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The American Scholar: A Declaration of Intellectual Independence

July 14, 2010, 17 Comments

“The scholar is that man who must take up into himself all the ability of the time, all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future. He […]

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Peer-to-Peer University Offers First Session of Free Online Classes

August 25, 2009, 7 Comments

Want to take a quality online class from an experienced adviser without paying a dime? The pilot session of Peer-to-Peer University begins this September. Although no formal credit is offered, […]

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The Ultimate Self-Education Reading List

July 29, 2009, 21 Comments

A Bibliography for Lifelong Learning Enthusiasts If you want to know more about self-education, your best bet is to start reading. Over the years, I’ve kept a list the best […]

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Free Self-Ed eBook: Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar

July 22, 2009, 11 Comments

When James Bach was a young teen, he dropped out of high school to learn on his own. Teachers said that he’d end up pumping gas for a living. But, […]

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Adventures in Unschooling: Interview with Blake Boles

July 20, 2009, 5 Comments

Unschooling advocate Blake Boles is dedicated to helping teens learn on their own. He’s worked at Grace Llywellyn’s famed Not-Back-to-School camp, cycled through the Argentinian countryside with a group of […]

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5 Minds for the Future: Cultivating Thinking Skills

July 15, 2009, 10 Comments

“…We must immediately expand our vision beyond standard educational institutions. In our cultures of today – and of tomorrow – parents, peers, and media play roles at least as significant […]

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How to Ghost College Classes

July 6, 2009, 8 Comments

Steve Jobs says that dropping out of college was one of the best decisions he ever made. Why? Because after quitting school he was able to sit in on courses […]

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Ivy League Education at Home Part 7: Quantitative Reasoning

July 3, 2009, 9 Comments

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” – S. Gudder When you hear the phrase “quantitative reasoning,” does it bring […]

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Harvard Classics vs. Great Books of the Western World

June 26, 2009, 19 Comments

There are two book collections designed to give the average reader an in-depth liberal education: the Harvard Classics and the Great Books of the Western World. The volumes in the […]