Today, Marcus (the 12-year-old formerly known as Grasshopper) and I were discussing a local Charter School. He would like to attend it, because he wants to learn Greek and Latin, and it is a Classics school. I have to check into it to see if they offer Latin and Greek.
Anyway, I said that he could try to get into it, but pointed out that they have a uniform requirement, and that the school is very ridgidly administered. He would have to learn to fit a very narrow mold.
He thought he could do that. Then, I pointed out that the more free-wheeling style of the mainstream public schools in the district forces kids to take more personal responsibility, and that there is something to be said for learning to cope with chaos. Tim (the 15-year-old) has become remarkably organized, and adept at dealing with problems on his own, and pursueing solutions to his difficulties on his own, for instance.
Marcus replied "Mom, I think that academics are more important right now. I'm sure that I will encounter chaos when I am older, and I can learn to deal with it then."
My jaw dropped. It just seemed like a funny thing for a 12-year-old to say.