Author, educator, world traveler, self-directed learning advocate, entrepreneur, summer camp junkie, trail runner.

Official Bio

Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of Better Than College and College Without High School. Blake and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, BBC Travel, Ignite, and national TV and radio.


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 schools, 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.

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 31 years old.

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Updated: June 2014

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