Happy Back To No School
September 7, 2010 § 5 Comments
It’s the first day of school around these parts and I’m ever relieved that we no longer have to endure the tortuous rituals that used to mark this day.
No last minute shopping, no late nights making sure just the right outfit is clean, ironed and ready to go, no more worrying about which teacher and which classmates (the bullies) would be influencing the majority of Daughter’s daytime experiences.
But this year is also different because we have come full circle as we will no longer be unschooling and are going back to where we started this journey almost 4 years ago, school at home.
Daughter has several times expressed her desire to go to college. I told her that it wasn’t as simple as signing her up and because of her age and the fact that we’ve been unschooling for the majority of the time she’s been out of school, that there would be lots of hoops to jump through and tests to take to prove that she could handle the workload.
Needless to say she wasn’t too impressed with that answer. I explained that her other options were to go back to public school or sign up for Independent Learning and work on getting her HS diploma at home, which if she worked at it could take half the time that public school would.
Since wild horses couldn’t drag her back into that environment, she opted for the latter.
So, as soon as the paper work is filed and her first course delivered, she will officially be a high school student…albeit one that gets to sleep as late as she wants, work on what she wants whenever she wants and doesn’t have to worry about whether or not she gets to join the “in crowd”…she IS the in crowd. 😉
It’ll be a switch up for sure. After spending four years coming to terms with what we’ve been doing, or rather haven’t been doing, and practising my witty retorts about unschooling for people who ask, “How come she’s not in school?” it’s a little weird.
But deep down I’m also somewhat relieved. Don’t get me wrong, I was totally willing to see this unschooling endeavour to whatever shores it lead to if that’s what Daughter wanted. I know first hand that a high school diploma is not the end all and there are plenty of people who get along just fine, some even awesomely, without one.
But reality is, it is still the easiest and quickest means to post secondary education if that’s what you’re after. Right now, that’s what Daughter is after and this is the direction we’re taking.
It also means that I won’t have be “ON” as much trying to come up with interesting projects and daily activities. Sure, I’ll still do those things but now at a more leisurely pace without as much fretting. Plus I’ll get more downtime while she’s working on her courses.
It promises to be an interesting year and I’m looking forward to this new development.