If you had no knowledge of the past – the way education and careers had been done for the last few hundred years – but only knowledge of the present and future, what kind of education would seem appropriate to have a meaningful, productive life?
Considering that here in the US the number of jobs that require simply following rules and repeating well known processes is shrinking, and the most fulfilling careers involve a lot of creativity and self-direction, you’d want to learn to be adaptive, self-motivated, and entrepreneurial.
Considering there is more amazing information available to you than any human in the history of the world has ever had access to – lectures, books, articles, interviews, movies, music… – you’d want to take advantage, dive in, get the best of what’s out there in your areas of interest, and engage it with intelligent, interested people.
Considering the social connectivity today, in the physical and digital worlds, and the inability to learn much from weak formal signals like degrees and certifications, you’d want to build a lot of social capital and a wide and deep network of friends and associates. Your knowledge of opportunities and resources depend on your network.
Considering the number of people who have been trained to know about things for 15 or 20 years of formal schooling, and the number of opportunities that require a completely different kind of knowledge, you’d want a lot of experience doing things, not just stacking up bits of information in the abstract.
Considering the unknown nature of future opportunities and the rapid pace of technological advance, as well as the relatively easy landing for those who try and fail, you’d want a lot of confidence and fearlessness. You’d want to know how to try big things and how to survive when you fail. Confidence comes from doing.
It’s this combination of traits and abilities demanded by the present and future that inspired Praxis. The old models of education have their pros and cons, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is you, right here, right now. What do you need to build the kind of life you want?
We believe a new model for education is needed. The good news is, it’s more fun and less financially burdensome than the old ways. It’s hard though, because it’s driven by you. You can’t sit back on the conveyor belt and hope to end up in a good place.