Maybe they make you take English and Mathematics because they have something to do with art? If the latter will help me improve the former, I'd go for it. I understand your feelings completely, as I've been doing just about the same thing with my music for the last few years. However, I've recently bottomed out on how much I can learn through private tutors and such. Its coused allot of depression and self-doubt and really the only thing that gives me hope of improvement is College. If I have to take a math class to get better at composing, sign me up professor!
You turn into this full color bad ass artist and you still have doubts about your ability? I have self esteem problems too, I'll admit even right now I feel like sh*t and if I can say, it was your art that put me in a better mood. Why? The reason is simply that you proved yourself wrong, and assured me that you where as great of an artist as I said you still can be. Man I love winning, especially when everyone gets to win!
When I have bad birthdays, (witch is more often then not considering it is the Eleventh of September) I usually have more then one birthday. You should too until you have a great one! Why have a birthday, when you can have a birthday month?