Pat is a long-time—perhaps one of the longest-time!—advocates of homeschooling, unschooling, and self-directed learning, and we share a high-energy conversation about the legacy of John Holt (the educator and critic who coined the word “unschooling” and started Growing Without Schooling magazine), how Pat became involved with John Holt, and how self-directed learning connects to the modern world of work. Enjoy the show!
On episode 18 of the Real Education Podcast I interview my friends Nancy Tilton and Tomis Parker, co-creators of a new and rapidly growing network of small alternative schools that emphasize self-directed learning assisted by organizational principles gleaned from Agile Software Development and other “lean management” techniques.
Nancy found me in Asheville a few years ago, and I met Tomis at the AERO conference in New York. Each is smart, driven, and passionate about education—and they’re recently married! (Congrats, you two.) Enjoy the show.
On episode 17 of the Real Education Podcast I interview my good friend Liam Nilsen, founder of the Endor Initiative, an innovative program for self-directed teens that I helped him get off the ground in Asheville, North Carolina.
We discuss how Endor is different from a school, how the program has evolved with input from participants, the politics of video games in group spaces, and the mysterious origin of the name.
Isaac Morehouse, a fellow educational entrepreneur, blogger, and founder of Praxis, recently interviewed me for his podcast. It’s a great conversation that touches on a little bit of everything in my life. Enjoy.
On episode #16 of the Real Education Podcast I interview a fellow international trip leader who I met in Nepal last year as we were both leading groups around the country. Japhy works for a well-established travel and gap year company—Where There Be Dragons—and has tons of experience as a leader of young adults and a global traveler and adventurer himself. Enjoy!
Japhy Dhungana, program director at Where There Be Dragons (wheretherebedragons.com), talks with host Blake Boles about international semester programs and what young people gain from them, his own path from growing up in Nepal to becoming a climbing bum in Yosemite to biking across the Americas, and how to gain a global perspective even if you’re not able to travel.