"The model seems so obvious now that I’ve seen it in operation. I’ve spent a day and a half with the incoming class of Praxis, a start-up company that is providing an answer to the problem that everyone complains about but few have sought to solve. What I saw was inspiring and wonderful in every way. These are some very lucky participants; each one is special, and they know it, too.
This was a retreat to begin their new adventure in a one-year college-replacement program that combines learning and work. In the time I was there, the students heard from real entrepreneurs about the challenges of start-ups. They received an overview of the rigorous curriculum they will be tackling over the coming year. They prepared speeches on random topics and faced criticism from faculty and students, right there on the spot. They received blunt advice on workplace performance from bosses. They pitched business ideas and faced direct assessment from people who know.
The entire time, my heart was racing. I was on the edge of my seat, feeling like I was watching a new model of education unfold before my eyes. This is invaluable material, a priceless experience in a new kind of classroom. A dream, really: actual preparation for life through adding value to yourself."