This great headline is brought to you via Zev Singer of the The Ottawa Citizen and was found in a story about 19 year old Emily Witts. In a nut shell:
From ‘unschool’ to head of the class
When Emily Witts was homeschooled, the curriculum was pretty simple: her parents got her a library card. Read what you want, they said.
For the next decade, there were no tests or exams, no science projects, no report cards.
So it was a bit of a culture shock for her last year, when Witts, now 19, finally went to school…
The academic achievement, and the determination that went into her transition from the Pippi Longstockingesque curriculum to the more usual scholastic world, has landed Witts a Spirit of the Capital Youth Award in the category of academic perseverance.
And how is it working out so far?
So far, Witts has scored one B+, one A, and in each of the other seven courses an A+.
Soon, she will graduate.
While this piece quotes Emily’s defense of unschooling:
The wide-open educational model is sometimes referred to as “unschooling” and Witts defends it, saying a lot of people can’t see how it would work. She says it has huge advantages, like not burning kids out and souring them on learning.
The fact that this is a story of a girl who learned to assume the responsibility for her own education, and, with that, was able to put an entire elementary and secondary school ‘career’ into a single year is left to the reader to pick up on. And that story is not as unusual as Emily’s award might suggest.