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I want to Unschool myself
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Tasty Waffles Offline
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I want to Unschool myself

I hate school. Its shit and most of us know it. but unschooling sounds like a great idea. How do I do it. What do I have to learn. There better not be a curriculum. I wanna get a job as ether a police officer or a computer tech. I already know alot about computers. More than a 13 year old should know. I brought it up to my dad, he doesnt get it, neither do I. I would love to leave the clutches of scool. Mwahaha
04-24-2008 01:18 PM
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Re: I want to Unschool myself

Well, you do it now if you teach yourself what you want to learn more of

"If you think you know what the hell is going on, you're probably full of shit." - Robert Anton Wilson
04-24-2008 02:53 PM
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Yeah but i still have to go to school
04-24-2008 03:10 PM
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Thanks for the help
04-25-2008 11:33 AM
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Re: I want to Unschool myself

You teach yourself stuff...Rather simple. Escaping school? Some people unschool while under the guise of "homeschooling". The government thinks they are homeschooling, when really they are unschooling. There was an article about it somewhere...I have no idea tho. Nvm, google ftw.

here Wrote:Parents come to me with their unschooling questions about fulfilling state requirements and record-keeping. I found that writing down, in a logical way, ALL of the activities my children pursue - those that they initiate themselves and those that I ask them to do, from every area of life, gives me great confidence. It's easy to translate everyday activities into educational jargon with a little thought - toothbrushing becomes Health and Hygiene, and so on. When I fill out the paperwork required for homeschooling in our state, I briefly describe, in the space provided, what we are currently doing, and the general intent of what we plan to do for the coming year. I don't include long lists of books or describe any of the step-by-step skills associated with a curriculum. For example, under English/Language Arts, I mentioned that our son's favourite "subject" is building websites. I say a few words about the sites he's designed, the software he uses, and how he's learning HTML, and that he is in contact with other website designers through the Internet. I mentioned that he reads a great deal and uses our computer for whatever writing he happens to do. I added that as he added sites to his portfolio I noticed his presentation, layout, functional design, spelling and language convention skills improved considerably.

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04-25-2008 11:51 AM
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Unschooling is legal.
04-25-2008 12:14 PM
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Okay then, well my dad isnt too crazy about it
04-25-2008 12:46 PM
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