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Can (and Should) Unschoolers Go to College?

By Leo Babauta

The question of college is one of the top 3 questions people ask when they first hear about unschooling (including me):

Well, more on math soon, but today let's talk about college.

I'd actually like to answer two questions today: can they go to college, and should they go to college?

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On Runner's Ravings

I wasn’t the brightest student growing up. In the fourth grade, I was reading at a second grade level, and my writing was even worse. There were concerns that I would never catch up, and I would be destined to remain in special-help classes and never truly excel academically.

I got lucky. My parents compelled me to work harder, and my teachers were invaluable to my efforts as they worked with me to improve my skills. Thanks to them, I went from being a poor to an average student. For me, for everyone who had seen me grow up, this would do.

But then something else happened. Something my parents, my teachers, and certainly I never expected. I started to excel. My reading levels began to rise above the averages, and I began enrolling in what my junior high school referred to as “challenge” courses. My English teachers became impressed by my writing skills, and it was during this time that writing became a part of who I am.

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