Every Industry Gets Worse When Government Gets Involved

This is easily provable with Public Choice Theory, and consistently proven in practice. Contrary to the absurdly naive belief that monopolizing an industry will produce "efficiencies", it has the opposite effect.  All the wrong things are incentivized and no one has any clear signal of what creates…


Why Golden Parachutes are Better Than Tenure

People argue for tenure as a way to allow risk taking, bold explorations into controversial ideas, and new frontiers in academia.  Without knowing their job can never be lost, how would professors have the incentive to take risks?  And after all, even if many don't pay off, the most important…


Episode 64: Don't Get Mad at Millennials - Declan Wilson on the Good Side of Gen Y

Declan Wilson, author of The Millennial Way, and curator of the blog A Millennial Type, joins me to discuss chasing dreams and Gen Y. Declan is documenting his own personal efforts to transition from a 9 to 5 job to full-time writing and fatherhood.  We discuss the extent to which stereotypes about…


Episode 63.5: Fridays with TK - "How I Was Almost Luke Perry"

What does it mean to sell out, water down, or compromise who you are? What are the unseen costs of doing so, and the unseen benefits of resisting? Today we discuss this in depth, including stories about how TK could have been as cool as Beverly Hills 90210's Luke Perry if he hadn't given in to peer…


Two Approaches to Learning

Graphic designer Julia Patterson, who also designed my podcast logo, put together this image representing some of the ideas I've blogged about in the last few days, and the work that we do at Praxis every day. If you need a quick logo or graphic, hit up Julia at hello@portablepattersons.com!……


How to Play Basketball Well

The same way you do everything else well.  Practice, then reflect, then practice some more. The common, conveyor-belt education system has a pretty bizarre approach to learning.  It doesn't mirror any learning pattern that high performers in any field use.  It looks something like this:…


School is a 16-Year Internship for Professors

Want to learn something?  Be around it. The habits, ideas, processes, and perhaps most importantly, incentives of the environment you want to be a part of will teach you vastly more than consciously studied facts. Julian Jaynes, in his seminal book on consciousness, cites a study where students…


Episode 63: The School Sucks Project, with Brett Veinotte

I've been a big fan of the School Sucks Podcast for a few years now, so it was awesome to have Brett on the show to discuss his work and what motivated him to launch it. We discuss his personal history, the history of schooling, why conspiracy theories are valuable learning tools, and much more.…


Episode 62.5: Fridays with TK - Entrepreneurship for Young Minds

*Weird audio issues today, forgive the sound anomalies. I'm kicking off what (I think) will be a regular feature on the podcast.  A Friday "tweener" episode where TK Coleman comes on to talk about...whatever comes up! Today we discuss entrepreneurship, whether the word is too broadly used, the…


Praxis and the PDP

One of the core building blocks of the Praxis educational experience is the Personal Development Project, or "PDP".  A PDP is simple: a self-chosen 30-day challenge with tangible benchmarks and outcomes, documented and demonstrated. Project based learning - tackling a challenge that the learner has…