Blake Boles is a writer, speaker, adventurer, and advocate for self-directed learning. He has spent more than a decade working with unconventionally educated teenagers through the trip-leading company he founded, Unschool Adventures. Originally from California, Blake has lived and traveled across the world. His previous books include The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Psychology Today, Fox Business, USA Today, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of Wired and The Wall Street Journal. He was born in 1982. Visit blakeboles.com to follow Blake's work and adventures.
"This amazing book will give you the courage to think seriously
about giving your child a more authentic, playful, and joyful
learning journey. It cracked my imagination wide open and convinced
me that something radically different is not only possible, it's
necessary. Everything you need to create a better future for your
child, by making every day better right now, is inside these
-Jane McGonigal, New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World "Blake Boles is back with another provocative challenge to parents and guardians. If mainstream schooling isn't working for your child, maybe it's time to consider the alternatives. Yes, your kids can still go to college, And, yes, they can have a conventionally successful career. However, once families step out of the traditional education box, they never know where the path might lead."
-Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive, When, and A Whole New Mind"There is so much goodness is this powerful, game-changing book! The message (like the title) is bold, and yet Blake's writing is always thoughtful and nuanced. He offers heaps of friendly guidance and lays out the relevant research with clarity and discernment. Without stooping to hyperbole or manipulation, Blake will have parents wondering why, indeed, they are still sending their kids to school. Better yet, he'll help them drop unnecessary stress and worry-and help their kids find meaningful, engaged, and joyful paths through life."
-Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook"Blake's new book is a major contribution to the growing understanding of Self-Directed Education. It addresses, straight on, in thoughtful, respectful, and compelling ways the major concerns parents have when they think about the possibility of this approach to education for their children. If you care about children and the future, read this!"
-Peter Gray, Research Professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn "This book will push you, provoke you, and quite possibly inspire you to rethink every core assumption you hold about education. Be prepared to open your eyes to radically different ways of preparing kids for radically different forms of 'success.'"
-Ted Dintersmith, author of What School Could Be and producer of Most Likely to Succeed"A thoughtful, powerful look at the generous act of trusting your kids enough to let them find their own educational rhythm. School and learning are different, and what we need for our future is a focus on more learning and less test-taking."
-Seth Godin, author of Stop Stealing Dreams"Kids don't need school; they need space to explore and time to think. This book will show you how to give your kids a real education by encouraging them to discover their interests instead of merely following someone else's directions."
-Penelope Trunk, serial entrepreneur and writer @ penelopetrunk.com"Blake Boles offers a stimulating and important perspective on improving the well-being of young people everywhere."
-Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections