Category: Education

Finding Out What Things Cost: A Core Part of a Real World Education

I started out my adult life not knowing the cost of most things. Rent? Nope. Utilities? Didn’t know that. Taxes? Not so much. I didn’t know the cost of education, the cost of even the cost of airline tickets. I lived a pretty sheltered life financially-speaking, and I managed to glide through most of my […]

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That Look College Opt-Outs Get

There is a phenomenon I’ve noticed over the nearly 5 years since I decided not to go to college. I’ll call it the college opt-out look. It happens like this: PERSON: Are you in school? / Where did you go to school? YOU: Oh, I didn’t go to university. PERSON: Oh. Accompanying this response is a […]

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5 Benefits of My High School Theatre Days

High school can be a bleak time. Theatre made it better for me. In fact, I made some of my best teenage memories working with other actors and my director to put on shows. I’m no longer an actor, but the feel of being on stage still beckons every now and then. Maybe one day I’ll […]

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How a Praxis Apprenticeship Helped Launch My Career

If you’ve spent any large amount of time around me, you probably know I’m a huge fan of startup apprenticeship program Praxis. If I’m not wearing a Praxis t-shirt at least once a week, I’m probably wearing my Praxis hoodie (note to marketers: create great apparel that people want to wear). I joined the second […]

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Teachers, Students, and “The Real World”

It’s the depressing time of year again in which young people are ported off to school again. This brings to mind some of the conversations I’ve had with students and teachers on summertime, the “real world” and school. School Is Not “the Real World” First, if you are one of those school-goers who believes that returning […]

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The Last Back to School Supply List You’ll Ever Need

Does your child love education? It’s so important that our parents give them the right tools to succeed in our school system. This fall, send them back to class prepped for success in real education with this list from yours truly: Google and a laptop $1.50 for late fees at the local library Scribd.com subscription for books […]

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A Running List of All the Important Things School Keeps You From Learning

  They don’t teach that in schools… There’s something you won’t learn in school… We’ve all said this about one skill or fact or another that we felt school didn’t give us. But have you ever really considered just how many important life skills or truths you didn’t get in the classroom? Enter my running list […]

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A World Without a School Year

Imagine a world without a school year. It isn’t very hard. I have plenty of issues with compulsory schooling itself. I don’t believe it’s just to treat young people like parolees. I don’t think 14 years of regimentation and control are a good start to a good life. And all the time I see the permanent damage which […]

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Successful Dropouts: They Do Exist

Apparently I’m one of them – though I’m still working on the success bit. We’re not as rare as conventional wisdom might have you think. Most of us are somewhere in between unmotivated Cheeto-eating couchdweller and hyper-genius Steve Jobs clones. I talked to the Successful Dropout podcast about what opting out is like – my experience in […]

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Lydia Matson on Taking a Gap Year, Living in a New City, and Finding a Passion

I’ve met wonderful people through some of my work adventures over the past year. Lydia Matson is one of my favorites, and I think you’ll see why in this interview discussion I had with her this summer. She was one of my fellow participants in the Praxis program, and we faced many of the same […]

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A Simple Rule for Learning from New Experiences

I won’t claim to have any kind of special insight into life at my tender age, so I’ll just expand on a common bit of wisdom: never be the smartest person in the room. Since joining a quickly-growing company after high school, I’ve never been more out of my element more often. Yet I’ve somehow learned […]

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Change

Learning for Life in a Changing World: How to Make Your Education Antifragile

“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.” -Nassim Nicolas Taleb, Antifragile In Antifragile, statistician and scholar Nassim Nicolas Taleb argues that there are three types of responses people and things can have to stress, disorder, and change over time: 1) Robust […]

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James Walpole

How I Achieved My Four-Year Goals In Ten Months

This post was originally published on the Praxis blog. I’ve always had fairly large goals. When it came to actually accomplishing them, I wasn’t much different from many people my age. That is to say, I was getting nothing important done. I was keeping my head down and working hard to do well in school and have a […]

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