Interview with a 14 yo Unschooler
Here are a few questions I asked my son Bret about his experiences being an Unschooling teenager:
Me: If you where going to explain to someone who had never heard of Unschooling what Unschooling was what would you say?
Bret: Basically, we don’t do anything unless we feel like it. Then we do what we feel like doing.
Me: What do you like about Unschooling?
Bret: I get to sleep late and not get up early.
Me: Is there anything you don’t like about Unschooling?
Bret: You don’t have as many friends.
Me: How do you think you are the same or different from a Public Schooled kid?
Bret: I think I am different becasue I don’t like talking to people
until I get to know them and feel like I can be myself. If I was in
public school I’d probably be okay with it because I would have to talk
in front of people all the time.
Me: Since we don’t use tests or grades or even have assignments how do you know you are learning?
Bret: Everybody knows when they are learning! Instead of being forced
to memorize facts I learn at my will and remember it because I wanted
to learn it and wasn’t being forced to.
Me: What is your favorite thing to do?
Bret: Take showers.
Bret: Because I like the cold water. But only in showers not when I go swimming. (???????????????)
Me: Anything else you want to add about Unschooling?
Bret: Yea, when people first hear you don’t go to school they want to
ask you stupid questions mainly about math or science. They phrase it
completely incorrectly where it’s impossible to answer, because they
want to see if you know stuff. Like hey I can spell this one word that
you can’t. It’s annoying!