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James Marcus Bach

Successful high school dropout. Author of Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar.

I am still angry about the bullying I got in school. Not from the other kids, but from the teachers, some of whom seemed to do everything possible to convince me that only docile and agreeable people become "successful" in adulthood.

I am not docile, and the dog ate my agreeability. So, I left school and discovered a world that rewards people who learn fast and solve important problems. I became the youngest manager at Apple Computer in 1987, and today I travel the world teaching people who to think critically about technology. I'm the author of Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar, as well as (if you are into that sort of thing) Lessons Learned in Software Testing.

Although I teach for a living, I guess I'm a radical constructivist. I don't believe education can be forced upon people or even given to them. Each of us educates ourselves-- education is simply another word for "personal development"-- and the best teachers are midwives of that process.

I have one son. He left school at 12. He's not angry.

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