Interview with James Marcus Bach

JMBachThe Nov-Dec issue features an interview with James Marcus Bach, who writes of being “dedicated to a certain lifestyle of mind. I call it intellectual buccaneering. I call myself a buccaneer-scholar. Just as the original buccaneers would not submit to authority in their pursuit of worldly riches, neither do us modern buccaneers yoke ourselves to authority in the pursuit of a rich education. We construct truth and meaning for ourselves.” His book, Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar, describes “…how I found success in a highly technical field without the benefit or burden of a conventional education.”

James Marcus Bach is a radical unschooler. A high school dropout who coined the term ‘buccaneer-scholar,’ James is an internationally recognized expert in the field of computer software testing, and has taught critical thinking and software testing around the world at places such as the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A direct descendant of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the son of author Richard Bach, whose bestselling books include Stranger to the Ground, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, and many others, James dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen to pursue his own interests, a move which has obviously served him well…

Continue reading the interview with James from the Nov-Dec issue of Home Education Magazine.

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