Washington and Romulus

Looking for something to entertain myself with while I packed, I came across Mike Duncan’s The History of Rome. With short episodes (most about 15 min) and a depth of knowledge I quickly became hooked.

His 2nd episode, Youthful Indiscretions, covers the “life” of one of the mythical founding brothers of Rome, Romulus. Towards the end he highlights how Romulus likely wasn’t an actual person and yet so much of Rome’s beginnings are told as if this individual the key contributor

Mike relates this to George Washington, in how Washington’s fame has replaced our awareness of other important figures in US history. Such as Horatio Gates, who according to Mike, helped secure French support and thus a critical contribution to the fledgling nations success in the revolution.

Would we one day only remember Washington? In place of even other famous founding fathers like Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson?

Could, one day, US history look like Roman history? Where we no longer know The “whos”, “what’s” and “whys” of history and only know of the legendary hero Washington, who in a single crossing of the Delaware River, wrote the complete Constitution and upon landing grew the first great US cities from a handful of seeds of a fallen cherry tree?

Maybe we’re already on our way considering how little we seem to know about our own history. There’s much we could take away from this, but in the least, I’d hope we’d recognize that we don’t know as much as we think we do. We should be slow to assume we know the answer, and be willing to research before we react. It might be better to first assume No One Knows, and be more comprehensive in our understanding of past and present events.

Insurgent Warfare and Cougar Football

Football coaches often borrow terms of war to inspire their teams, such as: “fighting in the trenches”; “unleash your inner warrior”; “going to war”.

Mike Leach seems to be taking this a step further, designing a college course showing how strategic leadership in football is like strategic leadership in insurgent warfare.

Taught along with Michael Bumgartner, the course will cover case studies of US military conflict along with game film from various Washington State games (e.g. WSU vs USC 2017, WSU vs Stanford 2016).

Appearing to be well received, it’s an interesting idea and one I hope they’ll record and share.

Experience, an alternative education

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The world of higher education is full of opportunities and ideas for improvement, and it’s always interesting to discover unique ideas to address them. Isaac Morehouse came up with an interesting alternative to college in his Praxis Apprenticeship program. Praxis is an experience and project focused opportunity for high school graduates to jump straight into the world of business through a 6-month “boot camp” that includes working for a start-up.

This idea is like the unique and intensive MBA program Acton School of Business.

Although serving different markets, these two programs appear based on a similar philosophy that centers on an intensive and immersive curriculum paired with comprehensive educational support. Praxis is still early in it’s journey to change the field of education but if their graduates are as ambitious, driven and capable as Acton’s, there’s hope for a new avenue of higher ed.

To dig deeper into this way thinking, check out Seth Godin’s post on projects.