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Mission Statement

I have several goals for this blog, all of which pertain to my views on self-directed learning.

1. I want this to be a resource for kids who are homeschooled, (or unschooled) want to be homeschooled, or simply are interested in education and self-directed learning. I will give details of my learning experiences, provide links to websites and books that I have found helpful, and tackle common concerns about homeschooling and unschooling.

2. I want to be a good example of what homeschoolers and teenagers (and homeschooled teenagers) can accomplish. The very common attitude of doubtfulness and lack of faith in teenagers and children is disappointing to me – I want to set the record straight.

3. I want to start discussions among students, teachers, and parents about education. The more people care about and talk about their own education, the more educated they will be.

4. I want this to be a project that I keep up for a long time. I don’t intend for this to stop after my year of homeschooling – I’m going to spend all year writing, researching, and thinking, about education, both as it pertains to me and to all children.

5. I intend to take this a step further. After my year of independent learning, I intend to write and attempt to publish a book about my experience, and some suggestions for other students. In this book, I will document some of the adventures that I go on and the research and projects that I do, and talk about some of the practical concerns of homescooling.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Byron permalink
    June 19, 2010 7:03 pm

    I LOVE the notion of you writing a book about your autodidactic experiences! If you like, I’d be happy to edit and critique anything you send me. Based on the quality of your posts, I suspect it will be no trouble for you to produce an articulate and compelling case for autonomous learning.

    I’m so excited for you, Bobbie Babb! Good luck in your adventures!

    • rbabb permalink
      June 21, 2010 12:22 am

      Thanks a lot Byron! Coming from such a fine writer as yourself, that means a lot. I’m glad that you’re interested and willing to help out; I’ll for sure be asking you for suggestions and/or edits in a few months. In the mean time, let me know if you think I need to include a certain something on the blog, or just general suggestions for improvement. And I want to hear about your learning experiences as well!

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