If you were my kid and you pulled a stunt like that I would have turned your hind end a bright cherry red, no matter how old you were. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Parents may make stupid decisions sometimes, but they do have your best interests at heart, and they have far more life experience than you do, listen to them, ya might learn something useful. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] (not dogging on ya man, just conversing.)
As for FTG, sounds like her granparents are like some of the parents i knew growing up. Perfectionists. I think she should study harder, talk to her teachers and see if she can get extra credit to bring up her grades, as spectacular as they are, extra effort is usually rewarded.
Oh, and I speak from experience, I was a horrible student, and I have to disagree with 'parents shouldn't push their kids past their limits'. That just assists the child in boxing themselves in, limits are made to be destroyed, the only way to do that, is to push push push. The trick, is not pushing to hard, or to little. I was identified as having ADD when I was in middleschool, as such, I was (without my parents knowledge) shuffled off to classes with other kids that had ADD (even though my grades were good.) that crawled along at a snails pace. I stopped doing my homework because I knew it allready, I was bored out of my skull. No one was pushing me. When the problem came to a head in my 10th grade year, everything finally became clear, my parents found out that I had been tagged into a 'slow class' and were furious. Little did the school system know I read about 10 books a week, played multiple instrucments (soprano, alto, tenor and barry sax, piano, baritone and tuba (never had the chops for the trumpet. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] )) They yanked me out of public school and threw me into a private school. Over the next two years that school educated the crap out of me, I went through Algebra, and geometry in less than a symester (had no intrest in going further with math) Physics 1, 2, when I graduated my ACT scores placed me in the top 3% of the nation as compared to the bottom 25% on my PreACT my sophmore year. I got a full ride to college, (which I subsequently blew having to much fun! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] all because I got pushed. Pushing is a GOOD GOOD THING.