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February 2009
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Topics: education,empowerment,homeschooling,Unschooling

“So, you didn’t go to school?”

It’s interesting to me how many adults ask me that question when they find out that not only do my kids not go to school, but they also don’t “do school” at home.  For some reason, they seemed shocked that not only did I go to public school, but I also went to college long enough to have a degree.  They assume that I’m not “educating” my children because I wasn’t “educated” myself — they clearly do not understand what Unschooling is, nor the truth about what being “educated” means!

My children are being raised as unschoolers, a special kind of homeschooling where a curriculum is not used — “only” life, interests, and the real world.  We also call ourselves “Life Long Learners”, because unschooling is about learning all the time — every where.

Does this mean my kids will never take formal classes or go to college?  Not necessarily.  When my children (or my husband or I) have specific interests that we can’t (for one reason or another) learn on our own, we often sign up for a class or two.  By the time my kids are old enough for college, there is a good chance that they’ll go.  Yet, their Dad and I won’t be requiring it of them.  Our goal: their happiness and independence (on their own time frame).

Check out these links for more information about college and unschooling:

As for my actual kids, I’m encouraging them to follow their interests.  I trust that they’ll learn what they need to learn, when they need to learn it.  If they decide to have a career that requires higher formal education, then they’ll get it — they’ll be there because they’ve chosen BY THEMSELVES to be there and they’ll do it in their own way at their own pace, just as life should be. [BTW, once you’ve gone to a community college for a few classes, it is super easy to transfer to most four year institutes with very little work — so many tests are not necessary.]