Classical education was built to train factory workers. To this day, school teaches students how to obey orders, not how to think innovatively. In a traditional college setting, individuals lose the joy of learning amid lectures and theoretical perspectives. Self-directed learning is a viable alternative to classical education. Independent learners see no separation between themselves and the world.
UnCollege provides resources — ranging from a project-based curriculum to mentors to peer support to personal guidance — to help individuals design their own higher education in the real world. UnCollege helps independent learners create their own higher education in the real world. In a traditional college setting, individuals easily lose the joy of learning amid lectures and theoretical perspectives. After years of this passivity, they are sapped of creative force at the beginning of their careers. However, UnCollege students see no separation between themselves and the world. Through self-designed projects and experiential learning, they truly engage in the world and learn from it — on their own terms. There is no profile of a typical UnCollege student. Individuals can use UnCollege to complement university experience, replace traditional education or further their education — at any age! Together these unstudents create an age-diverse and interest-diverse group dedicated to meaningful learning. UnCollege.org gives unstudents access to a project-based learning curriculum and connections to UnCollege’s network of like-minded peers and mentors. Students customize projects based on their own interests and can complete them individually or in groups. UnCollege staff and mentors are available to provide personal guidance to unstudents when required. By creating, completing, and evaluating their own curricula, UnCollege students claim ownership over their education. The learner defines her own higher education and won’t flounder when she must direct her own life.
I was unschooled and have been frustrated with some aspects of my college experience. Over winter break, some unschooled friends and I were conversing about our frustrations with higher education. We threw around some ideas via email, with Rebecca suggesting “we should just start our own college a la the movie ‘Accepted.’” I loved the idea. I launched UnCollege on January 21st, 2011.