Blake Boles

#9: Zero Tuition College

Blake Boles talks about how to unschool during the college years.

Today we talk with Blake Boles, a 28-year-old unschooling advocate and popular homeschooling conference speaker who wrote College Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College, is founder of Unschool Adventures and, more recently, Zero Tuition College.

Zero Tuition College basically is a web site and community that assists unschoolers and likeminded folks who want to unschool during the college years. It lays out the reasons for skipping institutional higher education, connects students with mentors, and helps guide those who want to unschool during college but might not know how.

Zero Tuition doesn’t grant degrees, but it does show students how to develop a portfolio of work and market the hell out of that work.

“A degree represents competency. Competency represents itself,” says Blake.

We talk with Blake about the the ideas behind Zero Tuition College and how he got into unschooling during his college years.

You can subscribe to the Unschooler Experiment Podcast on iTunes or get the podcast feed directly here. You also can hear it by using the gray audio player below.

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3 Comments on #9: Zero Tuition College

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    Reading this really made me think of a lot of thngis.For starters, I’m so sorry that you are in pain and having to go through this.I wish I could take the pain away for you. It takes me back to when we were younger and makes me feellike I should be able to bare the pain for you, the way a big sister should be able to bare, protector simply prevent it altogether.Those are not realistic thoughts I know, but that’s what my heart tells me.You make me think. Think about all the thngis I’ve put my own body through.There are actually complete memories that others have that just aren’t there for me any more.One being is how you saw the world around us when we were younger. You described it to me once as feeling like I abandoned you when I left home at such a young age.Until you said that I really had no idea, I didn’t see past me. And once again you have made me think, about just how blessed I am. I have taken advantage of what I have been given.With all the thngis I’ve done that are bad for me, some how I still have my health and my children and it has comeeasier for me than you. Makes me want to stomp my feet and yell at God SO NOT FAIR !I know he has a plan and a reason for everything, but I’m human and cant stop myself from questioning him.Over the past 6 years of life’s we have had some good times and some bad, and although the bad were bad, I wouldnt change them.They have helped to make us who we are today and who we will be in the future.And the person you have become is someone I find myself looking up to more and more everyday.You are strong the way I want to be, you are true to your beliefs and dreams the way I strive to be.You have opened my eyes to new ways to look at thngis when it comes to parenting, and because of that maybe I wont screwup the next two.I am proud of you! To call you my sister, my friend, my blood!I do believe That witch does not kill us makes us stronger you and I are living proof!And I know the physical thngis you are dealing with are for a reason, even though they suck and cause emotion turmoil as well,you have to know that from them you are becoming an even better teacher and role model for so many of us out here that, well lets just sayit.Dont have the brain power you do!I love you and miss you like crazy. I wish every day we hadn’t wasted any time. But I know we still have a life time if memories to make.And I want you to know that If I could give you my spin, I WOULD! If I could give you my womb, I WOULD! You have made me better person all around and I love you for that!!!Love always,your friendyour sisteryour confidantleah

  3. Keyona says:

    I am all about relationships. I work on them so much with my husabnd, with my children, with my family and friends, with myself. But my relationship with my body is fractured. I don’t remember ever feeling good about my body there was the years of exploiting it and allowing others to exploit it which seemed like a good body image but wasn’t. Recently I went to a chiropractic appointment and though there are some issues, for the most part, I am really good to which I said, wow, my body is amazing and I meant it. I am in fairly good health (hope to hear good news next month), I have given birth nine times and still my body is strong. But I don’t have that connection. In many ways I know the things to do to nourish and nurture my body but it is almost like a passive aggressive self destructive attitude I have. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t over indulge in food. But I don’t actively take care of my body and in doing so I think I am subconsciously destroying it. I know that more often than not, I am more aware of the limitations of my body than the glorious accomplishments. So, one of the ways that I am connecting is through hooping and yes, you are one of inspirations for that. I have been reading recently about your hooping and Sara’s hooping. I just got my first hoop, am ready to make more for myself and the kids (because they keep borrowing mine ). Right now, I am celebrating just being able to keep it up and moving on my body. I count the rotations and each day there are more. Never in my life had I had something that I just want to do and I think it is because it is making me aware of my body and it is causing me to celebrate. Thanks for this post, for your authenticity. It helps to know I am not alone in this journey. I can keep picking up and moving along with others.

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