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Book cover for Don't Go Back To School
Book cover for Don't Go Back To School
Author: Kio Stark
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First Read:
A series of interviews with unconventional people challenging the traditional education-to-career pathway, advocating for alternative methods of learning and skill acquisition outside formal academic institutions.

Kio Stark is a professor at NYU’s ITP program (Interactive Telecommunications Program), a writer, and a graduate student dropout. Before I even heard of ITP, I heard about this project from Kickstarter. I was a week too late to back the project, but I really wanted to be included. I signed up on the mailing list to be told when this book is going to come out. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a book about a series of interviews with accomplished people who did not decide to go to graduate school and let their careers guide them through figuring out what they wanted to do. Mrs. Stark also talks about her own experiences, and then gives a great follow-up companion on how to start learning things on your own that don’t require graduate school. Definitely a good read if you’re thinking about going down the graduate school route.

Side Note: I went to New York last year to check out ITP because I was thinking about applying.