Autodidact vs. College
In the past, "oral teaching" was inevitable, before writing, printing and computers were invented. Technology made life, and learning easier, partly liberating man from dependence on other humans for getting information from. Traditional schooling is still needed, however, in some contexts for different reasons:
Thus, one can learn alone and with others. The superiority of reading as the prime source of knowledge for the autodidact doesn't mean that mingling, moving and learning cannot go together. Conversations, workshops and classrooms are still great settings for learning, yet for a different motivation with different tools.
Unfortunately, such are mostly time-consuming tools and the motivation is an inferior short-lived one, derived from the social instinct that Pascal describes as "the warmth" we feel with other people motivating us to behave and learn in such a way.
Schooling is also challenging for both teachers and students because of students' individual differences. Knowledge is as personal as belief, taste or interest is, because everyone has their own memories, fantasies, ambitions, needs, urges, brain capacity and structure, and different motives to learn. No teacher has the time or ability to know all the above; he is not a mind-reader to see it in action, witnessing the activities taking place within the billion neural pathways in each student's head, and guessing which are blocked, congested or open to receive new thoughts.
A good teacher only guides his students to knowledge sources, but does not serve it to them on a silver platter. He only sows his seeds in a fathomless foreign land: the human brain.
No one can deny the changes IT has made to our life so far, putting the whole world and entire human history at our hands, that the teacher's "teaching" role is diminishing, while the knowledge one can receive alone, compared to that received with others, is increasing—anyone with any intelligence, provided having the will and desire to learn. It only takes two to learn: man and book, brain and machine, intelligence and artificial intelligence. It's a special relationship, like the old teacher-student one, except the teacher is Knowledge itself and Everyman is the student.
Life is not long enough, for one to take courses or have a degree in every subject they love or need to learn about. Hence, books, reading, and self-teaching.
When selecting books for autodidacts, the selection should reflect and benefit from the advantages of autodidactism:
The book choice should also counteract the possible disadvantages of autodidactism, mostly caused by studying under no pressure, by time or people, where pressure/tension is useful sometimes. Possible harms can be:
To avoid such harms, a curriculum should include courses and techniques developing the opposite effects: