Your point fits with my experience as a college professor. I generally found that the most engaged students, who seemed to get the most out of their studies, were somewhat older students who had had some real life experiences under their belts.

Most but certainly not all of the grown unschoolers in our study, who went to college, went at the typical college age. I think they behaved more like older students because, as unschoolers, they also had quite a lot of real-world experience under their belts and had made an adult decision to go to college. It wasn't something they felt they "had" to do because others expected it of them.

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