Ben Williams’ Home School Diary

Learn all about home-schooling by reading Ben Williams’ memoirs. Ben left the intellectual col-de-sac known as the government school system and now enjoys life as a home-schooler. Use the board at the right to ask him questions about his new life or to post your own home-school experiences and aspirations. Ben is totally psyched to give you a glimpse of education as it used to be: a private experience free from governmental interference.(7/5/99) I just quit school and am the happiest I’ve ever been! No more violations of rights, no more busy work designed to keep youths powerless, no more lectures about respect noise, or other awful perverted school ploys. That’s why I call it UNschooling!

(7/6/99) I should have specified. I have JUST quit school. I’m only a few weeks into the summer after my last year. Some of my plans though, involve reading and writing much more, going to more of the University libraries (I live in Ithaca NY, that’s right next to Cornell) and doing more volunteer work. I’ll keep this board posted on what I’m up to and any advice I have. If you are even the least bit interested in Unschooling, then read The Teenage Liberation Handbook. Peace!

I can do what I want when I want and as much as I want. And I’m learning everything from English to Quantum Mechanics.

(9/14/99) Now that the school year has started it’s time for me to hit the books (ya, right). As said above I’m an Unschooler. I just started this year and let me tell you, it feels good to be free from school. I can do what I want when I want and as much as I want. And I’m learning everything from English to Quantum Mechanics. No more deadly textbooks, intolerant teachers, boring classes, early mournings, late nights, being judged, being jailed, being shoved into a group selected by age. I’ll list things I’m doing on this thread for all of you who think this sounds like it might be for you. If you want more information read ‘The Teenage Liberation Handbook’ by Grace Llewellyn. You can find the most recent version in many bookstores or order it online ( is good for this). The best version is the ’98 from Lowry House Publishers. I’ll happily answer any questions you have as well as I can (I’m just starting myself). E-mail me at

(9/20/99) Heres an update for Sep. 20th. Today I went to the teen center (a great youth place run by a really cool guy, hereafter referred to as Patrick) and talked to a friend who just quit school today (we’re growing). And I talked with Patrick and he got the idea from the petition I left there for awhile to accumulate names, that we could turn the place into a sort of teen rights headquarters (alright!). So now we’re meeting weekly to get things done. I’m charged with making flyers to get people to come. Any ideas for grabbing people would be a big help. Besides that I’m playing chess and pool, reading, biking, getting up late, walking in the park etc.

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