Category: Education

Basic Training


In 2006, FedEx ran a commercial that involved an MBA and shipping.  In essence, the MBA said, “I don’t do shipping.  I have an MBA.”  The other person then said, “Oh, an MBA.  Well don’t worry, I will have to show you.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcoDV0dhWPA The… Continue Reading “Basic Training”

The Alchemist’s Dilemma


Alchemy was a serious science in the middle ages.  Competent people devoted much thought and research to finding a way to convert base metals like lead into precious metals like gold.  Isaac Newton was among them and you do not get a bigger name… Continue Reading “The Alchemist’s Dilemma”

Some Thoughts On Mistakes


Many years ago, I had a client who lost almost his entire business equity in a deal that went sour. His reaction was, “It’s probably a good thing. If it had worked, I would have done it much bigger next year and that would… Continue Reading “Some Thoughts On Mistakes”

The Ludic Fallacy


I have grandchildren who bring me pleasure in many and diverse ways. The oldest of them is a smart guy, who has good analytic skills and curiosity.  As a student, if you can have only two skills, they will do. A couple of years… Continue Reading “The Ludic Fallacy”

What Should Students Learn?


Curriculum should consist of only two subject areas and one technique.  History and Language are the subjects.  Research is the technique. What about math, music, art, physics, geography and biology you cry.  (I can hear you!) To get along we need to know what… Continue Reading “What Should Students Learn?”

Should Teachers Teach?


Does anyone rationally believe it is possible to teach Steven Jobs to be Steven Jobs?  What do you think is teachable?  If anything? For many years, at least 30, I have been complaining that the education system aims at the wrong target. Our current… Continue Reading “Should Teachers Teach?”

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