I was unschooled my whole life. Born in ’92 I am one of the first wave of kids to grow up in the unschooling movement. when I decided to start blogging one of the things I wanted to talk about was my experience. Here is a list of some of the pro’s and con’s
first the pro’s!
I am very self motivated since what I do has always been up to me.
I have had the freedom to follow my interests and this has made me really good at what I love.
I have always felt free to be myself.
I have learned to make friends with people of all ages since I am not always with people of my age group.
I am very resourceful.
I have had a lot of experience in the real world watching my parents making their living as artists.
I have developed a great love for learning.
People being nervous and angry when you tell them you are unschooled.
Isolation – it is REALLY important that you learn to interact with all kinds of people. This is one of the biggest dangers for unschoolers and homeschoolers.
The fear that you will be a failure since our culture says that school is the only way.
Feeling dumb because you don’t know things that all your friends do. This is something I struggled with as a child I had a really hard time spelling it turns out I am a little dyslexic but when I was little I thought it was because I was unschooled.
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Since I grew up in a fairly conservative city I never knew any other unschooled kids, there were some homeschooled kids but their families were really religious and we had a hard time finding things in common. All of my closest friends have gone to Public school and I don’t think its very good system but I know it helps a lot of people. One of the worries people have about unschooling is that kids will not know how to be on time because they don’t have to go to school every day this is absolutely ridiculous not true at all! I have always liked being on time.
If you have any questions about unschooling leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them.
The unschooling mascot!