Thank you so much, Emma, and I hope to have you back soon! =)Hello Bibliophila Followers! *waves* I happen to be Emma from Booking Through 365. Maggie asked me to do a guest post on twitter about anything I desire, and after her great post on unschooling, I felt I thought I should squeeze a bit more life out of the issue!I am in fact unschooled like Maggie. Which means for me that I have a curriculum for math and spelling and the rest is a free for all that constantly changes varying on my interests. Right now, I’m writing a book involving time travel and dictatorship. This involves a heavy amount of historical, political and scientific research, not to mention a lot of actual writing. I’m preoccupied with that as well as the typical math *grumble* and spelling. I’ve been unschooled since I was born. I love the freedom to do what I’m interested in or even just work out a system that is effective for me.Overall, I have it pretty great. But it is definitely annoying when I am finally cornered by people who are just amazed how homeschooling is possible. Most commonly people like to ask how I get social interaction, even when I am obviously around people behaving normally. My personal favourite is when people like to quiz me on peninsulas and algebra, because those things will obviously give a person a decent assessment on my intelligence. But what is the most baffling is when people talk about not being exposed to “the real world” enough.What is this elusive ‘real world’ everyone talks about that I am not being exposed to? I talk to agents and authors on a regular basis via social networking about how to write. I do a martial art that’s all about balance and harmony. I have several mentors, including a former singing teacher and a yoga instructor. I see plays and concerts on a regular basis. I’ve written two books, for crying out loud. How is sitting in a room for six hours a day learning facts passively the majority of the time the ‘real world’? I still don’t get it. I think my future boss would be much more impressed by my ability to run programs that I learned by being a part of my library committee as opposed to just doing what I’m told without any innovative imput.There are so many things that I think are valuable about the home/unschooling process. I bet you that I understand myself and the world more than an average student my age who has been forced to get bogged down in social politics and trends at school. Time is the most precious benefit that I have had on my side as an unschooler. I don’t have four hours of homework a night on top of six hours of being at school. When my parents divorced, I had time to process and get through the emotional constraints. Even now I spend a lot of time with my mom just discussing the separation, but that is what’s necessary. I’ve been able to research religion and politics to better understand the world and who I want to become. When the Gardasil vaccine came out, I got to research it to see if I really wanted to be injected. It’s that sort of relevance that is so important to education and learning. I haven’t spent my time learning things that I have absolutely no interest in, because even if something isn’t all that appealing to me, I can learn it in ways that are.I’ve been exposed to the real world much more than the average student. I’m really lucky to have this kind of opportunity for my education. When I’m eighteen, I will be going to university to get an English degree and then major inI just want to thank you again Maggie! Being on your blog was so much fun. . I wouldn’t have any sense of what I wanted to do if it wasn’t for being unschooled.
June 28, 2010
For my second guest poster (this is a little odd, as I'm all sitting down scheduling these at the same time), the spectacular teenage Emma of Booking Through 365 agreed to write her own post about unschooling! You can also follow her on Twitter @SekritEmuSister. She does a pretty awesome job of introducing herself, so I'll let her take it from here!