Learning away from home: Home-schoolers adjust to UT, 14 April 2008, UT The Daily Texan, Austin, Texas
As a home-schooled student, Thomas enjoyed the flexibility that came with learning. Early on, school was more like a field trip with visits to museums. As Thomas progressed in her studies, reading, writing and math assignments came from workbooks that could be adjusted if the material was too easy or too difficult. Vacations to destinations like Italy, Spain, Mexico and Australia complemented conventional curriculum as well. …
“The main problem [with being home-schooled] introduced for me is because my background is more open and flexible, I’m not desensitized to having to deal with bureaucratic aspects of a school like this,” she said.
Large science classes for non-majors are not made to entice students to learn, but rather taught as a requirement, Halpin said.
“High school students think of teachers as the enemy, and they carry that over,” Thomas said. “They were never forced upon me.”
Thomas said she has learned from students that they are bored with the typical high school experience, and that is something she notices now during her classes as well.
“I’m looking down the sea of computers at people playing games on MySpace while the teacher is talking, and I can’t fathom that. High school sets people up wrong,” she said. …