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.
Once I began just being a Christian instead of thinking about church, I could bring church anywhere at any time. I found a much stronger community because I could both mentor and be mentored at the same time, and my friendships kept me accountable. I began hackchurching.
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.
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.
In an era of skyrocketing tuition fees, millions of students will find themselves unable or unwilling to finance the college package deal. Luckily, higher education doesn't have to be delivered by a college institution.
Somewhere along the 12-year stint of schooling, students need the challenge of answering, "What do I really want to learn? What kind of help do I need to pursue my dream?" Considering those questions is the seed for maturity.
When people emphasize that homeschoolers are normal, that we fit in, I find myself feeling a little frustrated. For just a moment, I find myself thinking, "We aren't just like everyone else! Our lives are a wild adventure!"