Before you spend four years in college, devote four hours to hearing what Blake has to say.
--Seth Godin, author of Stop Stealing Dreams
A brilliant and important proposal. The unquestioned college path deserves to be challenged, and this is the right book to do it.
--Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, sivers.org
Blake Boles has scouted out information and ideas useful to more than just young adults. There is joy and hope in new directions, and Blake is an inspirational guide.
, author of The Big Book of Unschooling
How did we get tricked into believing that success, fortune, and self-knowledge only come with a college degree? Better Than College
explodes this myth and shows how any young adult can craft a powerful and affordable higher education--no institution required.
, author of The Education of Millionaires
If you are ready to take control of your learning--and save a bundle of money at the same time--this book will provide you with compelling inspiration and practical information. You couldn't choose a better guide to creating your own future. --Wendy Priesnitz, editor of Life Learning Magazine
Better Than College is a clarion call for independent thinkers and self-directed young people to take control of their learning. Bypassing college may not be the right move for everyone, but reading this book will help anyone think anew about education and the future.
--Daniel H. Pink
, author of Drive
and A Whole New Mind
Blake convincingly argues that not everyone benefits from a traditional college education, and he presents a highly researched guide for pursuing self-directed education. This is a practical manual for motivated students on how to take your education into your own hands and thrive in the new world of work.
, coauthor of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
The possibilities for success without college are rich and glorious--and potentially so confusing in their vastness as to be crippling. Blake Boles offers a clear and compelling roadmap: grounded in real-life examples and insightful analysis, lofted by a wide and exuberant sense of what life can become.
, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook
From the Author
Why I Wrote Better Than College
Since the 2008-9 recession, we've seen a flurry of books that criticize the notion of college-for-all--such as Academically Adrift, Higher Education?, The Five-Year Party, and Crisis on Campus--as well as many articles and op-ed pieces that make similar arguments. Condensed, these arguments typically amount to:
- college is overpriced,
- college no longer guarantees success, and
- college no longer offers a rigorous experience.
But what we haven't seen are concrete suggestions for what a bright young adult might do with her time instead of going to college. Even if the above arguments are correct, what is a young person to do if there are no viable alternatives to college?
That's why I wrote Better Than College. Drawing from my years of involvement in the world of "unschooling" and interviews with dozens of young people who consciously made the decision to skip (or leave) college, I constructed a "how-to" guide for giving yourself a higher education without four-year college.
My book doesn't focus on the Gates' and Zuckerbergs who made huge amounts of money without a college degree; for that, take a look at Michael Ellsberg's excellent book The Education of Millionaires. Instead, I focus on how a young person can become financially independent, self-employed (or very happily employed), well-rounded, and well-connected without the grace of a college institution.
You don't have to be a young genius to put my principles and concrete advice into action. Rather, this book is for any young adult (or adult-adult) who wants to define his own version of success and isn't satisfied to wait four years (and take on tens of thousands of dollars in debt) to do so.
Thanks for reading Better Than College, and I hope you enjoy it. Drop me a line and let me know where it takes you.