"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."—Mark Twain "School should provide a structure which will allow the school to fit the child, not the other way round."—Alexander Sutherland Neill "Education is learning to use the tools which the race has found indispensable."—Ernest Carroll Moore This chapter examines individual pursuit of knowledge through self education, the only means of becoming educated. The chapter does not deal with efforts to reform compulsory public schooling. It cannot be reformed precisely because it is compulsory. People learn only what they want to learn, when they want to learn it. While the principles of education are universal, the focus here is primarily America and the United States. Throughout this book there is a distinction made between America as a culture that originated in a quest for greater freedom, and the United States of America, a coercive political institution that has always been and continues to be an impediment to the human