“Do you just think the rules don’t apply to you?”

A31

Someone on one of my discussion groups threw that question at me, half in jest—but half seriously—in the context of a discussion about age restriction, sibling restrictions, and other rules that hamper homeschooling efforts in multi-kid families. My answer:

>>I don’t think of those rules as rules so much as… suggestions. Or paths of least resistance. Or guidelines for lazy people.

>> I just got into a class not just weeks past the official registration deadline, but also two and a half weeks after the class started, and after it was pronounced by official computers and administrators and full and closed for registration. Effort on my part: one telephone call with program director and 15 second message to course provider,
total time invested, maybe 3 minutes, the most time intensive part of which was getting the program director’s telephone number…

>> When you want something, when you think something is necessary for you and yours… find a way to do it.

Sometimes, the rules are there for a good and cogent and defensible reason. Sometimes, they’re there just because no one thought about them very deeply. No one challenged them. Be the first.

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