An Evening with a Buccaneer Scholar

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Here I sit, in front of James Bach, author of “Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success”. It’s always amazing to me how things in my life converge, leaving me with more confidence that I am indeed on the right path…. however, lonely that path may feel. I recently posted about becoming an Edupunk for Hire, and man, is James speaking my language this evening.  His philosophy of self-education really addressed my current dilemma.  I’m left thinking twice about my decision to pursue licensure, honestly.

He defines three ‘buccaneering credentials’ that lead to credibility:

  1. Reputation
  2. Performance
  3. Portfolio ((That’s where this blog comes into play…))

My favorite part of his presentation was when he discussed how easily things work for us when our heart is aligned with our brain.  Rather than forcing ourselves to attend to things that are not where are heart is at the moment…. leading to burnout and lizard brain…. we need to give ourselves non-productive time to learn and follow all those brain trails.  Those bits of seemingly inconsequential knowledge are vital for our future.

Quotes of the evening:

“Education is self-construction.”

“A buccaneer-scholar is anyone whose love of learning is not muzzled, yoked or shackled by any institution or authority.”

His website is  He’s on Twitter as @jamesmarcusbach . Check him out.

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6 thoughts on “An Evening with a Buccaneer Scholar”

  1. Great recap! I am looking forward to reading the book. You may feel alone in your school environment but rest assured that you aren’t really alone!

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