Comic 1237 - Public School

19th Feb 2020, 9:27 AM in Ch. 39 - The Aftermath
Public School
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Jocelyn 19th Feb 2020, 9:27 AM edit delete
More school talk today; this time going into where some of the other students will be attending school. This time, Chanel joins in and helps.

As a small refresher, in case you don't remember what Chanel's talking about regarding being a "lone target", she has a history of being alone, and also being bullied and harassed for how she looks. She was only sent to private school to begin with in an effort to get away from the bullying. Unfortunately, that didn't help. But that does mean there's no reason to stay if all the friends she made start going elsewhere. And yes, Chanel and Maria are speaking more regularly with each other again.

But Ana's staying in St. Hallvard, huh?

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Aria 19th Feb 2020, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
I just imagine Chanel appearing with a *pop* noise, like an Instant Transmission, lol.
Gabi 19th Feb 2020, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
That would make a lot of sense. Just look at panels 1 and 2. She definitely appeared out of thin air. ;)
TK 20th Feb 2020, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Maybe Gavin just zoned her out accidentally.
Troywhoisyaboi 19th Feb 2020, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
Poor ana though. Eh, she'll hopefully find a way.
Kyle 19th Feb 2020, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
I'd like think if she asked her father, he'd let her transfer to public school, too.
Troywhoisyaboi 20th Feb 2020, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
That'd be good
bgb16999 19th Feb 2020, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Why wouldn't Ana also transfer to the Centerville public school? I had assumed she was at St. Hallvard for the same reason as Chanel (she or her father incorrectly assumed there would be less bullying there). But now that she has actually been here for a year and seen what kind of a school it is, what reason could Ana/Ana's dad have for not wanting to switch to the public school?
JD 19th Feb 2020, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
I don’t know if I see her leaving. She’s been very big on not getting outted no matter what and joining the gay exodus may be too much for her anxiety to handle. It may not be the right answer for everyone but I can kinda see her handling it that way.

Besides, it’s not like they need to go to the same school to hangout, especially since half of them are going to college and Ky was already visiting to hangout anyway.
Guest 19th Feb 2020, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Enrollment has probably already been scheduled for the new school year. Remember, Ana's already a year behind from all the moves/school changes, so, they probably already set up for her to stay the next year.
RubyRuthNeal 19th Feb 2020, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
Ana is already 18, and from what I can assume, pretty intelligent. Assuming this comic is set in fictional cities hypothetically located within the actual state of New York (thought I remembered seeing that mentioned somewhere) then if I were in Ana's shoes at this point, I'd just drop out of high school entirely at the end of this, her junior / 11th grade year, and take the TASC high school graduation equivalency test (free of cost to NY residents 16-18 who dropped out) and go immediately to college.

It's the 21st century now, and public school education quality sucks in so many places all across the USA in every state. For bright, emotionally and cognitively mature students, staying in public high schools, even some private high schools for 11th and 12th grades can be wasting a couple of the best years for academic investment, if there's no good social reasons for staying in the typical high school graduation track. When I was in high school 40 years ago (OMG I'm old, a fossil!!!). It was very rare, but was possible and did happen even here in Texas. My ex-best-friend's sister, exactly same age as me, was so smart their parents had spent the money to put her into the only private school around here at the time, actually a Catholic high school in the middle of Baptist-dominated north Texas, and she only went thru her sophomore year, and tested out of all 11-12th grade subjects via "CLEP" tests, and since the school was private Catholic and had some leeway in how they did things that public schools could never legally do back then, when even the GED was still not yet fully implemented, issued her a high school diploma at age 16 at the end of her sophomore year, and she was accepted into the local state university the next year as a computer science major. After I graduated public high school, I ended up in the same university also computer science, and we were in several classes together, and she graduated with her BSCS degree two years before I got mine. She promptly got married shortly after and did absolutely zilch with her degree though, while I had a nearly 30 year career in the IT world. Nowadays it's fairly commonplace for smart kids to test out of high school early and get right into college as quickly as they can unless they just want to stay the traditional path and graduate with a regular high school diploma because they might be on athletic teams, or have close social circles they want to stay with, etc. But our public high schools here are full of gangs and drugs and all kinds of bad things that can easily derail a kid's educational path over to really bad destinations so getting the heck out of public school and into college as early as able, is a really smart 21st century way to do things... it's like we're slowly catching up to the way things have been done in certain European countries for a long time now.
Some Ed 20th Feb 2020, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
That's a good plan if she's able to get through college. She should be able to, but there's a lot of people who can't make it for reasons which are frustratingly not their fault.

I'm not familiar with this TASC test you mention, but it's been my distinct impression that the GED is/was not treated by employers with the same respect as a high school diploma for reasons unrelated to the quality of that testing. As such, it's unlikely that any replacement would fair better, regardless of any improvement in quality.

I personally feel like I'd have been able to pass any sort of test that the typical high school graduate would be expected to be able to pass when I was a high school sophomore, and I probably would've done better in college if I had, too. My biggest problem in high school and earlier schooling was always classes that felt too easy (mostly because one only needed to take one foreign language class per semester at most, because my foreign language acquisition ability is epically bad.) and while that didn't continue to be my biggest problem in college, having an actual challenge in more of my classes would've been better.
Drake Zephyr 20th Feb 2020, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Ya know Ruby, I've been re-reading some old chapters. And dang you've been here a long time. Like 10 years or something.
RubyRuthNeal 26th Feb 2020, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Actually I’ve only been here since July/August of 2016 but have commented on pages much older. I discovered this webcomic at the very beginning of my transition even before I started HRT and it’s been an integral part of my transition, heavily influenced it. Even got my name from this story since my birth middle name was Rudy and for the first 5-6 years of my life I was called Rudy Neal, so serendipity, fate , whatever .... I binge read all pages nonstop the weekend I discovered Rain and was fully addicted from then onwards... took my first dose of HRT on 2-SEP-2016 at.... dig this... age of 54.5 yrs old. I’m probably the oldest regular reader here. I’ll turn 58 in two weeks!!! Search Facebook for my name Ruby Neal and my before/after pics are there in my photos. I wish I would have transitioned a couple decades earlier now
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