Hang on a second while we grab that post for you.
This public media "authentic fiction" sought to crowdsource perspectives about education today. The Zed Omega teens, played by actors, "dropped out loud" from high school -- catalyzing open discussion about the structures and purpose of traditional education and its alternatives. The arc of each Zed Omega character was unscripted: they responded to ideas that people presented. The collaborative thought experiment and "interactive documentary" was live on social media during fall semester 2012. (-Learn more-) (-Credits-) (-Facebook-) (-Twitter-)
Press: WIRED / ARGN - Current - NCME1 - NCME2 - Center for the Future of Museums - StoryForward - AIR -Games for Change - MPR - Sparknotes
So, you’ve taken the plunge. You’ve dropped out of school, sidestepped highschool, or decided it’s time for your textbooks to go. You’re a full-blown unschooler—and you’re bored. Perhaps you miss the mental stimulation of that one class you enjoyed last semester, or…
hithertokt asked: You said that this is a trial dropping out period for you. How is it going? What's good about it? What's bad? I'd love to hear an update!
lizabethdavis: It’s going well. I’ve had time to do things I haven’t been able to do in H.S. I drove to California with my cousin. I’ve been able to read books that I enjoy. I’ve picked up the guitar I haven’t played since I started H.S. For a while I was upset that I didn’t see my friends as much, now I’m fine with it. The only way I would go back to high school is if they changed it. -- via Lizzie, http://lizabethdavis.tumblr.com/post/36156962652/you-said-that-this-is-a-trial-dropping-out-period-for
Clare responds: hey thanks! that’s great that you’re actively seeking out other methods of getting your education. Unschooling looks like a great option, doesn’t it?? And that’s awesome that you KNOW you want to graduate from college because that will help motivate you to REALLY learn the stuff you need to to get there!! As of right now I really have to say I don’t have any tips…I’m in the same boat as you are!! I’ve been thinking about unschooling and although I’ve gotten great advice from people around me, I am unsure about all the specifics…The best thing I could tell you is to find a community of people (maybe check out my friend Nora’s FB or Tumblr—you can find the links on the edzedomega.org website) that are or have been unschoolers/homeschoolers and ask them for advice. The biggest thing I think is to stay motivated. Remember your long-term goals (graduating from college) and KEEP AT IT! Even when it gets tough. Thanks for checking out my blog! Good luck!!
Sierra Goldstein – What is Failure?
Wonderful example of how naturally intelligent and inquisitive children are.
Take a look at this article. It’s so silly. MN Office of Higher Ed, you can’t tell people not to learn things just because the instructor isn’t paying you!
I didn’t even know about Coursera before (the site that has lots of free college courses), but now I might sign up!
My mom showed me this article and this is what she said, “Funny thing is, Minnesotans are just told not to use it, there isn’t a physical/technological restriction. I bet this just increases the use by folks in MN!!!” I agree. Check it out!
Pam Sorooshian (via naturalmomma)
No segregation for education….
Sugata Mitra, the coolest guy in the world (via spookystirner)
[Agree! Thoroughly recommend Sugata Mitra’s TED talk on peer-shared knowledge and self-instruction. - Zephyr]
Clare’s TOP TEN!!
Following are the top ten (or so) posts that really stuck with me throughout the whole semester. ENJOY!
Laurel’s video to me with some questions about how to proceed with the semester really helped kick off the project for me. It brought up some good questions that I have kept with me throughout the semester and still think about.
Derik’s facebook message was GREAT because he seemed so passionate about not only just education but HIGHER education. It made me really think about COLLEGE which is something that’s honestly, NEVER on my mind. I’m still trying to decide if I want to go to college or not…I’ll just see where life takes me!
I’m sure I share this favorite with the other zed omegas too…This message from Valeria asking what my dream school would look like really made me sit down and think about what I REALLY want from a school. What I think might actually WORK rather than just dwelling on what DOESN’T work. It was also really fun to make a presentation video explaining what an ideal school would look like to me.
Brandie has had TONS of things to say throughout the course of the semester. We’ve even had some one on one conversations that were really helpful to me! I think this was the first post that I saw from her. It really got into some of the logistics of unschooling/self-directed study (like what are the resources you can use to learn?) and it helped me on my path to my final decision to unschool.
here’s another post from Brandie that was helpful about students teaching other students and resources for that. Another great idea that really sparked my interest!
Lisa wrote this great post about where I can find other people who are just like me when it comes to their ideas about school. She also shared a girl named Leah’s blog-(http://leahmiller.typepad.com) Leah is an unschooler and also an actress just like me! This post helped me to feel supported in my decision to want to leave school and it DEFINITELY helped me feel less alone.
This article was really entertaining and pretty true (in my opinion) I posted about it on my facebook page and got a pretty good discussion going… It’s about the courses in school that are “pointless” and why. I think this article can be a bit controversial and that’s why I like it. It can really spark a good discussion.
I liked this post a lot. It’s about the courses school SHOULD offer. Like a “life 101” course where you learn to do your taxes, how to vote, how to balance a checkbook etc. I THOROUGHLY believe that schools (especially public schools) should offer a course like this. I think it would be IMMENSELY helpful to many many students.
recently I made a blog post about finally breaking it to my parents that I’m serious and want to continue on the unschooling path. I asked for advice from all my followers on tumblr and posted it to twitter. Shauna (who follows me on twitter) saw it and wrote me this WONDERFUL email. She’s a “life long learner” and has been an unschooler since preschool! She had so many great bits of advice for me. Here’s another post about Shauna from earlier in the semester:
She really makes me feel like I CAN do it. I can unschool successfully and become a smart well rounded person.
So there they are! My top ten (or so) posts! Let me know if you have any questions! And KEEP THE GREAT POSTS COMING! By the end of next month I want my top ten to become a TOP TWENTY! or even a TOP THIRTY!! Everyone’s advice is INVALUABLE to me at this point. Thanks to EVERYONE who continues to offer their advice/support to me and all the other zed omegas!