For those of you taking a path that doesn't include college right now, if you're not sure what to do with your life, choose the path that will make the best story later. You must continue to be an interest-driven, self-directed learner.
As unschoolers, we live as though school (K-12) doesn't even exist. When my son shows an interest in any particular thing, I find ways to help him explore his interests in a way that will be productive and fulfilling for him in the long run.
Sparks & Honey, a New York City-based firm of futurists, predicts that one of the top-ten new jobs in 2025 will be unschooling counselor. That's what I do now, and I can definitely see why many other professionals will soon be joining me.
Real improvement can only come when we address the big picture: It's not only a matter of improving teacher training, but also of attracting more innovation into the sector, through the engagement of new players and new providers.
Our jobs as homeschoolers is not easy. Oh, how I wish it were. But it's not, and we have to take steps to ensure we have the energy -- mental, physical, and emotional -- to do what we do with the kids we're doing it with.
Lawyers who designed the neovoucher approach were doing what lawyers are hired to do: to find a work-around that will allow their clients to follow a desired path notwithstanding a law intended to block that path.
There are a million different aspects that went into me being homeschooled. I would be doing all my classes online and honestly, I was skeptical. I thought that there was only so much you could learn online. And I was right.
Each child is responsible for a different aspect of the business. The older boys are in charge of the goats -- milking them, cleaning up after them, keeping them fed. An older girl is in charge of customer service. The younger ones bag the soap.
If you're trapped inside a school that doesn't engage you and you're willing to make a change, then I have good news for you: You can leave school tomorrow and never look back. All you have to do is become a homeschooler.
I teach my own kids lots of things. I teach them how to empty the dishwasher and that smelling like trash isn't a good way to make friends, and gossiping isn't a good way to keep them. I teach them every moment I am with them, only it's not math. It's just life stuff. Life stuff is good.
We put a colossal amount of energy into shepherding students through systems that don't quite fit for many individuals. For some, doesn't quite fit is an understatement. For some, real suffering and damage is taking place as they try to fit but don't.