We speak a lot around here about lifelong learning, that self-motivated pursuit of knowledge not based on a required set of circumstances but learning for its own sake. When our kids are younger, they usually seem pretty content to follow our lead in how to do this. But as our guest today explains, once these kids hit adolescence, their needs change, and they want to be more peer-centered and useful to the broader world.
Listen in as Colleen speaks with Blake Boles, author of “Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?” about self-driven learning for our kids, and how oftentimes it is as easy as getting out of their way and letting them pursue their interests.
Links and Resources from Today’s Show:
- Sponsor: Bardsy (free writing template printables in addition to the free Reader level for RLL listeners at www.bardsy.com/rll)
- Blake Boles’ website
- Off Trail Learning, Blake Boles’ podcast
- Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School by Blake Boles
- The Art of Self-Directed Learning by Blake Boles
- Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree by Blake Boles
- College Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College by Blake Boles
- How to be a Bad*ss Teen Homeschooler video by Blake Boles
- Good Work & Self-Directed Learning 2.0
- How to Take a Self-Directed Pandemic Gap Year in 2020-21
- Unschool Adventures: Round-the-World 2022
- RLL #68: Self-Directed Education with Peter Gray, PhD
- RLL #40: Self-Directed Homeschooling High School with Trevor Kessler
- RLL #64 What to Do When School Doesn’t Work
- RLL #67: Ideas for Nurturing Our Kids’ Strengths
- RLL #74: Solving the Transcript Problem with Maya & Nina Serna
- RLL #76: Creating the Adventurous Family with Rachel Rainbolt
- College For All (degree by examination)
- Not Back to School Camp: Catalyst and Community for Unschoolng Teens
- Fortnite (video game)
- Cognitive Benefits of Playing Video Games by Peter Gray, PhD
- The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games by Peter Gray, PhD
- Contact (movie, 1997) with Jodie Foster
- Creating Your Own Interest-Based Middle School Curriculum
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