Done with School
Today is the last day of my junior year, and I’m not coming back to school. My friend Ciaran and I announced this morning our intention to homeschool next school year instead of returning to School of the Woods. The entirety of our high school (minus the seniors – they finished last week) looked at us silently with sad and confused eyes. I was more nervous than I expected to be as we explained how we wanted to pursue learning on our own, and how a structured school environment just didn’t allow us to do that. I told them all, honestly, that I would miss them and that I would keep in touch and visit the school often.
I’ve been answering questions all morning: Who’s going to teach you? What are you going to do? Are you just dropping out? None of these questions are new to me – as I’ve been discussing the idea of homeschooling with my parents, teachers, and close friends, I’ve had to answer them repeatedly. I will admit, though, that the last one, Are you just dropping out?, really caught me off guard. “No!” I gasped in response, and explained how I was enrolling in Clonlara, a home based education program started by a high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I wanted to make sure that everyone knew that I wasn’t a failure or lazy or any of those negative connotations of “dropping out.”
So, why do I care so much?