Sunday 8 December 2019

‘Learning is directed towards my interests’

CAELUM GORMAN: “I could go to school if I wanted to, but I don't. I like being home schooled and I think I have all the bases covered: I am learning a lot, I still get to spend enough time with other kids and I am happy. Academically, what I learn about is sometimes quite different to what friends my age would study at school. What I learn is directed more toward my interests.

One of my greatest interests is computer programming, particularly game development. I recently started work on my first 3D game. I've done 2D games in the past but now I'm trying something new.

This works well because learning is way easier when it's something you enjoy.

Plus, with the free time I get from not going to school, I get plenty of time to work on various projects.

I also have lots of time for social interaction. I like to meet other people through CoderDojo.

CoderDojo is a global network of clubs that teach young people in areas specialising in computer programming and computer technology. I learned to programme at CoderDojo and I enjoy talking with people there. I also sometimes help mentor at another CoderDojo where the kids haven't been coding as long as the kids at my club.

I also like to use the internet as |a social outlet, since it is extremely easy to find kids with similar interests online. I often chat with kids from around the world. I feel quite lucky to be home schooled.

Mentally, I think I am generally less stressed than my friends that go to school, as there is nothing for me to worry about.

I know that some kids might dislike home-schooling because you have to decide a lot of things for yourself, but I love having the freedom to learn what I want to learn.”

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