Episode 131 - Blake Boles, Unschool Adventures to Self-Directed Learning
Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Blake and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, Fox Business, Ignite, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of The Wall Street Journal and Wired.com.
Recommended Resources: John Taylor Gatto
“When I read Gatto, it just dawned on me that is so much human potential and human capital that is being wasted as by-product of the school system.”
“Really the focus should be on learning and helping people becoming learners, and to me that means becoming self-directed learners because we largely do all of our learning on our own, through our own means and gathering our own resources.”
“We don’t talk enough about learning, we talk about teaching, we talk about testing because those are familiar concepts, they are measurable but they are not what matters most.”
“That is one of the stories that is closest to my heart that illustrates this sort of ethic of self-directed learning, where there is a lot of taking initiative, there is a lot of following your curiosity and interests because that is what naturally motives you the most."
"Self-directed learning is really about being a more connected person and more connected learner.”