Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Once a homeschooler

Bethany's college classes don't start up again until late August, but she is hard at work. She's teaching herself Latin.

When we first discovered that Latin knowledge was required for the graduate program that she is interested in I was really disappointed. She's starting her senior year. Her schedule is full. She can't take Latin. She'll have to change her plans.

She, however, saw it differently. She asked me to help her find a Latin curriculum. While we waited for it to arrive she found some websites to help her get started. She is making quick progress and I have no doubt that she will have the necessary Latin knowledge for grad school.

I realized yesterday that Bethany, in nine years of unschooling, from fourth grade through high school, learned a very important lesson that I had nearly forgotten: A class is not a necessary ingredient for learning. Neither is a teacher.

Oh, yeah.


Dakotapam said...

How cool! Well done, Jane!

Marie N. said...

Great job, Bethany! There's more than one way to skin a cat.

Henry Cate said...

A good reminder that education can happen outside of school.