What is The Duck School?
Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

It is my invention, but not really. It is the oldest and largest school in the world—a school as old as time itself. It is the school of common sense—the scammers’ kryptonite. Its teachings are passed down from generation to generation by parents, friends, strangers, and even comedians like Groucho—from mud huts to modern suburbia. Certainly, its teachings couldn’t be easier to understand—or more difficult to follow…

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

I created the concept of The Duck School as I was writing my book “Detecting the Scam: The Gift.”  The book was about how the lessons of Nelson Mandela’s life, moral authority and his negotiating skills could put us in a better position to detect the scam than some of our finest and brightest who tried and failed. I’ve now decided to write a sequel that I’ve called “Detecting the Scam: The Duck School.”

Why this blog?

I’m looking for your help…

I want to test some of the themes and examples I’m thinking of using in my book. I’m looking for your input, ideas and experiences. If possible, I’d love to hear from you about other Duck School experiences, thoughts or ideas you’ve had — or perhaps about some material you’ve read that reminds you of The Duck School. If you agree, I’d like to include those in my book too.

My website (www.theduckschool.com) is under construction, but will eventually include other examples of passages from the upcoming book. To give you a better idea of the context for all of this, that site will also include the preface and first chapter of my earlier book.

This is my first experience in the blogosphere and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it works…

Flatter me, and I may not believe you
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.

— William Arthur Ward

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