Education Redesigned for Forward-Thinking Families
Interview by Stacey Piercey on Galileo's Podcast: Inside the Kernel

Find out what sets Daniel apart from every other dad with four children.

Not only does he have a wonderful family, but he also wants to spend enough time with them while living a self-sustaining life. So how does he do it?

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris came to his mind after being suggested by a friend. Daniel couldn't wait to escape the corporate world at the ripe old age of 75... and had he not read this book four times, Daniel would not have led this fascinating life!

Have you ever dreamed of house swapping? Daniel tried it and his geographical boundaries disappeared. His family could house swap and live rent-free all across the world.

He managed to avoid Facebook on his journeys but settled for writing a blog while traveling. His ideas about the world and learning shifted, and he wrote about new(ish) topics like self-directed education and worldschooling.

Through encouragement from friends, Daniel soon realized that he needed to write a book about his experiences. He thought if just one person read it, he could change one person’s life. Therefore it was appropriately named, Choose Life: The Tools, Tricks, and Hacks of Long-Term Family Travellers, Worldschoolers and Digital Nomads.

Daniel Prince is probably the first person ever to announce that a millennial may have a good idea by disrupting the system, and we wonder if this is caused by Daniel disrupting the system himself.

Another new(ish) concept mentioned in this podcast is the act of trusting a child to learn the things that motivate and inspire them. It’s a “leap of faith,” as Daniel mentioned, and quite frankly, not many people can afford to do this.

The truths in this wonderful discussion are compliments to the concept of self-directed learning.

In this all-encompassing chat, Stacey and Daniel analyze the act of teaching the same book for the last 20 years. Do you think it would have detrimental effects on teachers and students?

We live in a world where curriculum is king.

Grades, tests, exams, and university degrees are heavily encouraged and, in some cases, don't necessarily raise a successful entrepreneur.

The age-old question about "being born" an entrepreneur or "being made" into an entrepreneur is explored by our speakers. No great invention has ever taken flight by listening to the warnings of others, in fact, most great designs took flight while being scrutinized. It’s probably true that the tallest trees catch the most winds.

Lateral thinking and creativity are very important for entrepreneurship, yet there is little room for it in the government’s workforce.

We can't expect students to develop a sense of direction if they are constantly being told what to do.

Our lives are about a lot more than doing what is expected of us from a social standpoint, and it will become so much more than the previous generation has ever dreamed about. If we are aware of this, should we not discover a path unique to us?

Listen to the podcast here, and get insights you didn't realize you needed!

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