Thursday, April 1, 2010

I'm quitting homeschool

I want you all to be the first to know (second if you count Facebook, but I don't--third if you could Twitter) my big news. Drumroll...
I'm going to public school next year!*

Speaking of my future, I hate it when people ask me about my future. I'm fifteen years old for the next month and 9 days, thank you very much.

On Tuesday I went to Vancouver. I hate writing Vancouver. I've started to realize that I love it there. I don't know why exactly but it's a nice city. Anyway, so I went to see a grown up unschooler from Georgia talk about unschooling and it was really fascinating. I had a lot of stuff to say about this at the time. Let's see if I can bring back.

I need to stop calling myself a home schooler. I don't love the term unschooler either so I think I'm now an open sourced learner.

Last weekend I was at a camp and my sister ended up lying to people, saying she was going to university next year because it's easier to tell a simple lie that people understand than spend five minutes explaining how home schooling works.

You see, it's hard to explain something that has so many variables and differences. On one side of things you have the school at homers who are the easiest to explain. Some of them are Christian, some of them are not, but basically they do everything you do in school, only at home. On the other side of the spectrum, you have unschoolers who are the antischoolers, the people who have no formal schoolwork or lessons. They learn from life and are driven by curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

I think I'm mostly on the unschooler side of things which is the side that's difficult to explain. So maybe I've lied before and said I go to the local high school. Is there anything wrong with that?

I love whatever you call how I learn, though. And maybe I'm a little worried about what I'm going to do in the future but only when ignorant future focused goons bring it up. I know I like to write and I know I want to be happy. Isn't that enough?

On a side note, my script is going quite well thus far. Apart from the fact that I'm feeling a bit like an angsty wounded artist who lashes out easily and hurts other peoples' feelings today, I'm pretty good. I'm going to post another blog on my other blog after this with my script so far and I'd love to know what you think. :)

*SPOILER ALERT: APRIL FOOLS! I never could appreciate the whole 'it's over at 12pm' rule. A day like April Fools' CANNOT have rules. So there.


Vita said...

Ahaha, I was going to say, you seems surprisingly happy to know that you'll be waking up (before) the crack of dawn (actually not an exaggeration) next year...

I feel like the only way I'd ever really appreciate* homeschooling is to be homeschooled. (I'm not going to be homeschooled.)

* "appreciate" as in "recognizing the true value of being homeschooled," not as in "realizing that it's a good thing"

Rena said...

Hah, I was like, "O RLY?" until the end. Good one. (I've never heard the "over at 12pm" rule.)