Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

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By (author) Dale J. Stephens

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  • Publisher: Perigee Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 188mm x 18mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 14 March 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0399159967
  • ISBN 13: 9780399159961
  • Sales rank: 109,577

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It's no secret that college doesn't prepare students for the real world. Student loan debt recently eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in history and now tops one trillion dollars. And the throngs of unemployed graduates chasing the same jobs makes us wonder whether there's a better way to "make it" in today's marketplace. There is--and Dale Stephens is proof of that. In "Hacking Your Education," Stephens speaks to a new culture of "hackademics" who think college diplomas are antiquated. Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can, too. You don't need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit. "Hacking Your Education" offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. Stephens teaches you to create opportunities for yourself and design your curriculum--inside or outside the classroom. Whether your dream is to travel the world, build a startup, or climb the corporate ladder, Stephens proves you can do it now, rather than waiting for life to start after "graduation" day.

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Author information

Dale J. Stephens left school at twelve to become an unschooler, the self-directed branch of homeschoolers. He has appeared at TED 2012; on news outlets including CNN, ABC, and NPR; and in "New York Magazine" and "Forbes." His writing has been published in the "New York Times, Washington Post," and "Fast Company." Dale founded UnCollege.org.

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By alice 29 Mar 2013 3

This book is based on the idea that education, especially useful education, is obtainable outside exclusive institutions and can be self-driven and self-directed. The idea is awesome and the anecdotes are familiar - the marshmallow experiment etc - to demonstrate fairly basic principles. The most off-putting aspect of the book is the way it is written. It is simplistic (dare I say it, aimed at someone who has not attended college, university or possibly high school) and has none of the linguistic charm of something written by Po Bronson or Malcolm Gladwell, other writers with Big Ideas.

But I'd buy it again, even though it is one idea padded out with anecdotes and a few reports of famous studies. It's a great concept.