In a world that’s run by computers, it’s very easy to accept the concept of computer school. Goodness knows there’s a time in every kid’s life when they beg their parents to be homeschooled. Well, I’m here to tell you kids just how much you’re missing out on. Ha!
I’ve attended a digital academy from home since junior high school, and probably will remain schooled from home until the cows come home, or my junior year when I plan to go to the vocational school to study graphic arts. I’ve got to tell you, it’s pretty awesome. Can you imagine a world where you wake up, stretch, yell to your Mom, “Mom, I’m off to school!” take five steps, sit at a computer, and start your schoolwork? That is a great world.
Many people don’t see it that way, though. There’s only one class I take at the high school: orchestra. Violas rule! Anyway, I once had someone ask me, “Why are you homeschooled? I could never deal with that.” I responded, “Because the school is messed up.” The truth is I also had a lot of problems with schoolwork, so maybe I’m just bitter.
I had problems paying attention in school. Basically, every time my teacher would talk I would use my crayons and create a fantasy world. Maybe if school was more like The Magic School Bus then things would be all fine and dandy, but my school was boring. Not to mention that math was a mortal enemy of mine. I really wasn’t good at math, and that really bugged me. They tried to blame it on ADHD, which we all knew I didn’t have.
There are kids out there that have it and truly have trouble because of it. A few of my friends do, but I don’t. In a way, they were trying to find an easy solution for a problem that just required some work. As sad as it is, that’s what happening at a lot of schools. Thankfully, my parents knew there was something more to my problems and got me the help I needed. This all played a big part in why I’m homeschooled in the first place.
I also like the time factor. Instead of spending six hours doing schoolwork, I spend two hours on it. That gives me a lot of time to play Guitar Hero, Pac-man, and spend more time on the computer. Just like every other teenager in America, I’m addicted to my computer. Most days, I have enough time to work on stuff that might help me prepare for my future – like writing or making movies.
Some people say homeschooling causes social problems. Um, have they met me? I talk to people till their ears bleed. School wasn’t really meant for socializing anyway. We’re there to learn. Socializing is for later in life. Besides, some of the world’s most famous people were loners: Albert Einstein, Jane Seymour, Hannibal Lecter – you know, those guys.
In a way, orchestra is a way for me to socialize. I’ve met some of my best friends there. Horse riding is also a way for me to socialize. I met my best friend that way. I’ve met many close friends at my barn. If you take classes somewhere, like at the YMCA or maybe join the regular school’s drama club, you can be social that way, too. You can meet people you have a lot in common with.
Some parents get concerned because if their child is homeschooled, they won’t get on the sports teams, like football and basketball, or in the case at the local public school, track and lacrosse. As it happens, Kathy (another homeschooled student in orchestra) and I have made our own sports team. We’re the Digital Academy Lady Otters and we’re very strict with practices. Every other Saturday we go over to Kathy’s house. She has a basketball hoop and we sit in her driveway and drink Sunny Dee. Every time we win a game, we have pot-roast to celebrate. Mmm, pot-roast. Okay, I made that part up, but we do talk about playing basketball sometimes.
In all seriousness, I partake in horse riding. It’s great exercise. I also used to take karate, in which, yes, I kicked butt. It’s a good form of exercise and a great way to let your mind be free.
In the future, everyone is going to have to learn to use the computer. As it is, our fast food system is run by computers, so why not our schools? This way, our schools can teach us everything from working in stocks to working in fast-food joints. It’s an all-around system.
I say that however parents choose to school a child should be based on how their child reacts. If your kid works better with computers, maybe consider homeschooling. If you like regular school, go for it. Personally, I’ve just always been a homeschooler at heart. It works a lot better with my study habits, but we’re all different people and we all enjoy different things. I guess you just have to decide what way will give you a better education.Powered by Sidelines