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.

What this Former Homeschool Student Wants Every Teaching Parent to Know

Posted in Homeschool Voices on June 27, 2017

Homeschooling Mother and Child

Every choice we make as parents feels significant. And some are probably even more important than the choice to homeschool. Just like every other important decision you’ve made, it comes after careful consideration, weighing the risk and benefits, and rigorous introspection to answer the gnawing question: “Can I even do this?” Even when you know Read More »

College Applications and Other Near Death Experiences

Posted in In Their Words on June 14, 2017

College application paperwork

Once upon a time (about 4 months ago) I was in a state of existential crisis. I seriously contemplated holing up in my parent’s basement and selling corny greeting cards for the rest of my life. I was at THAT level of stress. And what else could I be talking about, but college applications; the Read More »

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 »

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