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<h1>Mastery school</h1>
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Here’s an idea:
Create a little school somewhere remote.
School of what?
School of mastery.
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A place for anyone who wants go focus on a skill of their choice, surrounded by other people doing the same, and a few coaches — experts on the craft of mastery — to offer help and guidance.
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This uses <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education">Salman Khan’s proposal</a> to “flip the classroom” so that the <strong>core of learning is done in independent study, using online materials</strong>.
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Since the teachers are all online, the local coaches just help guide each student’s path to mastery.
There are many great books on this subject, like…
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<li><a href="/book/TalentCode">Talent Code</a></li>
<li><a href="/book/Mastery">Mastery</a></li>
<li><a href="/book/AtomicHabits">Atomic Habits</a></li>
<li><a href="/book/ArtOfLearning">Art of Learning</a></li>
<li><a href="/book/PeakPerformance">Peak Performance</a></li>
<li><a href="/book/TalentIsOverrated">Talent is Overrated</a></li>
<li><a href="/book/Overachievement">Overachivement</a></li>
<li>and <a href="/book/Peak">Peak</a>.</li>
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So you can see how the general skill of guiding and coaching talent, in any field, could be the best focus of the on-site staff.
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The school should be located somewhere that fits with the story we tell ourselves about going away to focus.
Somewhere that’s a desirable location, yet still somewhere with income inequality, where a school bringing a little business and fast fiber internet to a remote location would be appreciated.
All the staff except the coaches could come from the local community.
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Some shared resources like a good camera and microphone, a few computers, a video library to save bandwidth, and a chef making meals for everyone.
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I imagine this could be as small and simple as a big house in the country, or a few cabins nearby.
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<h3>Why attend?</h3>
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To get away somewhere you can focus without distraction — a show of dedication and focus
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To be around other serious focused learners, inspiring eachother
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To have the help of coaches that are great at helping anyone learn anything.
They are experts in the skill of practice, learning, and mastery.
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So, you go there to work on your thing, whatever it is.
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You learn from online materials, books, and whatever it takes.
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You practice and create as much as possible.
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You're surrounded by kindreds and assistance.
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