Dear Reader,You are about to experience something unlike anything you¶ve seen before. It willappear to challenge or even defy much of what you¶ve been taught to believe. Whilemuch of the world is chanting the mantra for you to finish school, (then get a job, openan IRA and retire) the following will seem to encourage you to do just the opposite! Thecollaborative writers of this guide feel that you are ready to consider that option.Moreover, we feel that the world is ready!
You Live. You Learn. ±
Upon first mention, the idea of simply opting out of school may seem extraordinarilystrange. Indeed to most people it
strange because the suggestion blatantlycontradicts everything we believe about how to prepare for a successful life! While theinitial concern over your fate is quite legitimate; it is important that we begin tounderstand why we experience that initial shock factor ± and ask ourselves, ³Why arewe
here?´ If the answer is µto learn¶ then the next natural question should be µ
arewe accomplishing that?
¶ But let¶s take it a step further and ask ourselves, ³
Do we need to be
e, in sch
in order to learn?¶
´ And moreover, ³
is there a better way?´
For most of us the answer is yes ± there is a better way.
way! This is
. It¶s freedom for you to take responsibility for your own learning, experienceand life.This may seem like a radical and even bizarre idea, but as this guide will show you, it¶snot as uncommon as you may think. In fact, though our memory as Americans is oftenshort, historically, school is truly a relatively new
in learning. In fact, it wasnot the best way to learn for many of our ancestors, and it may not be the best learningopportunity for many of us.