Hi, I'm Blake.

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

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Me in 10 seconds:

I’m an author, educator, and adventurer who helps young people become more self-directed.

I design and lead life-changing trips for teenagers through my company Unschool Adventures.

I’m the author of three books, I speak for alternative schools and homeschooling conferences, and my work has appeared on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC Travel, Psychology Today, and Fox Business.

Here’s what I’m doing now.

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Upcoming appearances (see all):

  • AltPath in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (April 29, 2017)
  • HSC Conference in San Francisco, CA (July 27-30, 2017)

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Blake Boles is open-minded, interested in everything, courageous, and passionately committed to individual development.

– John Taylor Gatto
New York State Teacher of the Year

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The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Better Than College

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My First Online Course: The Way of Adventure

Today I’m proud to announce The Way of Adventure, my first online course. It’s an advanced leadership course for ages 13-23, but you can participate at any age. The best part: it’s 100% free.

What’s the message?

One the big reasons I created this course was to better explain my idea of “adventure.” I consider myself an adventurer, but I’m not always off on dangerous outdoor trips or exploring far-flung corners of the globe like other adventurers I know. I prefer a more commonplace and accessible conception of adventure, which I started to define 8 years ago in College Without High School:

An adventure, specifically defined, is any challenge that requires a lot of learning in a small amount of time.

The passage continues: “Traveling cross-country to teach rock climbing at a summer camp is an adventure. Crafting an online marketing plan for your friend’s small business is an adventure. Spending three months on an organic farm in Italy to learn permaculture and the Italian language is an adventure. Walking into a physics professor’s office to get book recommendations, working nights as a veterinary assistant and volunteering at a disaster relief site are all adventures. And going to college, too, is an adventure.”

With this new course I share my updated definition:

At its core, adventure is about intentionally putting yourself into uncomfortable situations that lead to growth.

Continued: “It’s about designing a life instead of accepting the one you’re handed. It’s about living in such a way that, whether you die next week or at age 90, you will not regret your choices. You can still have safety, comfort, and approval with a life of adventure. Same with degrees, jobs, cars, houses, and spouses. But they’re byproducts of a life well-lived—not its ultimate purpose.”

I continue promoting “adventure” because it’s a universally popular idea with young people and an easy gateway to the ideas of self-directed learning and taking control of one’s education. I also think adventure is a good thing on its own, separate from any notions about education; I like pretty much every adventurous person I meet, regardless of their beliefs about the school system. These people are typically optimistic, courageous, conscientious, and forward-looking. It felt right to design my first online course around “adventure” rather than my time-worn banners of self-directed learning and unschooling. Continue Reading