Bernie, this is a great article that points to many of the reasons that I chose to home-school my son during his high school years. I was able to create a structure where each task incorporated lessons for multiple subjects. He was much more attentive and willing to do the work than he had been in public middle school. I know home-schooling is not an option for everyone, but it seems to me the public school system would benefit from looking at other options, like your suggestions, which very much mirror the home-school environment. Thanks for sharing the frustration of your day with us.