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To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

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"What I am asking you to do is to stop going to school. Think that's crazy...or even worse, that it's illegal? Okay, then. Exit this site right now and return to your nice safe little school. Have I caught your interest? Good."
08-24-2004 12:50 AM
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you know what? i really like the way you wrote that intro on your site. it's very moving and says everything that needs to be said, avoiding the "intellectual" type arguments people seem to love to get into.

anyway, i've added it to the Unschooling section in the directory. you can go there to get the code for adding a rating form to your site if you want, so that ppl can rate ur site.

its in here

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It sounds like...

Grace Llewellyn talking - or it at least reminds me of her. Possibly John Taylor Gatto and John Holt too.

BTW their books are insightful!
08-29-2004 12:45 AM
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I'm not her though, only helping.

maybe I should repost it as 15 yr young's site
09-12-2004 05:19 AM
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