Our expert says:
Well, you know, as we do, that in these days especially, leaving school at 15 and at grade 8, is to condemn oneself to a life of disappointment and underachievement, maybe chronic unemployment, and to build a low ceiling against which he will keep bumping his head until he goes back to his studies and works for a better qualification.
In talking with your son, have you found out why he is, for instance, so set on going to WORK ? Does he feel he needs to start earning money to help with family expenses ? Does he feel that he'll be independent with much money to spend on himself, if he goes to work ? Does he realize that just as at school you may run into a sour teacher, so at work you may come across sour bosses and supervisors, and they're harder to sort out ?
What is his problem with home schooling for a time ? Have you explored options of transfer to a different school ? Maybe checked if you can discuss the problem with his headmaster, with even the local Dept of Education ?
Remind him of how much you love him, worry about him, want the best for him, and hurt when he hurts. Is there an option ( again, maybe through the school ? ) for him to see a counsellor for a few sessions to clarify what the problem is and to encourage him to seek other solutions to it ?
And as Q says, there are many programs available to help with math skills, and extra math tutors available.
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