“We all have a built-in, natural learning capability that is actually disrupted by instruction. If a coach can help … to remove or reduce internal obstacles … an unexpected natural ability to learn and to perform will occur”
-John Whitmore — Coaching for Performance
When I was 15 I made the conscious decision to drop out of high school. Nearly a decade later, I made the same decision about my PhD program. Both of these decisions led to the most motivating and fulfilling periods in my life. Despite my distaste for rigid educational structures, I have been in school for my entire life. Like me, many students (of all ages) have a qualitative sense that school has failed them, but we often don’t know what to do about it.
Despite the increasing costs of school, decreasing job prospects for degree holders, and the stifling of creativity in our education system, there is hope. I want to share with you the power of autodidactism, otherwise known as unschooling. It doesn’t matter if you’re still in school, graduated long ago, or never even attended in the first place — now is the best time to fill your role as your own teacher and student.