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Learning to Socialize, for Unschoolers

By Leo Babauta

One of the first questions anyone has when we talk to them about unschooling (or homeschooling in general) is "How do they learn to socialize?" It was definitely one of our first questions.

This is a good question, and the honest answer is that while there are lots of good ways, I don't have the perfect solution here. It's also not as big a deal as most people might imagine.

But let's talk about some of the assumptions that most people make when they ask about socializing:

Second Semester Senior, Baby!

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The second semester. It's what every single high school senior awaits. It's one of the most well-known phenomenons of high school students all over the States. Students, teachers, and parents all take for granted that the second semester of senior year is supposed to the most stress-free time of students' lives.

The whole logic is that colleges only have grades, extracurricular activities, and whatnot for three and a half years of high school. That last half, the second semester of senior year, is completely irrelevant to college admissions. Sure universities can withdraw their offer if you experienced a horrid second semester, but it's almost unheard of.

As a current second semester senior, I am surrounded by this mentality. People complain about getting work because "it doesn't matter" anymore. I've admittedly most likely thought the same thing at least once. But the more I think about this whole concept of the "second semester senior," the more I hate it.

In short, it is implying that the only purpose of high school is to get into college. Every thing you do in high school, whether it be grades or sports or whatever, is to gain admission into a college. In the end, that is all that matters. College is viewed as an end goal to high school students, not a place along a journey.

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