Hub Learning is another way to approach unschooling, or interest-led learning. Our high-school student wrote about his learning style, and how he applied “Hub Learning” to his interests. Here he’s sharing his experiences.
My Learning Style
“I learn in many different ways, actually in any way. It’s just a matter of time for how long I can handle it. This depends on how it’s presented. If it is presented in a size 8 font with a wall of text I will last at most 4 minutes. I learn easily with videos. For example, a science video that is about 8 to 20 minutes long keeps my attention especially if it asks questions. I have learned that one of the fastest ways to get correct information without a teacher in front of the room is to post the wrong answer, for instance on an online forum, and then someone will inevitably explain correct comparisons and give neutral answers or facts. I appreciate this way of conveying knowledge rather than just getting someone’s opinion. Then I can think it through and make up my own mind.
“My High School years were never charted or graphed or tested, nor was I confined in a school room. Instead I spent my time engaged in a wide variety of pursuits. I was happy to be able to spend time learning many different things rather than only doing intellectual book work.
These years included racing quads, raising my animals (ducks, geese, chickens, and my dogs Shasta and Kermit), working on a horse ranch and learning to take care of the horses and how to maintain the facility for a year, a strong home life with my family, learning guitar on my own (electric and acoustic), working at my Dad’s Electric Bike company, and a few mornings each week doing academics, plus a handful of good friends. Sometimes I had a tutor, like for math, and lots of times my Mom organized groups of teens to learn something together, like Money Education, but really this was for the social I think. Each of these area’s interfaced with other areas of life to network deeper into other competencies.
My Mom calls this ‘interfacing to network’ – Hub Learning. She told us the story of Robert Kyiosaki teaching himself to swim really well in the ocean tides so that he could surf and spear fish. He didn’t learn to swim just to learn to swim. He had other motives. In fact, when his parents took him to an indoor pool to get proper swim lessons he failed, yet he was an expert swimmer in the dangerous ocean tides who could surf and spear fish.