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.