Blake Boles is an author, entrepreneur, and educator. He builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people.
Blake Boles is an author, entrepreneur, and educator. Blake founded and directs Unschool Adventures, the travel and education company for self-directed young adults, and is the author of Better Than College, College Without High School, and the social network Zero Tuition College.
In 2003 Blake was studying astrophysics at UC Berkeley when he stumbled upon the works of John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, and other alternative education pioneers. Deeply inspired by the philosophies of unschooling and free schooling, Blake custom-designed his final two years of college to study education full-time. After graduating he joined the Not Back to School Camp community and began writing and speaking widely on the subject of self-directed learning.
Blake delivers presentations and workshops for conferences, camps, parent groups, bookstores, and radio audiences. He has appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, BBC Travel, Ignite, and national radio. In his previous lives, he has worked as a high-volume cook, Aurora Borealis physics researcher, delivery truck driver, math tutor, outdoor science teacher, EMT medic, summer camp director, market researcher, web designer, and windsurfing and tree climbing instructor. He keeps a running goal (and failure) list. His biggest passion is sharing his enthusiasm and experience with young adults who are blazing their own trails through life. He is 30 years old.
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