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  •  Everything you say certainly (0+ / 0-)

    seems  to on target to me. I came from a blue collar family but accepted in part the conventional wisdom about the value of an education. I saw both the truth and the short-comings of buying into it. I have an independent streak and a certain aversion to authority for authority's sake. I adjusted along the way primarily because I saw it in my own best interest to do so. At the end of the day, I think that is what we all must do.

    Our educational choices are but one category of decisions we make as we construct our lives. I have known students who refused to learn in particular setting because they did not like the teacher. They could not see that they were hurting themselves far less than the teacher and disadvantaging themselves in the process. Rejection of the educational system in total in order to become completely self-taught bears some similarity in my view but on a grand scale. One also has to wonder if there is not some element of just wanting to be free to only think about and learn what one wants to think and learn without being challenged. The challenge sometimes is a critical element in the learning process and one that good instructors use appropriately.

    If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. - Gail Sheehy

    by itisuptous on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 10:02:41 AM PDT

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    •  Challenging work (0+ / 0-)

      It's quite possible that some people want to be free to think and learn about only what they want to in order not to be as challenged, but I think in the long run that people who unschool and/or are autodidacts quite likely do challenge themselves.  That's because when truly free to make our own choices, when we truly have ownership of our learning and direction in life, our innate drive to be engaged with life and learning kicks in.  After all, who wants to be bored?  That is, if in a healthy relationship with life and not impaired by having been controlled into learning.

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