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"Blake Boles has written a remarkable how-to handbook that is destined to change the lives of young people across North America."-Maya Frost, Converge Magazine --convergemag.com/blog/globals/College-without-High-School.html

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"Words fail me. This is the most inspiring, convincing, and practical case for self-directed learning that I've seen in many years. Mr. Boles draws on time management principles from the business world and on his own adventure-packed youth to map out a brilliantly simple way that people can live life to the fullest while also preparing masterfully for admission to college. If you believe, as I do, that our time on earth is a grand gift not to be squandered, then buy this book for all the teenagers you love, and watch as all manner of quests, discoveries, inventions, and miracles emerge."
— Grace Llewellyn, author of
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: how to quit school and get a real life and education and Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School Tell Their Own Stories

"This splendid book is intended as a step-by-step guide, but can be read with profit by anyone interested in moral philosophy. Exceptionally clear, insightful, and lively, it will take its place as the definitive work on the subject."
— John Taylor Gatto, author of
Dumbing Us Down , The Underground History of American Education , and Weapons of Mass Instruction

"Boles offers an antidote to the over-scheduled, grade-driven, and sadly uncreative existence of most high-schoolers today. It's time for teens to take control of their own education. Yes, they must learn the basics. Absolutely. But as Boles explains, self-motivated teens can cover those topics efficiently and free up more of their time for further learning. This book is a crucial guide for students and parents interested in replacing the old carrot and stick that's at the heart of today's education system with intrinsic motivation—selfdirectednessand autonomy that leads to real learning and growth."
— Daniel H. Pink, author of
A Whole New Mind and The Adventures Of Johnny Bunko

"Blake Boles has found the solution for those students who find regular high school oppressive. Outstanding advice! His book is absolutely right on about the many options for success for students who have a little different approach to life and study."
— Donald Asher, author of
Cool Colleges For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different

" College Without High School is an excellent update to the groundwork provided by John Holt, the Colfaxes, Grace Llewellyn, and other unschoolers. I found it engaging and filled with concrete understanding and useful suggestions for Self Directed Learners of all ages, in or out of school."
— Cafi Cohen, author of
And What About College?: How homeschooling leads to admissions to the best colleges and universities

" College Without High School is a fantastic resource for homeschoolers who want to stand out from the rest of the college admissions pack. However, especially for unschoolers and other eclectic learners, it is also an inspirational description for how adventurous self-directedlearning can lead to college admission. This is an entertaining workbook, how-to manual, and educational philosophy text that will help teenagers and their families figure out how to get into college without a conventional high school degree."
— Patrick Farenga, co-author of
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

Blake Boles shares what homeschoolers have known for decades: teens are thriving everywhere without attending school! Blake will inspire you to seize the day and live well now, with every bit of confidence that the doors to college will be wide open to you. I am thrilled to have another messenger trumpet the truth that school is optional. I recommend all parents and educators to acquaint themselves with this information."
— Kenneth Danford, co-founder and executive director of North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Society Publishers; 0 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0865716552
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0865716551
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 15 - 17 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 10 and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.35 x 8.5 inches
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Blake Boles is a writer, speaker, adventurer, and advocate for self-directed learning. He has spent more than a decade working with unconventionally educated teenagers through the trip-leading company he founded, Unschool Adventures. Originally from California, Blake has lived and traveled across the world. His previous books include The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Psychology Today, Fox Business, USA Today, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of Wired and The Wall Street Journal. He was born in 1982. Visit blakeboles.com to follow Blake’s work and adventures.

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