Here is an example of a conversation I had with my 15 yr old son last night.
Me: "You have got to get working on your homework. You are failing a class and if you don't get your homework done, you will be failing another."
Him: "I'm doing it."
Me: "What is IT ?"
Him: "I have to read this book."
Me: "You are lying in bed with the lights off, how the heck could you possibly be reading that book?"
Him: "I was going to turn the lights on."
Me: "I suggest you turn the lights on NOW and get to reading that book before you get too far behind."
Him: "Whatever. I'm not failing anyway."
Me: "Your current grade is a 43?" (and at this point my voice is at a fever pitch)
Him: "Yeah, there's that."
My son struggling in school is not something new or out of the ordinary. He just doesn't like it and never has. There seems to be a strong disconnect with schools and how they interact with boys.
For example, I was looking at the book he is reading. I can understand his disinterest. I read every day. EVERY day. I love to read. I will read anything and everything.
I wouldn't read this book. Not interested, doesn't sound interesting and I couldn't be forced to be interested in it. However, I find myself having to be the good parent and tell him he has to read it and get his homework done. Seeing as he doesn't like to read, I may as well have just banished him to a life with no IPOD.
One good thing, he doesn't read my blog either!