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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Autodidactic Pr; 1 edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962197904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962197901
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating discussion of self-education, psychology, and our future. -- Allen Tough, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Self-University is a book with a heart, encouraging all of us to think of education as a life-long, self-iniated venture instead of a lifeless, institutionalized affair. Charles Hayes' book will encourage, bring hope and motivation to all of those who yearn for knowledge and an education but who may have forgotten the process begins with one's self, is intrinsic to the self.$Q$ -- Marsha Sinetar, author of $Q$Elegant Choices, Healing Choices

Self-University is on the crest of a new wave of self-directed learning in this country. It is a book that inspires as well as instructs. -- William A. Draves, Executive Director Learning Resources Network,LERN

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Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and one of America's strongest advocates for lifelong learning. He spent his youth in Texas and served as a U.S. Marine and as a police officer before embarking on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for more than forty years.

Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, Hayes' work has been featured in The L.A. Progressive, USA Today, and the UTNE Reader, on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and on Alaska Public Radio's Talk of Alaska.

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Given human history of conflict and our struggle to overcome ignorance, perhaps we will "square the circle" of belief vs. unbelief.
Modesty Press
In conclusion, I'd have to say that Self-University is perhaps one of the most important books that high school, and undergraduate students could read.
Gian Fiero
The way he writes of his own experiences, what he has learned from them and his willingness to share his knowledge and experience is awesome.
Nina K. Berntsen

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gian Fiero on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Charles D. Hayes has written the book that most educators want to write, but are afraid to. He's convinced that there exists no method superior to self-education for accomplishing one's goals. His mission is simple: To empower you with the confidence, conviction and desire to create your own Self-University. For him, self-education = self-empowerment.

While diplomatically denouncing the collegiate system and calling into question the "true" knowledge obtained by those who have college degrees, he eloquently makes the distinction between self-knowledge and passive education (being told what to study), and correlates mindless classroom behavior with mindless corporate behavior.

The issue here is not formal education versus informal education, but rather the plight of those without a formal education upon which society places at an unfair disadvantage in terms of their educational qualifications and credentials. Self-University has pliable remedies for the self-educated, and provocative perspectives which will challenge your perspectives on formal education.

His summation about our first twelve years of school being the greatest source of learned, self-limiting behavior is spot-on accurate. I concur with his belief that for many, college is nothing more than a continuation of high school.

Even for me, as an adjunct professor, I never gave much consideration to the fact that psychology is not taught until children reach the secondary education level. Charles D. Hayes makes the point that it's a grave oversight and should be a part of the primary education curriculum; a time in which self-discovery naturally takes place, and self-knowledge should be obtained.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on August 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the realm of many books covering self-directed learning, I would like to single out two books which I have read on this subject.

They are:

- Self University: The Price of Tuition is the Desire to Learn, by Charles Hayes;
- Proving You're Qualified: Strategies for Competent People without College Degrees, by Charles Hayles;

After having spent twenty-four years in the corporate world, I really consider them to be the wisest & most useful books I have ever read on the subject of self-directed learning.

'Self-University' is a heart-warming book. It encourages all of us to think of education as a life-long, self-initiated venture instead of a lifeless, institutionalized affair.

Let me recap the author's catchy metaphor from this book: "The caterpillar is condemned to crawl, but the butterfly has the potential to soar above with an all-inclusive view of the world. As humans we complete our caterpillar stage when we reach mature physical growth. If we are to soar like the butterflies, we must do so through the development of our minds."

'Proving You're Qualified' is a career book for competent people who have learned their jobs, on the job...& yet they are often passed over for promotion for lack of a degree, which has nothing, whatsoever, to do with their performance. This book offers readers a frank discussion of educational merit and actual performance in a workplace caught in the grip of frightening change. It can help you to better understand the nature of power in hierarchies, to gain insight into methods for fighting credentialism, and to save time and money by utilizing alternate methods of adult continuing education.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nina K. Berntsen on November 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Charles Hayes has set the example for all of us to become self-educated. He is an inspiration to continue in our lifelong learning process. The way he writes of his own experiences, what he has learned from them and his willingness to share his knowledge and experience is awesome. A "thinking" man, you are inspired after conversing with him or reading his books. They are one in the same--you are motivated to learn more and share more. This is indeed a valuable reading experience for anyone and especially if you are in the academic world!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ileri Ogunfiditimi on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, I became more enlightened and aware that education is, indeed, readily available to anyone who wants it bad enough and that it's not some rare commodity that can only be obtained through a traditional institution or entity. The idea that a lack of financial resources or interest to attend a university doesn't preclude one from becoming educated through independent scholarship is very illuminating. And is an idea to be championed.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Charles Hayes is a superb writer. He asks you to think about important things. If you would like to learn what it feels like to discover yourself and the excitement of what learning is all about, read this book and particularly its Introduction. Jack Roderick
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I initially read this book from the local library and after I read the book, I immediately purchased the book soon after. This book is a must have for anyone interested in furthering their life long right to self education. Charles D. Hayes makes you think about your rights to empower your mind. This book offers a variety of necessary topics that should be discussed and studied more.
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