I have blog readers and people in my day-to-day life ask me about my homeschooling. When they find out I follow this strange sounding style of learning called “unschooling”, their curiosity is peaked.
I’ve talked about my unschooling and school history on this blog before, but looking back, it all seems so complicated to the reader.
Why? Because unschooling doesn’t follow the “do this, not that” mindset. Is it the idea that children are the only teacher they need.
I am my teacher. I taught myself photography. I taught myself to cook. I taught myself how to be vegan. I taught myself nutrition. I taught myself how to write. I taught myself about rats (okay, the rats taught me that one). I am teaching myself how to have peace and patience.
I could have enlisted teachers for all those…. or gone to school and learned about cookie-cutter math, art, and science. But where would that have gotten me? By teaching myself, I have proved to other, and most importantly myself, that I am capable of following my passions and finding my way in this messed up world we live in.
What we don’t need are “teachers”, in the common sense, but people. People who lead by example, who volunteer their information. People whom from we can learn.
For photography, I watched Hannah Kaminsky.
For veganism, I relied on books (who were written by people volunteering their knowledge).
For cooking, I watched cooking shows and picked up countless cookbooks for inspiration.
For writing, I read. I had one english teacher in 7th grade, however, that was not a “teacher” in the traditional sense. He truly was a person who volunteered his love and knowledge of writing, and I learned a great deal from him!
Unschooling does not mean you have to learn alone– it means you can choose the person you learn from. It means that you have the confidence to know that often, you are that person!
It saddens me to no end that kids and teens everywhere put their knowledge and lives in the hands of people who are in a system of low-pay and status, and suffer for it.
I greatly admire the people who teach community classes about their passions, and the people who live their passions and inspire others to do the same.
I aspire to lead by example. What do you aspire to?