Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar

“A Buccaneer-Scholar is anyone whose love of learning is not muzzled or shackled by any institution or authority; whose mind is driven to wander and find its own place in the world.”

I have just finished reading Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success by James Bach. This is a great book that really resonates with the fact the school can no longer be identified as the primary place of learning. It really deserves a more detailed post, but their are just way too many great ideas and quotes that stem from this book to do it justice. To share just one, James Bach asks the question “What is Education?”and then answers,

“Education is not a heap of facts. Its not the hours we spend in classrooms, or the way we answer test questions. Its not indoctrination, not worshipping the ancients, not obedience to authority, not taking anyone’s word for what is true, false, vital, banal. Education is the “you” that emerges from the learning that “you” do that matters to “you”.”

This book is required reading. I also recommend listening to the interview that Steve Hargadon conducted with James Bach in the Future of Education interview series.

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