Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens
“I see so much acceptance by students of the status quo, a lack of creativity and innovation, and an emphasis on grades, not on learning for learning’s sake.”
—  Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens is a 19 year old entrepreneur and a brilliant networker. After being homeschooled, he was dissatisfied with his college experience at Hendricks College in Arkansas. “College has been much easier than I expected,” he says. “There’s a big gap between the theoretical and practical implications. I see so much acceptance by students of the status quo, a lack of creativity and innovation, and an emphasis on grades, not on learning for learning’s sake.” He started a website called Uncollege to express his ideas and plans for creating an alternative approach to education. Then he started Tweeting and reaching out to philanthropists, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and others in the educational innovation field. He talked on the phone, went for coffee, dinner, and meetings, flew to the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin to go to parties and meet with more people who could help him. In the spring of 2011, he was awarded a $100,000 fellowship by entrepreneur Peter Thiel, given on the condition that he drop out of college to pursue his ideas about blazing alternate paths to success.

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