Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How Will They Go To College?

Whenever I see discussions about unschooling, or talk with people about the idea, I often see or hear this question- How will they take the SAT/ACT to get into college? It is a legitimate concern, and I understand that most of us have been programmed to think people MUST go to college so they can get a good job, make money, have nice things, and be "successful". First, we need to let go of that ...idea. Success is not found in material things. Success is finding a way to support yourself doing something you enjoy. For many, that will not require graduating from college. Here's a short list of "successful" people who didn't graduate from college you may have heard of- Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Ralph Lauren, Ansel Adams, Julie Andrews, John D. Rockefeller, Sir Richard Branson, Dave Thomas, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. A film school rejected Steven Spielberg. Your child may not want to go to college, rendering the above question moot. But suppose they do want to go to college. That would make scoring well enough on the SAT/ACT important to them. The same resources available to schooled kids are also available to unschooled kids. Study guides, practice tests, prep classes, tutors, etc. If scoring well on those tests is important to them, they will find a way to make it happen

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