David Rubin

Building on the Shoulders of Giants

How can I know who I am?

How can I know who I am until I see what I do? How can I know what I value until I see where I walk?

In failure, lies the most important lesson of all…

…how to get up again


The Future of Learning

Purpose of Education

I’ve been thinking about the purpose of education, I would seem to me that the purpose of education is to provide the tools for a successful future. Being that the future is uncertain, what are these tools? Knowledge? Thinking? Resilience? This is a topic which I want to give more time to…

What is the optimal education foundation?

Quarrel not at all

"No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite."
- Abraham Lincoln

The Great Aim of Education

"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action."
- Herbert Spencer

The WalkingMeeting

Learn Different

What is the story you tell yourself?


"I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what I’ve already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom. It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise. And often even that idea doesn’t turn out to be very good. I need time to think about it, too, to make mistakes and recognize them, to make false starts and correct them, to outlast my impulses, to defeat my desire to declare the job done and move on to the next thing."

Learn more about Solitude and Leadership.

Growth Mindset

Aaron Swartz is putting togther some interesting essays on; getting better at life.