This post is written by 15 year old Miro Siegel
So, the topic of World-schooling has been a controversial one for a while now, and I would like to clear that up, (or at least attempt it) so here we go.
World-schooling is the term used to describe learning through travel, and cultural immersion, while completely omitting traditional education for real life experience.
While this seems like a sketchy idea to most, I can assure you that World-schooling is one of the more sane educational options, and I’ll tell you why.
World-schooling puts the choice into the hands of the child, while also influencing them through cultural experiences. And it works. Well. By mixing these two ideas, World-schoolers are able to soar above the rest when it comes to independence and open-mindedness.
By taking kids out of a conventional school environment where the only social interaction is with other children, World-schoolers are able to socialize with people in other age groups with ease (including people in their own age group). In life, there are many people of many different ages, so it is essential for growing humans to be able to handle this.
So how is this different than unschooling? Well, it’s pretty damn close actually, with the only difference being it takes place in multiple different locations of the world. As a World-schooler myself, I would say the key is cultural immersion. Not to view yourself as tourists, but as visiting locals, coming back home to a new culture. So think of me as an unschooler, who is simply influenced by the knowledge available in the world.
World-schoolers also have an innate sense of safety in the world, free from the blatant fear that plagues many, as we can see (with our own eyes) that it’s just not true. World-schoolers are almost always fear-free, and the fear of the unknown becomes what fuels us in our learning.
I’d like to share a few things that have inspired me in my personal experience during my travels, such as learning about Mayan mythology, Guatemalan perma-culture, Andean mysticism and U.S. political involvement in all of Central America. Now, let me say that not all of these things I have had particular interests in, but all of these things have sparked interests in other subjects and topics.
And you might say “What about math, or science?” and to that I say look around, if you don’t see the math and science around you, you might be blind. These things are always present in life, just by living in this world I am learning about science, and just by living my day to day life I am learning math. Even if it’s unintentional, the learning never stops, and never will.
I remember being on an Andean farm, with a traditional Andean family, learning about growing their own sustainable food, about killing a guinea pig, praying to the mountains over it’s body, dissecting it, cleaning the organs, preparing the meat, making Chicha (traditional corn beer), measuring the ingredients, and so on. Now, you tell me that life is broken down into subjects.
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Why “worldschooling” and not just “unschooling”?
Why "worldschooling" and not just "unschooling"?
“free from the blatant fear”, says a lot. And I can see it, especially how media expounds upon and blows everything up to gargantuan size. Students don’t watch the news, unless it’s piped into their first block class, but they certainly are aware of the negatives and fear-producers. Miro is blessed to be unburdened and have space available to explore and fearlessly embrace life and her offerings.
very cool post — worldschooling sounds like something traditional education could seriously learn from!!!
Wow. I’m just reading this and feeling insanely jealous. I’m a 15yr old unschooler and I thought that I was well educated through life etc. until now. I can say that if I have ever have children I will worldschool them, as the way you are living your life fills me with wonder. I realize that I too often think to myself that I have to wait until I am older to travel the world but I should do it now, as life cannot be lived waiting until something. You are incredibly lucky to experience all you do, and thank you for sharing that and opening the minds of others to the fact that life is not lived in a classroom sitting at a desk like a mindless blob.
Hi Miro. We are from Perú, but we live in Argentina until december. Id loved your post!! sorry about my english, is not very good. I have two kids, they studying in a alternative school here in Santa Fe, but before that they were unschollers and the next year too and for the rest of their lifes, but we are travellers, so maybe the expression world scholler is for us too!! is unique and your description about how we understand life and knoledge is really good! I went to Cusco some times and always amaze me, I just to lived in Arequipa, to 6 hours from Cusco, my family is there. The next year we going to Brasil! we are so exciting! and my kids too! I will like to meet you some day!! who knows, everything is possible!! keep going citizen of the world!
Congrats you and mario! I too home educate both my kids almost 80% of the year on the U.S. roads. I look forward to tracking and see how it goes. Would love some feed back on how you found places and recommendations for a family of four to travel to some of the destinations you get to. We are planning many years in the future in Europe.
Real world experience will do so much for a person than simply relying on book smarts. And if you need to learn that intricate science … you can find all the materials you need on the net to learn all about it!
Hi Miro, thanks for your wonderful post! Unfortunately I went to traditional schools and never even dreamed of these kinds of experiences – I envy your journey. Luckily I escaped that education system, if only after two failed attempts at going to university to get a degree. I’m now in a supportive community lifting me up when I fall and celebrating when we get something done! Since you’re traveling with your mother you should come visit us some time! We live in Viña del Mar, Chile and are working on building an educational alternative to traditional schooling through a multitude of ways and programs.
Hope to see you some time or drop me line at email@example.com to talk about your experiences. I’d love to do an interview with you.
I loved reading this Miro – thank you for sharing 🙂
Cool Miro, keep on learning through other cultures