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Student leaves public school for online educational opportunity

Whether it’s the mixture of religions, diverse population of students or issues with faculty, there are many reasons to leave a public school. For Shannon Livengood, this decision was not made based on the more commonly occurring issues, but was instead made when students began to disturb the learning environment she wanted.

When talking about her experience, Livengood said, “I felt that the silliness that my peers had in the classroom was detracting from my learning and wasting time,” which was a major issue for her.

After having sat through many class periods she described as a “waste of time,” Livengood said she felt “boys are dumb,” being the “bigger percentage of the problem.” This, she believed, was a result of the “motivational gap” that existed between the group of male and female students in her school after observing that the female …
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