Entrepreneur Asperger, getting unschooled, franchise instead of college

Penelope Trunk, founder of BrazenCareerist.com, offers career advice in over 200 newspapers. In an interview by Next Generation Consulting,Trunk shared her thoughts on unschooling, as well as about coming out as a professional with Asperger syndrome.

Right off, the interviewer, Rebecca Ryan, remarked that Trunk can be counted on to say things that sound outrageous, such as:

Kids who are unschooled are going to kick ass and kids who go to traditional factory school are going to be left in the dust.

That statement sums up Trunk's definition of unschooling. She said: "I'm kind of new to the trend, which is why I'm dying of happiness to talk about it." She defined unschooling in two pieces:
  1. The antiquated school system is set up to keep kids out of trouble while the parents work in factories and to teach the kids to follow rules so they can become good factory workers. That's not what we need. We need people to learn to think and run their lives in complicated ways.
  2. In the workforce, she sees a gulf between people who are constantly learning and people who think that school is for school. "So," she said, "unschooling is the idea that there's this way of learning in the world which is actually learning to be good productive engaged people and it never ends."
About the parents: Trunk said that Generation X is so much more iconoclastic than previous generations. They don't buy into the institutional system (or cannot afford it). They're much more willing to take their kids out of school. She describes them as a forward-thinking, practical, hipster group of people.

Trunk said that unschooling is starting at the college level. For example, she sees parents buying a franchise instead of a college program for their children. The general public, she said, is saying that college is a complete ripoff. They're not there yet saying no to 3rd grade, but the trend is trickling down.

About the next generation: Over the next ten years, Trunk predicts that we'll have two classes of kids: one set who knows how to run themselves in this world and another set who needs to be told what to do. Unschoolers, she said, are happier, more independent people. What does she most want for her sons? Engagement. The people who are the most unhappy can't figure out how to be engaged in anything. It's about finding out what they're interested in.

Listen to the interview: Getting Unschooled: An interview with Penelope Trunk (free version)

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1 comment:

  1. Today is very important to all of us to understand that old education system does not meet the needs of the modern world and this article is a bright confirmation. In the university such boring thing as essay writing for example not always be so needed as you can imagine. For this purpose you can to use some special resources.


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