16Horsing Around

Take Laura Ellis for example, now age 29, was unschooled after the 2nd grade. Her parents removed her from the public school she was attending because they felt that her love of math had been turned to hatred by an inflexible teacher. Interviews conducted by her with

the founder of Unschooling, Psychologist Dr. Peter Gray revealed high levels of self confidence, assertiveness, and social aptitude. She credits these traits to her childhood of Unschooling.

In addition, she is highly motivated and applied to her interests. She voluntarily took her first job at age 11, working in horse stables. Today she is a professional horse trainer working with captured wild Mustangs to rehabilitate them for adoption. When she applied for college, she was accepted to 4 out of 5 of her desired institutions. She went on to attend college in New Mexico, and was set to graduate this past August with a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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