Alright I came across this interesting book at that homeschooling convention:
Here's a bit of the author:
Now not only did I read - Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar....I also enjoyed 20 minutes of one-on-one conversation with Mr. Bach at the bar.
The guy has an interesting story. He came from a broken home and after threatening to kill his stepfather he was actually kicked out of the house and had to subsist by himself on $100 per month at a local motel. Despite plenty of brains, the guy absolutely HATED school and I don't think even came close to graduating government high school.
However, he was far from a lazy Moron. James Bach jumped head first into the computing revolution back in the early 80s. In fact he eventually became (supposedly) the world's most respected *product tester* at Apple. And now he travels worldwide as a high-paid consultant in that field.
So his story buttresses the theory that traditional schooling is not at all necessary for success EVEN in the world of high tech. Bach proudly declared himself *ammunition* for those of us homeschoolers attending his talk in Ohio.
This guy definitely falls in the mold of *radical unschooler* as far as I can tell. And I'm definitely not a full-fledged fan of that philosophy - see my prior post.
Nonetheless Bach's story is compelling; his writing tight; and most importantly he puts forth arguments and reasoning that 99% of the lumpen masses have never been exposed to.
As additional testament to the quality of this book I want to admit that it actually took me 4-5 days to read it - about twice the time it should have. I continually had to stop and chew on little brain morsels...