Who needs school?

 My first post is a big one

I get a lot of questions about being home schooled. A lot of the small minded, traditionalist people that ask them often assume I’m uneducated and won’t succeed in life because I didn’t go to school. That is not the case at all, in fact I think I’m ahead of my age group in many ways. This blog isn’t for me to rant to you about my beliefs on home educating, it is a way for me to express my feelings, talk about my decisions, help you understand why I chose to be home educated, but also to maybe change your views and give you a better understanding on home education.

There are always different ways people react when I tell them I’m home educated, everyone’s different and everyone has different opinions. Some people don’t understand it, some people find it fascinating, others think its an amazing thing to experience and are truly jealous of my situation. Most of the reactions I get from people are ‘I don’t think I could do that, I’d miss my friends too much’ or ‘that’s so cool, I wish my parents would let me do something like that!’ But the reaction that annoys me the most is ‘but school is important for your future, you won’t get anywhere in life without qualifications.’

You don’t need school to get somewhere in life

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but people who believe you need school to go places and do things with your life obviously know nothing about home schooling, what they also don’t know is that some of the richest people in the world dropped out of school at a young age. You will have heard the phrase ‘the world is your oyster’ and ‘you only live once.’ Your life is yours to do what you please, I don’t want want to be stuck in a school, learning things I won’t use in life, with people I don’t like, so why would I stay there?

One of my favorite quotes is ‘take the road less traveled by’ because it is exactly what I do. People that go to school and people that believe school is the only option, if you want a good career, choose the road most traveled, simply because that is what they have been brought up to think, because it is all they know, and it is what everybody else does. Being home schooled lets me learn about things I want to learn about, and how I want to learn them. I’m am ahead of some people in certain subjects, and behind on others, but that is the case whether you go to school or not. In school I was awful at maths (I still am!!) I just don’t get it! it confuses me! It has since I started learning it and I think it always will! However I have always loved English and understand most of it quite well. When you are home schooled, you are taught the things you need to know, you have time to practice what you don’t understand and work faster on the things you do. The pace is up to you, not up to your teacher or the rest of your class mates. I spent a long time in school learning about triangles for maths (something that I detest till this day!) I hated it. I didn’t put my full effort into it because I didn’t see the point learning it (I still don’t.) I want to learn about things I need in life such as, renting a house, how to pay bills and generally look after yourself when you have to leave the safe confines of the class room. Bill gates is one of the richest men in the world and gave an amazing speech on high schools, I’ll post the link to it below, it’s defiantly worth a read! To get somewhere in life, you don’t need qualifications (although yes they do help) you need drive, ambition, a get up and go attitude, but most importantly you need to know that whatever happens you should never give up just because it seems the easier option.

You don’t need a textbook to learn

Some of the most asked questions I get are ‘Are you allowed to just leave school?’ or ‘how does home schooling work?’ or ‘do you not miss your friends and being at school?’ Learning from home is all about making the most of what’s around you. Learning from doing. All my life I have wanted to work with horses (my biggest passion) so I spent the majority of my time working with them, learning around them, understanding them, but most importantly, learning from them. They are my textbooks. They teach you in many ways. I know how to keep books, what feed to give what animal, the insides and outs of the horse, caring after operations, managing costs, and much more, all from working with horses. The most important part of it all though is that I learned naturally because I wanted to, not because I was told if I didn’t I wouldn’t do well in life, or because I was told I had to. I learnt a lot and gained a lot of experience through doing what I loved most in the world, not from sitting in a classroom spending an hour writing off the board about volcanoes! I don’t have to stay up all night writing essays about something that doesn’t interest me, just because I was told buy someone, that it was important to write 3000 words on a topic I hate, for me to succeed in life. Now I know you’re thinking ‘she’s crazy to think that horses teach her maths and English.’ But I don’t just rely on horses to teach me everything. I am also on the IGCSE Cambridge university home schooling plan. Which is an amazing program that allows me to still enjoy my horses, not worry about doing work at set times, to work on my level at my pace, understand things better, and gives me freedom to live my life how I want to and still have an education at the same time. It really is an amazing program, with helpful tutors and easy to follow instructions.

I have been home schooled a long time now and have enjoyed every day of it. Yes there have been times that I have doubted my decision to leave school, and yes I have worried if it was the right choice to make, but that’s what happens when you make choices that essentially change your life. You will always have a time when you worry if your decision was for the best. But over all I am happy with the way I live my life and the things I have done with it so far.

Thank you for reading my first post. I hoped you have a better understanding on why people choose home schooling now. I will keep you posted on my life as a home schooled teen as often as a can.

Bill gates ’11 things school doesn’t teach you’ speech: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~nreed/pub/11things.pdf