Our ‘Education in 8 Movements’ (Integrated English-History) class studied “Do It Yourself (DIY)” as a post-secondary learning option. We examined the challenges and benefits of a self-directed education from multiple perspectives, including autobiography. Below are a few of my thoughts on our subject of inquiry.

While studying Ayn Rand’s The Romantic Manifesto, I learned how character is shaped by values, and how our sense of life is informed by our emotional response to nature. Meanwhile, I reflected on some physical things I value, and how these influencers reveal my character.

During this Unit on DIY, I read some of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
Like Franklin, I created a chart of 13 unique virtues and measured
self-improvement on a daily basis. I grew most from my commitment to“Silence:

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations” because I am always the one to start and lead conversation among friends, and I think a lot about what I may be missing out on.


My classmates and I studied Frederick Douglass’ famous lecture, “Self-Made Men.” Mr. Douglass believed that success is achieved not through luck, but by another word: work. Here are my thoughts.

I checked out Anya Kamenetz’s book DIY-U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. As a result, I’m exploring education alternatives, including DIY options.

There are a number of people succeeding via the School of DIY on a local, national, and global level. Here are my thoughts on a few who inspire me.

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