Tuesday, July 28, 2009

An Intrepid Home Schooler

You may have seen a link to this article in the News of the Day post Friday, but it's worth taking a second look.

Teen Circumnavigator Sails for Home. Zac Sunderland is 17 years old. His education has been centered at home. He's also the first man under the age of 18 to sail around the globe alone. (A year and two days after he left, Zac reached his goal on July 16, 2009).

His story is a reminder of how low our expectations for teenagers often are, and how high they can be. From his website:
Zac's dream, a dream of adventure, discovery, and challenge, is one of the simple truths of being human. There is no agenda, no political motivation, just the simple desires of a young man to go exploring, to see new places and meet new people. It is a simple testament to what is important, to working towards your goals. Most of all, with perseverance and faith in God, anything is possible.
Zac, a high school senior, didn't leave his books at home either. He took them on board the Intrepid with him. "The previously home-school senior studied on board to finish his high school education during the roughly 40,000-mile journey" (NBC). Tell that to your child the next time they offer an excuse for not doing school work!

For you who've taken Challenge A or B, it might interest you to know that Zac says one of his favorite books is Carry on Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham.

Zac's blog has a full account of his year at sea.

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