying that I can arrange the best situation for my Logan.
What are your feelings on middle school?