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248: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School? With Blake Boles & MORGAN Kandell

Jun 30, 2020

248: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids To School? With Blake Boles & MORGAN Kandell

Blake Boles is the founder and director of Unschool Adventures and the author of Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?, The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. He hosts the Off-Trail Learning podcast and has delivered over 75 presentations for education conferences, alternative schools, and parent groups. Blake and his work have appeared on The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, BBC Travel, Psychology Today, Fox Business, TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of Wired and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2003 Blake was studying astrophysics at UC Berkeley when he stumbled upon the works of John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, and other alternative education pioneers. Deeply inspired by the philosophy of unschooling, Blake custom-designed his final two years of college to focus exclusively on education theory. After graduating he joined the Not Back to School Camp community and began writing and speaking widely on the subject of self-directed learning.

In his previous lives, Blake worked as a high-volume cook, delivery truck driver, summer camp director, Aurora Borealis research assistant, math tutor, outdoor science teacher, camp medic, ski resort market researcher, web designer, and windsurfing instructor. His biggest passion is sharing his enthusiasm and experience with young adults who are blazing their own trails through life. He was born in 1982.

2:53 – What is unschooling?
4:21 – Blake’s background
5:30 – Facing biases and assumptions around conventional schooling
8:43 – Parents’ fears
15:31 – Games
18:18 – Alternative ways to develop skills
22:41 – Intrinsic versus external motivation
25:50 – Forcing children to attend school
29:08 – Fear of getting consent from children
31:41 – Considerations for parents

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As well as his podcast “Off Trail Learning”:

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