Do You Think School Education Works? Think Twice!

by on December 5th, 2014
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“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school”.
~Albert Einstein

It might seem inappropriate to question the legacy of the educational system of any nation. But, whether a student emerges as a victor or a victim of the system depends on various other factors like his genetics, childhood environment and his life experiences.

What the system does is; Design curricula. Expect the student to memorize the concepts and grade the student based upon the instructor’s criteria. The mere reproduction of the pre-defined concepts minimizes the creativity instinct of any student. In general sense, Creativity thrives more in streets than in schools. Many billionaires dropped out of school before they realized their dream and started a journey of actual learning and prosperity. Entrepreneurs like Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Ted Turner, Ralph Lauren, Richard Branson and the list doesn’t end.

The paradox here is that, these school dropouts have millions of so called outstanding school performers working for them. The goal had been more on transferring the knowledge into a student’s mind. And, re-wire his brain to obtain a safe, secured, planned, predictable life. On the contrary, they happen to learn most of the lessons after graduating from the school in the real-time environment. Once out of a school, they focus all their energies on obtaining an internship or an entry-level job, whereas same energy directed towards invention of some idea, product or service (or) learning and practicing profitable ventures like real estate, brings them to a completely different path of success and affluence. It’s unfortunate that the society jeopardizes such learning life styles as unethical and ‘get rich quick’ schemes.

The financial education provided in schools is very limited and not synchronous with the actual entrepreneurial knowledge of finance. Many do not realize the importance of this knowledge until the mid way of their careers and look for financial gurus in the market like Robert Kiyosaki, Dave Ramsey, et al. They feel enlightened as well as disappointed because this knowledge was not provided in their childhood or in their schools. Though some theoretical subjects were taught, the proper perspective or application of knowledge has never been imbibed.

It might seem difficult to put into action but Schools could minimize the burden on students and teach them to live life joyfully by following their hearts and yet establishing a career filled with productive learning and prosperity.

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