Honors Courses Or Not

          Of course I am not in high school anymore, but my son will be going to high school next year. I am faced with issues I am sure most parents must face. As a teacher I have a hard time just handing over my son's education to a system I sometimes have very little faith in. I know about tracking and I know as much as we don't intend for it to happen it does happen. This leads to my concern. I want my son to go to college and get a job that he loves. My son on the other hand is not interested in his future. He is only interested in his present. In our state children who take honors courses are usually college bound and those that do not are trade school bound, drop outs or only finish high school. The students that do not take honors courses have to work extremely hard to make it into a good college (or at least that is my belief). I hope that I am wrong because my son absolutely refuses to take honors classes. He said he would be seperated from his friends and he will be surrounded by people he doesn't fit in with. I don't know what to do. Even if I made a plea to his teachers to get him into honors courses they may tell me no anyway. To be in honors the teachers have to sign to recommend you or your end of grade scores have to be high. Needless to say he has not been recommended and his scores are usually just high enough to get by. I want him to do well in high school and I want him to fit in. I also want him to have a good career. I really do not know what to do. Should I really push for honors class or just say what will be will be?  I am concerned we both will regret it if I don't at least try to get him in these programs. I need input. Please let me know what you think. He is my oldest and I am getting pretty good at making big mistakes. Just getting opinions from others makes me feel alot better.

Thank you ahead of time.   Sincerely,  2b4me.

36-40, F
Feb 21, 2010