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Aug 5, 2023

In this episode, I interview an old friend of mine, Mike Taubman, who has dedicated his life to education. Mike isn’t just teaching high school, he’s helping public education in the US intersect with the perennial goals of education: Making whole humans and whole societies.


Mike teaches in Newark, NJ, at North Star Academy's Washington Park High School, a part of the Uncommon Schools network. He's currently working with colleagues to design a program for 12th graders that encourages students to reflect on their emerging sense of purpose and personal values, and then use their reflections as a foundation for career exploration, self-directed learning and, ultimately, preparation for their lives after high school.

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About The Show:

Why are you here?

What is this short and fragile life about?


These questions have easy answers in traditional cultures. You listen to the myths and stories of your elders and nod along.

But once we’re exposed to the chaos and diversity of the larger world (#thanksglobalization), the simple narratives of our ancestors suddenly seem silly and unattractive.


Rationality leads us into a desert of meaning.

But it turns out that we left something important behind: Purpose


The Ten Thousand Heroes Show aims to restore our collective sense of meaning and fulfillment through demystifying purpose.


We present empirical techniques and rational arguments for taking Purpose seriously, while leaving room for fun and mystery.


And we interview inspiring humans along the way, each of whom has a clear sense of Purpose, and whose sense of Purpose has allowed their success.


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