Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Unschoolers Celebrate Themselves

‘Unschooled’ get diplomas in unique graduation ceremony

"The graduates participated in a unique commencement ceremony designed to showcase their individuality.

Specializing in areas such as sheep raising, combat robotics, cosmetology, floral design and break-dancing, each student took the lead in deciding how his or her education would be administered

Webb said any student with willing parents can be home schooled and many see results that reach far beyond what’s achieved in public school. Founded in 1993, West River Academy accepts students from across Colorado as well as from other states and countries.

Through “unschooling,” students are able to develop their own identities and explore various options for the future, rather than being forced to “march to the beat of someone else’s drum for 12 years of their lives,” Webb said."