Hi, I'm Blake.

I help young adults challenge themselves, feel engaged, and become better self-directed learners.


Blake Boles | Author PortraitI’m an author, educator, adventurer, and entrepreneur who loves helping young people challenge themselves and connect with each other.

I’ve published three books, led groups of teenagers across South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal (through my company Unschool Adventures), and appeared on The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, BBC Travel, and Fox Business.

My big projects for 2015 include:

Beyond my professional life, I’m a passionate trail runner, backpacker, and traveler. I enjoy living close to the wilderness and getting outside each day.

To learn more, please browse my bioarticlesblog posts, videos, and personal goal list. Join my author mailing list to stay in the loop and get two digital editions of my books for free.

The Blake Boles I’m aware of as an author, a long-distance walker, a foreign traveler, a mountain climber, and many other worthwhile things seems like exactly the person to learn from in a leadership program. He’s open-minded, interested in everything, courageous, and passionately committed to individual development. I would expect good things to happen for young people who had the good fortune to hang out with Blake for a while.

– John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction

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The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Better Than College

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Ask John Taylor Gatto a Question

My all-time favorite education author, John Taylor Gatto, is soliciting reader questions which he can answer publicly on his blog.

This is an awesome opportunity! The two times that I saw John speak at a conference, he was mobbed by listeners with questions after every session.

If you’d like to ask John a question, follow the guidelines below.

Since his boyhood, John has had eclectic interests; from earliest his recollections he is interested in everything under the sun, but does not claim expertise in everything (if anything!); however, he is interested and willing to render candid opinions in any area one prefers (except medical advice), as long as one agrees to take his response to a question as merely a personal opinion, rendered free of charge or hidden agenda.

Questions must adhere to these four rules:

1. Don’t ask more than one question
2. Don’t ask if you already know the answer
3. Don’t ask him to predict the future
4. Don’t ask rhetorical questions, or use a question to state a position or to be silly; otherwise, ask anything

Send your question, one at a time, to: askjohn@johntaylorgatto.com

To read the response, as well as responses to all questions replied to, visit www.JohnTaylorGatto.com/blog, where you may also sign up to receive direct emails from John.