15 years old. How can I start giving myself a classical education?
I have the motivation to do it myself but I don’t really know where to start. Currently history is something of a loss because I’m trying to get college 101 classes out of the way with AP tests, which are incredibly shallow and boring. I’m mostly working on minimizing the damage to my mind: it’s the most acerebral, pedantic crap I’ve ever done.
I have a library card and a lot of passion, but where do I begin?
Currently I’m going through geometry and trigonometry for math, German for my language, and I’m reading whatever philosophy seems interesting.
It’s just frustrating because I could have done all this years ago, and now am stuck with abilities beyond my knowledge base, if that makes any sense.
My mom doesn’t have the time to work out a curriculum, and I don’t want her to. I prize independence of the
I was homeschooled through 5th grade with a couple of attempts at private school that failed horribly due to my advanced abilities over the children my age. My parents finally had me tested for another private school and they offered to bump me two grades. We compromised at one. I more or less wasted 2 1/2 years in private school, then returned to home school until my sophomore year when I took my Equivalency exam and ended HS there. From there I slowly began taking college classes.
I also helped my ex gf do the same. She “graduated” with her CHSPE (equivalency exam) at 16 and went into community college. She is now at Berkeley (after using me).
There are a few avenues for you at this point.
You can follow along in a similar fashion as you are now which closely resembles Montessori’s philosophy on education (although it is only practiced on a grade school level). Essentially, learning about what you are interested in.
Another alternative would be for you and your mom to search out already defined homeschool curriculums to use (although I found them to be lacking at times).
If the prestige of going straight to a University isn’t important to you, there are many programs that allow HS students to attend community colleges. Depending on your state, you might be able to take an equivalency test like the aforementioned CHSPE (California) and avoid any legal red tape associated with concurrent enrollment (highschool and College).
I’m glad to see that you’re eyes are wide open to your potential now. I can’t say that I’ve ended up an unsuccessful person, but my situation is far from what I planned. I’m 21. I have not yet started my upper division university work, though I have thoroughly exhausted all lower division transfer classes. I am a graphic designer at the University of California, Riverside and married.
That isn’t a terrible existence for someone my age, but I also realize that I had the potential to have been finished to graduate school with the time I’ve had.
Feel free to email me with any other questions you might have- sentient by design (at) yahoo . com
No spaces. Good luck and bravo on your accomplishments. Public school is a relatively new method of mass education which seems to fail the majority, whether highly intelligent or not.
If you are APing most of your primary college subjects, what do you want to do with your life? Apply for college and take a few courses also maybe find a job any job and talk to adults see what life experience advice they would give you. This is what I would tell me if I was 15 and in your shoes.
I would also recommend checking out the reading list for Great Books Academy: http://www.greatbooksacademy.org/curriculum_book_list.html
You may consider yourself agnostic, however even among those who do not believe the Bible to be true, when it comes down to scholastic value, wisdom, and teaching a person how to live; it is still said to be the best book ever written, a complete curriculum in, and by itself.
The best web sites I can recommend to you are;
These do not teach you what to think, but how to think, and after reading the sites with an open mind, judge for yourself if it is what you are looking for.
2. Pick some subjects that interest you and study them in detail.
Shame on you.
History is just reading. Don’t you like to read.
- Academic Writing
- Case Study
- Critical Thinking
- Education Questions
- Essay Tips
- Essay Writing
- Free Essay Samples
- Free Essay Templates
- Free Essay Topics
- Human Resources
- Problem Solving
- Research Paper
- Review Writing
- Social Issues
- Speech Writing
- Term Paper
- Thesis Writing
- Writing Styles