I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that I used to skip high school to hang out in the aisles and coffee shop at Powell's. It's true. My freshman year (at Lincoln High School, for those interested), I got less than a 1.0 grade point average because I was busy wandering the aisles reading books at Powell's and hanging out with friends in coffee shops and Forest Park.
But mostly I was busy pretending to be a student at Metropolitan Learning Center (aka: MLC). All of my friends went to MLC and I fit in better there than at my own school — MLC didn't give grades, students got to design courses for themselves, teachers went by their first names, we sat on the floor instead of lined up in desks, and we read books like Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States instead of a traditional history books. The only problem was that I didn't get credit for classes at MLC freshman year because I wasn't enrolled there.