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Dale J. Stephens Biography

Entrepreneur and Chief Educational Deviant of UnCollege
Con to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“I went to college because I wanted to do the things I believed only college graduates could do. Visions of handsome jobs, alumni networks, and all-night parties filled my teenage mind. What I realized is that the fantasy isn’t the college degree. The fantasy is the path to success a college education is supposed to open. It turns out you can skip college entirely and learn more than your peers ever will.

…Education is not a means to an end. It’s not something you do for twelve years so you can get into a university, and then something you do for four more years so you can get a job sitting at a desk forty hours per week. Learning is a lifelong process. It happens all the time. It starts before we are born and continues until the day we die.”

Hacking Your Education, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief Educational Deviant, UnCollege, Jan. 2011-present
  • Leader, Forbes 30 under 30 Education Leaders, 2013
  • Author, Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will, 2013
  • Thiel Fellow, May 2011
  • Attended Hendrix College for one semester
  • “Unschooled” (a type of homeschooling emphasizing experiences) from age 12 forward
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