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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 25 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 17, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CBXSVZA
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Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will Audiobook – Unabridged
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I knew that I wanted to be a writer by the age of nine, and when I turned eleven I told my mother that seeing as I had already learned the "three R's," I wished to leave school and pursue my education through self-direction, adventure and the guidance of a tutor / mentor. I wanted to learn along the lines of the bestselling author of (among many other hilarious writings) "My Family and Other Animals," Gerald Durrell. Mom sent me right back to school, where I proceeded to do the minimum necessary to achieve a first-class pass, (required for university entrance), just in case I ever decided to study at a university...
For the most part, I detested the classroom. I still think of it as a monumental waste of time and an horrific imposition on a naturally adventurous mind. So many hours that could have been spent in real learning: exploring, inventing, trying and failing - essentially in discovering and excelling in what I truly felt could be my meaningful contribution to the world, were wasted in meeting the agenda of a national education board. I resented the kind of thinking that imposes a "one size fits all" style of education delivery format on a child.
Having traveled a lot and tried out many pathways, I discovered that working toward Journeyman status in the electrical trade is opening up the opportunity to travel as I wish, and by keeping my hand in photo-journalism on a part-time basis, I am able to continue with my development as a writer. Much of my education is self-directed and experience based. I have never been more contented in my pathway!
I am thrilled that, due to electronic technologies, especially the Internet, the educational system is being forced to change and provide greater freedom for the autodidact to obtain information. It is high time.
Reading "Hacking Your Education" provides excellent encouragement, and resource / networking information as a starting point for the self-educator and anybody considering dropping out of the moneymaking racket that systematized education has become. I look forward to connecting with more autodidacts as I "follow the rabbit trail."
Mr. Stephens also mentions interning. I don't see how this is possible if you aren't in college since all the internship programs is found require applicants to be enrolled in a four year course.
One thing bugged me was that almost all of the examples that is found in the book, even Mr. Stephens's own example, used contacts and connections that they made in their time at a university or college (before they dropped out). How does one make these connections/contacts if they completely skip college? I have no idea.
Overall, there is some useful information on this book that can be easily applied. There are some that are a bit harder to apply. There are some that, as far as I have researched, are almost impossible.
I would recommend students graduating from high school to read this book, just to get another viewpoint on higher education.
However, I really found value in this book. The challenges or "Hack of the day's" at the end of each section are excellent motivators, and I have all of them tagged. I found them to be interesting goals to work towards. The book as a whole directs you towards an endless wealth of websites, books, and organizations to help you on your journey towards self education. Despite it's shortcomings I would absolutely recommend this book to anybody who is interested in taking a self directed approach to learning anything, even if not to replace college.
When I first read Dale Stephen’s book I thought that he would have ruined an aspiring college student’s spirit to attend a post-secondary institution and to find a good, paying job. Boy, were my assumptions wrong and I am glad that they did.
Because the way that most college students are doing right now isn't really helping them to prepare for the real world; as a college student and have gone through real-world experience myself by working in a warehouse, I can see that Dale Stephens has given good advice to prepare his readers for the real-world as it is today.
The future is unpredictable and it requires the next generation to develop new ways of thinking in both the professional world, and the academic world.
Again, I would also give this book a try for anyone who is trying to do well in the real world after graduating from college. It will be one of the best things you can read while your peers will be following the conventional wisdom to merely stay in college to finish busy work while not going for the extra mile.
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