“What to do next if you’re too cool for university” – This headline got my attention!

Following on from my piece about ‘hackschooling’, this is about a new University/College- level movement – ‘uncollege’. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/mar/18/uncollege-replacement-for-university-degree an article by Anna Fazackerley. 

I like Stephen’s premise, “I want to live in a world where people are free to make their own choices,” he says. “I think not going to university should be an option that you are not judged for. There is nothing wrong with these institutions of learning existing. What is wrong is that people go to them and pay lots of money without realising there are other ways to learn.” OTHER WAYS TO LEARN. This isn’t a movement about stopping your education, your learning, but finding innovative, self-guided ways to continue with it after ‘school’. I’m not surprised a homeschooler came up with such a progressive idea – Stephens was homeschooled since he was 12 and he’s already a successful entrepreneur and a newly minted published author!

Some people have said that I’m homeschooling my kids because of my own negative experience of school as a child. Although I had some negative experiences, I had many positive ones as well so I don’t consider that the whole story at all. Well, I loved University, especially the learning experience Cambridge offered me but I still don’t think it’s for everyone. We are already letting our children know that University/College is something that they can choose to do or not as long as whatever the alternative, it is productive and interesting and worthwhile.

 

 

 

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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2 Responses to “What to do next if you’re too cool for university” – This headline got my attention!

  1. Dad says:

    Penny,
    Always interested to read your Emails. Home education up to what age ? I am still in touch with the people I met at school and University and they were of greatest importance to me immediately after completing my education and still are now!

    Dad.

    • Hi Dad, I loved University too but not for the people I met. There are so many great ways to meet people now with more opportunities than ever before, especially because I’m lucky enough to travel so much and live in different places. I hope the kids will find lots of new ways to connect with people in their young adulthood. I think the world is open to them in a way I never dreamed of 🙂

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