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If you haven’t listened to the full interview yet, check it out first. After interviewing Bryan Caplan about his book, The Case Against Education, I had so many thoughts rolling around that I wanted to record a separate follow up episode. In this episode, I cover where I think Bryan is right and where I don’t think he goes far enough. Topics Covered: – Economic thinking and rational choice theory to explain the choice to go to college. – The role of parents in their kid’s choices to go to college. – Do you need to be a super genius to succeed without college? – People choose college out of fear for bucking the dominant belief system. – Getting cheap easy praise from college and how that creates entitlement. – College grads are free to blame the economy when they are unemployed. – College degrees as a social signal, not an economic signal. Full show notes for every episode are available at isaacmorehouse.com

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I'm an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. I'm the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college.

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  • I have a B.A. in English and I work at an after school program. I’ve been applying for jobs and going to interviews lately and I always lie and say that I want to go back to school and get my masters and teaching credential. Actually I don’t want to do it at all. There are lots of private/alternative/co-op schools in my area and they all say that credential isn’t required (just preferred) but I’m having a difficult time gaining experience. Has anyone here tried to get into teaching without a credential? Any advice?

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  • Should education be a mandatory thing, or does the coercion of how it is in the U.S a violation of our rights? Even in the case of a voluntary city, should mandatory education be seen as such, or would it make sense for people to demand it for their city. The bigger picture I’d also like to discuss is: What is the best form of education, structured, unstructured, or encouraging? These are the terms I think of, and I’ll define them.   Structured: we have curriculum which dictates what is generally taught or only taught. Could be the system we have now(nationalized), or private schools/charter schools, or even homeschooled. Just specify which you prefer.   Unstructured: Kids are taught by parents or teachers, but they have no set curriculum and are guided by what they or the teacher decide to be interested in. Or there could be no formal education in this category, and kids learn only through happenstance or someone making the decision to educate them.   Encouraging: Kids have a curriculum they learn by when they start school, but then branch to specific categories to learn in these fields of their choosing. This system would avoid unnecessary education to the kit/teen, but you run the risk of them choosing something prematurely.   Or you could come up with a different system. I’m really curious what the Libertarian perspectives are in regards to this. Thanks

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  • Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to child behavior and I would really appreciate it if only people who had professional experience working with kids responded. I just started working in a public elementary school at their before school day care. I don’t teach anything. I mainly supervise the kids at the day care, walk them to the cafeteria for breakfast, and then walk them to their classroom. It’s in a nice area in San Francisco. I have one student that is just really bad and violent. Just today, he choked another kid for cutting in front of him in line when we were walking to the cafeteria. Then I heard him threaten to punch another kid “in the face and the eye.” Then he started a fight with another student but the other one grabbed his arms so they were just locked in that position. The kid is only 5 years old! I really didn’t know what to do so I just split them up and let it go. I only work there for two hours a day and everything that happened occurred within 20 minutes. So my question is, what would you do in this situation? Why do you think some kids are so violent? Is there another explanation beyond experiencing violence at home?

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  • Here is the link to the interview conducted via e-mail: http://grandrapidsvoice.com/2014/05/18/sales-tax-interview-may-6-2014/

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