Avi sez, "Gever Tulley outlines his simple yet radical pedagogical method in this short video. Gever's book 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do is worth a high school education (or more) by itself."
Goddamn if that isn't the most inspirational fifteen minutes you spend today, you're doing something right. Tulley's method: learn to use power tools. Do a quick sketch of something challenging and great. Start building. Learn to use more tools. Encounter hard problems. Work them out. Make stuff. Feel great. Do more. I want to go back in time and attend Tinkerer's School.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.