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Education v Austin

Yesterday I found myself truly shocked when i discovered how much university's charge in the US. WOW! $25,000 - 10,000 per year (over four years) This is compared to £3,225 in the UK. No wonder there are so many films that center around a poor but talented person receiving a scholarship and living happily ever after. (Cue soppy music)

There are a few main thoughts drifting round my mind at the moment (as my son does yet another chunk of his maths GCSE today).

1 I wish i hadn't taken my education for granted. I really wish i had known how lucky i was to get a free University education, and that i'd picked something useful rather than just anything to get away from my parents.

2 I wish i could impress on my son how lucky he is to get such a good education. He is totally uninterested in making something of himself. In fact he seems to perfectly represent the average view of UK school children, where being seen to study is very UNcool.

3 So this brings me to musing number three. If Hubby was offered that secondment  in Austin Tx. Would it be beneficial to my son to give him a year out between GCSE and A levels and maybe enrol him in the US school system (grade 11)? Would he mature a bit and become interested in his studies?

At the moment getting my son through his GCSEs is painful, we are having to force every morsel of information into his unwilling and disinterested brain, he is far more concerned about his image, girlfriend and bike. At the moment i am learning more about his subjects than he is, and i really can't go through this process again during his A' levels.

I really don't know what to do for the best. One minute i think that interrupting his education would be bad, and the next minute i'm thinking that it would be the best thing for him.

Anyone have any thoughts?
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