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Freedom to Learn

If you have read any of my past blog posts, you’ve noticed that I mention one reason that I don’t particularly like going to school is the whole freedom-limiting aspect. But what do I mean by that? Let me articulate and expand upon one aspect this vague idea that I refer to over and over again – Freedom to Learn.

Working at a coffee shop two years ago with Isaac and Jadyn while my parents attended an event.
Working at a coffee shop two years ago with Isaac and Jadyn while my parents attended an event.

In my mind, homeschooling was a synonym for freedom. I could look up anything I wanted, any time of the day. I’d take breaks every once in a while to research a topic or an idea that I had wanted to know about, and occasionally write about them, such as this post from a while ago that I wrote about various phobias. I simply was interested in the hilarious and unique names for different phobias that I didn’t even know existed. As a result, I discovered the name of the one phobia I had and currently have: Ichthyophobia, or the irrational fear of fish. It’s always been a weird aspect of myself, as I’m not irrationally scared of anything else, and I’d rather have spiders crawl over me than jump into a lake with a fish. Anyways, back to the topic at hand.

I learned a lot more than just that, though. Every once in a while, I’d randomly stop my work and go learn something, some of which turned out to be beneficial to me later in life. Once, when I was learning Pre-Algebra through Khan Academy, I decided I wanted to learn basic trigonometry. So, I switched out of the Pre-Algebra tab and selected the Trig course. After an hour of work, I ingrained in my brain the trig functions and their uses. At the time, mom thought that although I was learning, I should be getting back to my actual work. Turns out, all that work wasn’t for nothing… Recently, in my Geometry class, we’ve been learning the basics of Trig, and my prior knowledge of the subject allowed me to drift off and rest in class for a few days and not miss anything I didn’t already know.

As I learned new things, I found myself memorizing things with only a few minutes of practice, which helped my acquisition of knowledge greatly. I can still recite 40 digits of Pi after not practicing for over a year (3.14159265358979323846… I’m not going to continue that), remember exactly what pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is and how to pronounce it, and list off my favorite cryptids (I did a two part post about this in 2014, which you can read here).

My point is, while school provides many new ideas to ponder and write about, it’s limited in that the teachers and administration choose what I learn, rather than myself. I learned so much from homeschooling that wasn’t actually part of my curriculum, such as how to make money from YouTube, the best buying and selling prices of various iPhones on eBay, or how to create my own non-electric, non-steerable and wood-made go-cart (Yes, I did that, and it was extremely fun being pulled by a friend on a bike down the street, racing against other kids).

School Life – Two Weeks Done, Many More on the Way….

Freedom.

Yep, that’s what school is, compared to homeschooling! 😛 Honestly though, it’s not that bad. It’s exactly like I thought it would be. 100%. I have 15 minutes to write this, so I better get typing.

First and foremost, I had my first soccer game yesterday! My first “real” game since last year, and my first competitive game in two years (I played in Nashville last year, but that was just a rec league and my team wasn’t the best)! We won 3-0, which was really awesome, and even though I got the least amount of playing time of almost everyone, and even though I played defense 100% of the time I was playing, it was still fun. I got the ball a ton, and I had to use all my willpower not to sprint up the field with the ball and shoot. I’d say I did that pretty well.

Moving on (since I’m stressed for time), school’s been pretty easy for the most part, and the only difficult thing I’m having trouble with is Biology. Math’s easy for me, and I got a 3 (vs a 4 (I think a 3 is the equivalent of a B) on one of my homework assignments instead of a 4 for not “showing my work”, but I did show my work, cause I did it all in my head 😛

For the most part it seems like busywork, but I feel like my World Literature class with help me with my writing, and I’ll learn some more Spanish in my Spanish class. I’m also taking an AP class (yay!), in which I am the only freshman. I’m doing AP computer science, and in addition to getting AP Credit, I also get CMC (Colorado Mountain College) credits! (double yay! (Kinda… I doubt I’m going to go there)

In addition to school, soccer’s been taking up a ton of my time, so I’ve had no time to do anything else besides eat, do homework, YoYo for like 5 minutes, and sleep. I’ve been getting in shape a ton, and I think this is the most shape I’ve been in in my life, but I’m not 100% sure because I was pretty fit back in Nashville last year.

Well, the bell’s about to ring for my next class. I think I’ll end that post here, but I’ll definitely continue to write about my school experiences in the future, and hopefully get some blog posts written over the weekend.

(Note to self – Add pictures later)

 

And so it begins…

The first week of public school, that is. I’ve never wanted to sleep more so bad. It’s been a long week, and I know that it will just be one of many long weeks,  but right now I see it as a turning point in my life. A 180-degree turn straight into the ground – I mean, the best thing that’s happened to me since we started traveling.

Okay, so it’s obviously not either of those extremes. It’s actually not that bad. I’m taking two online classes, and most of my classes are either easy or I enjoy them minus biology.  The teachers are really nice, and I enjoy learning what they have to teach. Soccer’s been tough, with practice directly after school, till 5:45, every day. So basically, my stereotypical schedule will be waking up at 6, getting to school at 7:30, staying in school till 3, going to soccer from 3-6, and then going to dinner. I’ll be detailing my first week of public school in the next post.