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I'm bored during summer
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I'm bored during summer

I love the summer, but I feel stressed about school again, so it's largely like a passing wind. At least for me I'll unschool myself thx to NJ homeschooling laws, which there virtually is little of, sorry to those who have reluctant parents or high regulation states, I guess N.J has little regulation due to court battles over the years, but yeah I love summer, but I guess its more of a I'm wasting my life.

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I'm bored during summer

my parents think unschooling is a hoax

it's not

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I'm bored during summer

Job?

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RE: I'm bored during summer

Jobs are usually boring, if there is a fun one I want to know.
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RE: I'm bored during summer

Well the money u can tends to help amplify any fun you can have.

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I'm bored during summer

You're bored during summer, as in you've been bored during past summers? This summer can be different... just as unschooling can. There are so many things to do. Getting a job or volunteering are possibilities, reading, meeting new people, engaging in conversation, maybe a bit of travel to surrounding areas.

I'm planning a small meetup in NYC in early August, as just one example.

(05-25-2015 12:35 AM)Cianna200 Wrote:  Jobs are usually boring, if there is a fun one I want to know.

There are lots of possibilities for interesting, engaging, and enjoyable work. Even a lot of mundane jobs can be interesting when they're new, and when they're a good fit. Bringing home a paycheck can also make them more interesting.

There are so many possibilities for work, and so many opportunities to change jobs... one of the worst things about school-as-usual and much parenting is that it leaves people with a very limited view of what's possible.

(05-24-2015 11:11 AM)SchoolSux Wrote:  my parents think unschooling is a hoax

it's not

Have you asked them if they'd be open to learning more about it and maybe changing their minds?

One thing to discuss with them is a form of unschooling that's combined with community, advisors/mentors, and learning opportunities beyond just surfing the web... but that leaves the learner the ultimate decision-maker in what they do.

That's basically how the Liberated Learners model works... pioneered by North Star Teens. If you haven't explored that approach in depth, you're missing out on something that's won many parents over. The more I learn about what they're doing, and how quickly their approach is spreading, the more I'm trying to figure out how to persuade everyone who truly wants out of school to learn about it and discuss this with their parents, along with concepts like unschooling and Sudbury/democratic schools.

Here's one story of convincing parents about taking the Liberated Learners path after a long period of effort. Note what she says about her reply to her parents' comment, "I don't believe in homeschooling." -- Anna from Beacon Self-Directed Learning

There are so many stories like this... which are finally starting be be available to share. The world is changing, and doing nothing but complying with school-as-usual as the path to success (particularly when it's clearly not working) is the real hoax.

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