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I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.
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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

Well, this is new. Everything Gifty_Chung said is true, though. Online school might be easier to convince your mom about. It's not unschooling, but maybe it's better than nothing...

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Crap, forgot you're in Australia for a minute there. xD

No idea if online schooling is available there or how it works. Might be worth looking into, though.

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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

Yeah, probably not gonna happen. My mom HATES the internet. She thinks I spend too much time on the computer already.
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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

She hates the internets eh? Well tell her some people make $20k per month from websites (actually some people make a lot more than that). Maybe that'll change her tune. Razz

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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

I brought up the idea of online school, and she says that no online high school exists. I know she's wrong, I actually know someone who did it last year. She doesn't believe me.
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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

"Nothing exists unless I've heard of it before!!!111ONE" ... Laugh

She doesn't sound very convince-able. :(

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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

She isn't. She also keeps asking what I'm doing every 5 or so minutes.
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RE: I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

That would drive me literally insane...

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Headphones help. She stopped doing that, she doesn't do it all the time, thankfully.
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I want to unschool, but my mom probably won't like the idea at all.

What about this? Have the tutor for now...because really, you're not going to get her to agree to unschool in one leap and getting over the 'you can only learn at school' hurdle is ... well, half the battle is won, if you'll excuse the horribly mixed metaphor. During the holidays, unschool yourself...one condition though, you have to keep a log of what you've done and what you've learnt from it and note what you've learnt from the tutor too. Present the two logs to your mum at the close of every holiday. I guarantee you've learnt something, it's just a matter of what subjects. If you truly didn't learn, it's review of learnt material, right?

For example:

Video games? Well, that's computer skills.

Things like the Papa's series? Well, that's time-management and maths.

Playing with friends? Well, that's social skills or PSHE.

Writing your own story? Well, that's English Literature. Proofreading is English Language.

You had biscuits and shared them with your friends? Well, that's division/Maths.

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