+ We all have cases where we want to learn something outside the school context. Maybe you need to pick up some skills for your job.
+ Maybe you're trying to learn skills for a side project. Maybe you read something surprising in the newspaper and want to know the details.
+ Unfortunately, today's educational system up through college is based on micromanaging the learning process,
+ and it does little to prepare you for independent study. (talk about Ph.D.?)
+ (talk about Metacademy)
+ Here are a few things this roadmap does not cover:
+ * _The humanities._ While there's value to being cultured and well-read, I don't have any particular advice in this area.
+ Most of what I say is oriented towards STEM subjects, and maybe some related areas such as cognitive science. If your
+ goal is to be generally well-read, you might want to
+ check out Mortimer Adler's excellent book, [How to Read a Book](http://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Book-Touchstone-book-ebook/dp/B004PYDAPE/).
+ * _Unschooling._ Managing your own education in its entirety is a tall order, but [some](http://www.amazon.com/Free-Learn-Unleashing-Instinct-Self-Reliant-ebook/dp/B00B3M3KZG/) [people](http://www.amazon.com/The-Teenage-Liberation-Handbook-Education/dp/0962959170/) manage to do it.
+ I admire the initiative they have taken, and hope that Metacademy can contribute to making it possible. But I went through
+ a traditional education, so I have no advice to offer here either. This roadmap is oriented towards people who have something specific
+ they want to learn.
+ * _Test prep._ If you need to take the MCATs next week, there are lots of other resources out there. I'm assuming here that you have a real desire to learn something -- either for its own sake, or because you need it for some other end.