DS was homeschooled till this year. He has been in school since September. He enjoys it.
About 3 weeks ago we noticed a program for teens and young adults in our town who are not in school. It starts in 2 weeks. It is a job training program. It pays about 4000$ for 12 weeks work. This is double what he could make in the summer, if he is lucky enough to get summer employment. He would return to school next September - so essentially, one semester off.
Pros: money, some job training and experience.
Cons: leaving school for a semester after having found a groove there. The opportunity is supposed to be for disadvantaged youth who are not in school who face obstacles to employment. He has no real obstacles to employment, other than lack of experience (there is a mild ethical concern of taking place of a person who could really benefit - but as long as he is honest in answering their questions, I see no issues. ) He may graduate later than his peers, but if he does summer school, etc, he might not. I do not really care about him graduating later, but I think he does.
Would you let your child leave school for a semester for a financial opportunity? (I know no one can make this decision for me or my son, just curious what others would do)
Edited by purslaine - 2/13/12 at 8:07pm