Zachary Slayback

Zak Slayback teaches career skills that school never taught. He is a FEE alum and writes regularly at ZakSlayback.com, has been featured in Fast Company, The Muse, Newsweek, and the New York Observer. His book How to Get Ahead is forthcoming in 2019 from McGraw-Hill. He also authored The End of School and wrote the foreword to the newest edition of John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down.

Recent blog posts by this author

The Seven Deadly Sins of Networking

This is based on a section of Zak’s new book How to Get Ahead, due out in summer 2019. Networking is a fundamental part of getting ahead. You can have the best skills, the best knowledge, and the best portfolio, but if you can’t get in front...

Schools Have Created a Generation of Permit Pattys and BBQ Beckys

It seems like every week there’s a new Permit Patty (a grown woman who called the police on an eight-year-old selling water without a permit), BBQ Becky (another grown woman who called the police on a man BBQing without a permit), or someone who...

Why ‘Permit Patty’ Called Police on an 8-Year-Old Girl Selling Water

On Saturday, July 23rd, Alison Ettel called police on a young girl selling water without a permit in Oakland, CA. The girl’s relative caught a video of Ettel, tweeted it out, and an Internet rage mob had identified her and her business within hours...

Parents Have Been Demoted to Deputy School Teachers

I was giving a talk at Florida Gulf Coast University the other night near Fort Myers when I noticed a flyer on the door of the lecture hall. The sign (I wish I had gotten a picture now) read: “PARENT FREE ZONE.” I chuckled at first,...

Why Are So Few Millennials Entrepreneurs?

There’s a popular trope right now that a ton of young people are founders and entrepreneurs. Thanks to a handful of young founders with a disproportionate impact (ala Mark Zuckerberg) and cultural figures like HBO’s Silicon Valley, you can...