hi again. on to the replys..
stashia- thanks a lot for your kind words, im really flattered. well, i worked really hard on it, we stayed at our school's art workshop (there's a better word for it in hebrew.. too bad i don't know english that well) a LOT more hours than we get as part of the art expansion (4 weekly hours for the workshop and 3 for history of art lessons.. haha, as if we could do something with 4 pathetic hours in one school year). we stayed at school till the late hours of the night (think i broke the all time records several times with 2:30 and 3 am.. starting the day with 8 hour regular school days that start at a quarter to 8.. am. my friend suggested we bring sleeping bags..
), went there on vacations, and basicly every available and un-available hour, especially in the several weeks before the exhibition, when some people realized they need to start working, or else they'd have nothing to show.. (some didn't and really got on our teachers' nerves.)
It required a lot of sacrafice from our two truely amazing
art teachers, we gave them a reallly hard time, and some of us (not me! not me!) even more. oh, and we were 21 kids in art.
other answers- here in Israel not all students go through the 12th grade (plus the social-economic state is just getting worse and going the wrong way in my opinion, too much capitalism and much less socialism..). i can get you the exact percents, but if i remember right it's about 50% that finish all their exams and get a 'teodat bagrut' (highschool-graduate-certificate thingy, don't know if you have that exact kind of thing in the states). it also depends on where your from, your school and stuff like that. i don't go to a special school for art, just my regular regional high school, but my area is known for it's high investments and there for accomplishments in education. i count myself as pretty lucky, there are a lot of neglected and malfunctioning areas so it's no surprise the graduate numbers are lower the past couple of decades..
isn't it upsetting or what?
oh, i'm from the northern part of Israel, about 30 min. from Haifa, no way you've heard of Izrael Valley, right? i'm pretty sure your relatives haven't either.. lol.
friends are good things, ah? im glad you finally dragged yourself to the exam. i hate tension so much, i was really
suffering from it too in 9th, 10th grade and 11th, this year it got a bit better.. blah, it's so horrible, i used to have nervous breakdowns and collapse with wierd day-dreams and not do some exams or delay them because of it... got my time extension in tests because of it. the only reason they didn't have to hospitalize me in an institution last year during the final exams was because i had a verrry calming boyfriend at that time that helped me get relaxed and get things in perspection . yey for friends, as i said before
yep, i too did the renaissance section, and did the memorial statues because i was afraid to mess up the Frida Kahlo one. i too had no clue about the kennedy one, good thing i didn't choose it, i would have never guessed.. the people who did it went out of the exam and our teachers said that it symbolized and looked like a cut-down tree in the middle of a live forest! blah! no one who choose it thought of that.. bummer for them.
i'm not doing the second exam in math since i got a nice grade (87!!), and did the english exam early in the winter. so no more school for me .
next year i'll be learning a lot too and having my brain blown up in the shnat-shirot (voluntary year before the army with my youth group) with sociology, economics, philosophy, politics and all kinds of other stuff, but at least i won't have any more exams!!!! yeyyyyy.
. plus i'll help little kids at school. hurray.
oh, i just have to try and keep these replys a bit shorter next time
i'm clogging the boards..
i just love talking
Erika- thank you very much too
**Edited to change perception into perspection..