The Journey Begins
“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.”
Thoughts behind my decision
Hey I’m Jasbir and I’ve started homeschooling from this year… Was school an unhappy place? Were the studies too much for me? What about my friends? Was I lonely then or now?
As a kid school was a happy place for me, I just loved school, I made a lot of friends and was proud of going and learning new things at school !
I had no clue when things changed for me, I just knew I didn’t want to go to school anymore and it wasn’t a happy place anymore. I now challenged everything at school, the way teachers taught, the long school hours, opportunities given to a chosen few and lack of enough sports time. Homework and studying after I got home was my biggest pain. I lost interest in studies, even today studies is not what I want to do… mom says my favourite dialogue is, “I want freedom” and mom’s is “from what?”
Now I think the answer is “from school!!” Cause the criticism I went thorough was awful, it’s made me into someone who is always scared of doing things, what if people laugh at me or call me fool ?!
So I definitely don’t feel sorry for not going to school, it’s true that at the starting of it one feels lonely but you get around it. I certainly did!
I still go to school to see my friends, I stand out of my school to meet my classmates I feel happy that they are happy seeing me. But I don’t miss being in class with them.
Today I have various friends groups i.e friends where I live, friends in my tuition classes, at my basketball class, my dance class and also the college students I meet when attending mom’s training are good friends today.
I am afraid to study, learn new things cause I fear me not getting it right. Why? Because when I was in school I used to be embarrassed every day for not being upto the mark of the class and was pulled up for wanting to stretch my legs or going out to meet my friends in the other classroom. I am not dumb, but I just can’t study stuck in a classroom.
For me learning or studying needs to be done at my pace, which I am able to now since I am home-schooling. I can now study at my own pace and don’t have to be under pressure of completing a chapter on time. I decide the time I need to complete a chapter. In school there is limited time given for a chapter to be completed and teachers move to the next chapters and if you don’t understand then you are dumb.
Now I have a timetable which even though I have made it with my mom, is a mix of everything – studying, games, diy-projects, gadget time (well there was a war for gadget time, but I am now happy with what I have), cooking and of course blogging !
I love the fact that I can plan my day according to me, and if I miss a day of my timetable, I can cover up for it without being left behind.
Learning now happens everyday for me, everywhere for me, in the kitchen I learn about spices and different cuisines, when I make my diy-projects I have learnt that I am also good at doing stuff, I am learning how to sort out my own problems like when my society friends fight about silly thinks, I learning how to be calm with grand parents and be responsible.
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