Sunday, December 05, 2010

A homeschooler's commentary on six weeks in high school

One of the unschooling moms on facebook posted this introductory note:
Here's a video by one of the unschooled boys in our homeschool group. He talks about his six weeks of high school and explains why he stopped going. It's definitely worth watching!


Sheryl said...

Hi Zach -

AWESOME! Fabulous! I love it! I'm a mom to two unschooled boys and I always LOVE hearing from other kids who are a few years ahead of us. You've articulated beautifully one of the primary reasons why we've chosen to homeschool: school zaps energy and is mostly a waste of time. Our sons have shown their interests early in life and our deepest commitment it nurture their interests because it brings them joy, and therefore will bring the world joy. Thank you for taking the time to share your journey and your thoughts. It's landed with gratitude and big smiles here in Colorado.

Anonymous said...

I've had a very interesting relationship with education, traditional schooling, homeschooling, and unschooling. My favorite children's book is Stargirl, who's main character I now see was unschooled. I always wished I could have that life since I loved learning, but had horrible social experiences in school. After my first year of high school I took a year off, which at the time I did not view in a positive light. Yet after that year I realized the most learning I ever accomplished was during that time. As a college student I hopped around to a few schools unsatisfied with the education I was receiving. When I found the best school for me, Prescott College, the program I chose left a lot of room for unschooling which I built in to my classes. When I had my daughter I knew I wanted to homeschool her, I just wasn't sure which method I would take. It was watching this video by chance that I now know that I will unschool my daughter and son. It's amazing I didn't realize that what I consider a real education has a name and is a continuation of the attachment parenting I have instinctively done as well. I'm glad to be a part of such a large and supportive community.

Oh, and this young man is spot on about traditional education. It sucks the energy and any enthusiasm for learning out of you.