Monday, October 06, 2003


I like to pop into the vegsource Unschooling board every now and again to see what other unschoolers are up to. I keep hoping to find info on others unschooling college.

Last night I tried searching for other uncolleges, and came up irked. Every reference to college pointed towards how to get your homeschooled/unschooled kid into a traditional college. Spending your unschooling time preparing to enter a traditional college seems like an affront to all that unschooling stands for.

The point of unschooling is to learn outside of a school-like environment. The focus is on exploring your passions and learning for the sake of delight - not because learning something new will earn you an "A".

Why don't more kids choose to do unschool college? Why do families abandon the unschooling approach when the kid graduates highschool? Don't they see the disparity?

I'm currently working on my Outdoor Education degree.

I just posted the following message on the Vegsource Unschooling board. I can't wait to see the response. :-)

Last night I perused some other unschooling message boards in search of anybody else who's unschooling college. I came up empty handed. The only references to college I found were about how to prepare your unschooled/homeschooled kid to enter a traditional college.

What gives? Why don't more people continue their educational adventure, and unschool college?

I see unschooling as a way to learn for the sake of learning, to discover and refine my passions ... and traditional schooling as mainly a thing people do to earn a 4.0 GPA and good credentials.

Why don't more unschoolers see the disparity between pursuing their passions for years, then packing off to college and paying thousands of dollars for the privilege of only learning what the bureaucracy tells them to?

I'm in search of other kids who unschool college. Where are they? Why aren't there more of us? Are you planning to continue unschooling through college?


1 comment:

E. K. said...

Dear Heather,

I found myself in a similar situation, looking for more people who are unschooling college. I've come to find that it's largely socially unacceptable, but that doesn't bother me too much.

My name is Ender. I stopped attending college to unschool after one semester. I actually wasn't unschooled before then, so it took me a while to deschool. Of course, I experienced hellish opposition from my parents and others, but I still don't regret my decision. I find that I've energy and time to study so much more that's important to me now.

We can keep in touch if you'd like. I'm sure there are other people out there unschooling college, but they might be hiding.