Friday, January 8, 2016

Flashback Friday - Martin Wiles

Failure Permitted Try Again

I immediately had reservations I was cut out for such a “preppy” high school, but I had no choice. I was a minor, and my parents made important decisions for me.

Fourteen is a challenging time for a young boy. I was coming of age, and within a few years would be able to drive, vote and move out on my own. In the meantime, I was locked in a high school I wasn’t sure I could adjust to. Rigid academic demands along with strict rules like no hair touching the collar or eyebrows made this hippie at heart bristle. Several failing grades, coupled with the principal’s constant criticism of my hair length, made me feel as if I were a failure. Mom and Dad quickly realized having me here wasn’t a good investment and placed me in public school. Read more...

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