Revolutionary Schools

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How do you fix the United States education system and not go broke? Here are some interesting takes on customized education.

The Freakonomics Podcast episode “How Is a Bad Radio Station Like the Public School System?” focuses on the “School of One,” a New York City pilot program in elementary schools trying to eliminate the one-size-fits-all factory model in education. Instead of a teacher providing one instruction method to all the students in the class, instruction and advancement is highly individualized:

The classroom is divided into smaller groups based on different teaching methods.

  • Large group live instruction
  • Small group live instruction
  • Small group virtual tutoring
  • Independent practice
  • Small group collaboration
  • Independent virtual instruction

Students elect their own training method. And, this is not a hippy-dippy “let’s have class outside” feel good and don’t worry about results program. This is more objective based than any school I have every heard of: Read the rest of this entry »

Communication and Connections

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I’m listening to Episode 43 of The Pipeline where Mike Monteiro of Mule Design talks about starting his web design house and what it takes to succeed.

What does this have to do with running a solo or small law practice?

Frankly, I find that web and tech startup and a lot in common with small law practices:

  • From figuring out marketing,
  • To deciding on what roles to fill,
  • To deciding whether to bring people together or work remotely,
  • To keeping clients happy and knowing when to tell a client what they need to hear (even if it may mean losing that client).
  • And last, how you cannot be a success if you can’t sell yourself to a prospect.

One thing I found particularly interesting was the notion of the morning meeting. We’ve all heard the new reasoning that an hour meeting with 7 people is 7 hours of lost productivity. However, the idea of starting each day by pulling together and outlining the goals for the day and everyone’s responsibilities in the big picture is compelling stuff.

I think it is applicable in law firms, and I wonder how much farther it can go. Read the rest of this entry »