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What could you (or your kid) do with $20,000 instead of going to college for a year?

For years my wife and I have dutifully put money into our kids’s 529 college savings accounts. Our assumptions, of course, are that (a) a college education is valuable, (b) everyone needs one,

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The Start-Up of You – A Conversation Worth Catching

I was out on my daily learning walk this morning and the podcast of choice was – as it often is on Monday mornings – Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation.  While most people would

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Why Practice, Practice, Practice May Not Get You To Carnegie Hall

I wrote a while back about the concept of deliberate practice, which is basically the idea that if you want to achieve mastery of something you need to (a) practice a lot, and (b) practice well. A study

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In Defense of Competence

While we’re often urged by wise people to strive for more than mere competence, it’s important to understand the important role that competence plays in learning, growing, and achieving great things

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What can we learn from 500 billion words?

No surprise: a lot. In this TEDxBoston talk, Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden offer an entertaining and insightful overview of the computations they have been running on 5 million books

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Mindstorming with the Daily Papert

To be honest, I have almost no idea what the demographics of the Mission to Learn readership are, but I assume some percentage of readers is familiar with the work of Seymour Papert. For readers who aren’t,

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What’s wrong with this statement?

Success leads to happiness. On the surface, this seems like a straightforward enough statement, one that’s not difficult to accept. But there are at least three problems with it. The first two may be

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Free Learning 2.0 Report – Updated Version

I’ve recently published an updated version of the Learning 2.0 for Associations eBook I posted a couple of years ago. It’s free – as in no money or e-mail address required – and

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