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Most of the readers of this blog are entrepreneurs – out there in the world beating new paths, asking new questions, and questioning old answers.
And many of us are parents as well, trying to give our kids a good start in life.
One of the “givens” of that good start has been quality schooling.
So it was with some shock that I found myself, last fall, the parent of two “drop-outs.” Following our family’s year in South Africa, neither of my children could maintain their interest or their spirit in a conventional school setting. (And they went to a pretty alternative school, by most standards.)
As I struggled to make sense of their choices and keep in check my knee-jerk reaction to force them to go to school for their own good, I looked for guidance and advice from people who knew what they were talking about.
Luckily, through my 17-year-old daughter, I found Blake Boles.
Blake is an entrepreneur, educator, social activist, and force of nature. He runs UnSchoolAdventures.com, a travel and learning program for homeschooled teens. He’s written three books, including College Without High School, Better than College, and The Unschool Adventures Guide to Online Travel Fundraising (which is available for free at UnSchoolAdventures.com).
I interviewed Blake about the connection between schooling, homeschooling, unschooling, and entrepreneurship. He shared a vision of Self Directed Learners (an all but extinct animal in our school systems) as a model for an entrepreneurial life.
If you have kids who are bored in school, or who feel like there’s so much more to life, or who feel bad about themselves because of their social or academic “shortcomings,” this could be one of the most important interviews you ever listen to.
Enjoy, and please comment. What did you agree with? Disagree with? Wonder about?