There is a lot of social pressure to go to school and to college, but neither is absolutely necessary to lead a fulfilling and successful life. Just ask any of the thousands of unschooled kids across the nation, or any of the college dropouts who have become billionaires. School is only a means to an end, and shouldn’t be confused with the end itself. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are considering taking an alternate route:
Are You Willing To Take On More Responsibility?
Are you willing to make decisions for yourself about what to learn and how? Are you willing to define your own goals and keep yourself on track towards achieving them? Unschooling yourself means drawing free-hand on the canvas of life instead of connecting the dots. This can only work if you are willing to be creative, courageous, and responsible. Quitting school doesn’t mean you get to do nothing instead; it means you have the freedom, and the responsibility, to do more.
Do You Have A Vision?
Do you have a vision of what you would like to achieve? Is school helping you realize that vision or is it getting in the way? If you can see a more direct route to pursue your objectives in life, then by all means follow it, and don’t doubt that you will be able to learn whatever you need to learn along the way.
Are You Passionate About What You Are Studying?
This is essentially the only reason to be in school: if you are passionate and excited about what you are studying, so that the learning process is rewarding in and of itself, then by all means keep doing it. There’s no reason to punish yourself with boredom and misery in exchange for some vaguely promised delayed gratification, when life is meant to be seized and enjoyed, and there is so much you could be doing right now that would be rewarding, satisfying, and practical.