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.