How did I manage through school?
Easy, I was homeschooled. Next question.
Ok, so there’s a little more to it than that.
Due to a variety of factors that included moving every 2.5 years, cost, flexibility, religious reasons, you name it — most of my schooling ended up being done from the comfort and constraints of my own home.
My parents hadn’t quite cracked the code on my autism yet, but they did find that I took to the setup of this ACE curriculum, something that suited my independence and autodidactic attributes all too well.
“You mean I can just rip through all of this at my own pace? I don’t have to slow down for anyone? SOLD!”
Oh, Hunter, if only you knew.
It explains a lot of where I mined out advantages and ran into disadvantages in The Life Autistic.
Sure, it freed me to flex my skills in almost unimpeded (even if narrow) learning.
But I had to navigate social skills elsewhere.
Would I recommend the experience for others on the spectrum?
It’s hard for me to say.
It would have been nice having friends, even if it meant maybe making enemies.
It’d have been good to learn how to adjust and adapt to others sooner, rather than later.
Perhaps I’d have hated the regular school experience more, but I’d have hit the obstacles then and not later. I might have had a shot at passing as “normal.”
But I didn’t.
I remember the day I finished my last test. I was 16.
That afternoon, I told my boss: “Hey, so I’m like, done with school? Can you flex me up to 40 hours now?”
I was a free man and ready for life.
So I thought.