In Their Words

In Their Words is an ongoing project designed to share insights, wisdom, stories, advice, and experiences about education. These articles and interviews and the voices of homeschool alumni, public school alumni, educational professionals, and others. The vision of In Their Words is to create a library of perspectives, to celebrate the voices of diversity, and to influence future generations. There is no agenda or censorship here—these voices are pure and real. Click here to share your story.

Welcome to the Jungle

Posted in In Their Words on May 28, 2017

Black and white public school classroom seating

I began my first year of teaching with a healthy mix of trepidation, excitement, and curiosity. My mother is a lifelong teacher, and I had several teachers growing up that had a huge impact on my life. I was optimistic that I would be able to give something good back to the world. By the Read More »

Standardized Testing: The Teacher's Dilemma

Posted in In Their Words on May 19, 2017

Bored student taking a standardized test

As I sit in the computer lab while my students take our state’s standardized test, I can sense the angst in the room. I can sense that even though I had the students do a brain break and talked about ‘taking a breath’ during a test, I do not hear them breathing. I hear clicking Read More »

Becoming Limitless: Saying No to an Education System That Tried to Squelch Me

Posted in In Their Words on May 8, 2017

Classroom of children from Pink Floyd's The Wall

A college professor once asked me to write an essay about a time in our lives that our opinion of education changed drastically, or began to be shaped into what it is today. I told her a story of a child, who was made to feel that she was inconvenient, just because she was different. Read More »

We Didn't Want to Admit It, But We Were Jealous of Homeschoolers

Posted in In Their Words on April 27, 2017

I met my homeschooled boyfriend at a spelling bee

Of course, I was jealous of homeschooled kids. I would never have admitted it at the time. It wasn't until I started dating my first boyfriend that I realized it was jealousy. But I still ignored it. My first boyfriend homeschooled K-12. On our first date, we were in 9th grade. He Excelled at What Read More »

Homeschool Alumni Inverview: "I was raised with no knowledge of the world around me"

Posted in Homeschool Voices on April 5, 2017

Trybal Wolf homeschool alumni interview

Hello, my name is Trybal Wolf (sorry, preferred name. I am sure more on that will be presented later.) I am a 21 year old white male. I currently reside in East Lansing, Michigan. I have no religious affiliation to speak of, am gay and in a closed relationship, and have 9 years of combined Read More »

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