It's now official: I, along with my mum and sis, am going to the Unschoolers Winter Waterpark Gathering in Sandusky Ohio at the beginning of February!
I'm doing the whole mixed-feelings thing right now, because last year, I had an okay time, but not a *great* one. The Kalahari resort itself felt pretty icky to me honestly, with it's tacky decorations, and staff that seemed almost *subservient*. It felt like I was in the heartland of consumerist privileged America. It just made me feel icky... That said, I did meet some awesome people, go to some great talks, and I finally started to really enjoy myself just as we were getting ready to leave. :-P I want to make it clear that my reluctance to go has nothing to do with the actual organization of the conference itself! Just a few issues with the venue... If you want to find out more about my experiences there last year, you can read my write up, complete with lots of pictures, here. As to why we're going this year, even though there are some other conferences I might prefer to go to, is that Emi is planning on meeting a friend she's known online for about 7 years now. This friend is near enough that they can actually manage to get together if we go to the waterpark, which pretty much clinched the decision.
So now I'm switching gears, into one of focusing on the positive, thinking of all the cool people I'm going to meet (there are only a few people whom I've already met who are going to be there, as far as I know!), on the fact that I'm going to get to go to a talk by John Taylor Gatto, and on how much fun the slides and wavepool in the waterpark are. ;-) If you're going to be there, I'd LOVE to meet you!! So if you recognize me, please do say hi, and if not, well, I just hope we run into each other at a talk or something! :-)
P.S. I really appreciated each and every comment on my last post, The Cons of Unschooling, and read them all happily and with interest, but right now, the thought of responding to all 17 comments feels a wee bit overwhelming. Which is why I haven't yet. But I'll *try* to in the next few days, and I want to thank everyone for making it such an interesting conversation! :-)