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I’m Writing a New Book!

Big news! My new book will be titled Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree. I’ve been working on this book (in one fashion or another) since late 2010 when I started the Zero Tuition College blog. In summer 2011 I began working in earnest on the manuscript, and earlier […]

2011 in Review

Hello all, I hope that 2011 treated you well. Back in 2009 I wrote an annual review of my life (The Blake Report Feb09) but haven’t done another since. It’s high time! Let’s see what I was up to this year… January 2011: Guatemala I started the new year sleeping in a tree. Really. For […]

ZTC Camp!

Last weekend we ran the first-ever ZTC Camp program in Asheville, NC. With 8 students hailing from across the USA, a crew of guest mentors & speakers, and a jam-packed activity schedule, the program was a great success. Here are a few photos and stories from the weekend. Our group kicked off the program by […]

New Projects!

I just added three new projects to my Projects and Goals page: The ZTC Student Co-op UP Podcast Guidance & Mentoring Those projects PLUS planning new Unschool Adventures PLUS developing the ZTC website PLUS writing another book PLUS having a life is keeping me rather busy! So come say hi at the HSC Conference in […]

The Answer Is Jazz, Not Schooling

You don’t have to always agree with John Taylor Gatto to appreciate his passionate, unique, and well-researched views—all of which are relevant to ZTC. This excerpt from his 2006 article The Richest Man in the World Has Some Advice for Us about College…(P.S. He didn’t take it himself): North American economies dazzled the world for centuries […]