Updated: Sep 6
First of all, it took me more than 12 years and 2 master degrees to realize that the education system sucks, and the only thing that it offers is a piece of paper with a promise of a better future.
That’s the biggest lie that someone has told me up until now. I can’t really believe how brainwashed my parents and the masses are for believing that schools and colleges will somehow give you the necessary knowledge for future success and I can’t believe that we wasted so much money, time and energy in this lie when we could use them for something better.
Colleges preach limitation and competition, and they don’t really care that much for our future. Just imagine that it’s very hard at a young age to take a 10k business loan but not a 100k student loan.
Luckily I didn’t get a loan because my father was willing to pay for the damage, but he payed over 100k for me and my sisters to go to the university and I feel sorry for him for not knowing any better.
I also feel anger for the education system for not only brainwashing and killing our dreams, but also brainwashing their employees (teachers) into making them believe that they know how and what to teach.
How can a business professor teach business when they never started a business themselves? And why do they treat college students like they are in elementary school? We all have to remember the answers and not cheat by googling but what’s the point of memorizing something that you can find on google in a matter of seconds? That’s the whole point of the technology anyway, to make our life better and easier, so why not take advantage of that innovation and start learning things that actually matter?
“Never memorize anything that you can look up to” — Albert Einstein
Colleges and schools in general preach limitation by teaching us how to play it safe and not take big risks, to settle for less and have the same average life like everyone else.
They teach kids how to think small instead of how to make this world a better place. They teach kids how to be followers instead of leaders, how to be employees instead of entrepreneurs, how to compete instead of cooperate and how to obey without questioning instead of using critical thinking.
“Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard but the people that work for me did” — Elon Musk
Competition is the underline purpose of the education system. Times are changing and competition no longer works for many businesses, especially during these difficult times. After reading many books from people with real experience in the business world, they say that to really succeed as a business is to avoid competition, but this is not what schools are teaching us.
From the very beginning they force us into competing for a better grade, for a better college, and then this goes on as a habit later in our life, competing for a better job, for a promotion, for a better car, for a bigger house, for a better future and this leads us into thinking that everything is scarce in this life and there is not enough for everyone.
“Competition means no profits for anybody, no meaningful differentiation, and a struggle for survival” — Peter Thiel
They also kill our passions and dreams and instill in our minds the society’s standards, you know, being a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher or something that you really don’t want to be but “have” to in order to impress parents, society and have a stable and secure future.
There’s nothing wrong with these occupations if you really love them. We need these people, but the real problem is when you are doing it because your parents or teachers or society told you so. I can’t blame parents because most of them don’t know any better and they just want the best for their kids, but if kids don’t take responsibility for their life and ignore society’s standards, they will remain average, with an average job, average friends, average life and today we need people who think big more than ever before.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a normal quiet average life, but this world doesn’t need more average people. It needs more leaders and big thinkers. Big thinking is considered dangerous, unrealistic and delusional for the education system but in the end it’s those unrealistic people that do the biggest things.
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs
Don’t rely on the education system to learn anything. You can learn anything you want and even more on Google, YouTube, books and online courses. These tools are really life changing but many people use them only for entrainment purposes. What 2020 has showed us is that having a degree doesn’t actually make someone smart.
The point of going to school is to get more money in the future if you think about it. You go to school to get “qualified” so you can get a good job with a good salary to support yourself and your family in the future. All of this is to get more money to feel more secure, and the only think that school doesn’t teach kids is how to get money, how to invest money and how to manage money.
There are infinite ways to earn money today thanks to the internet, and you don’t even need a big capital or at some cases no capital at all to start. Some examples that I can give you is starting a YouTube channel and sharing your talents and knowledge to the world, or starting a blog on Medium, or writing a book and self publishing it through Kindle Amazon, or starting an online business with print on demand products or by drop shipping products, or by helping people with your skills through Fiverr and a lot of more ways that do not require any capital at all to start.
“By the time a student gets to college, he’s spent a decade curating a bewilderingly diverse resume to prepare for a completely unknowable future. Come what may, he’s ready for nothing in particular.” — Peter Thiel
Schools don’t teach any of that and you loose the whole point of going to school. You go there to learn? You can learn anything online. That’s an exception for a few studies of course like law, medical studies, or something that really requires academic knowledge, but other than that, you are just wasting your time and money.
Whenever I say to my dad that school doesn’t offer me anything and we could use the money to start a business, he always rolls his eyes. I don’t blame him because I know he doesn’t know any better. There was no internet back in his day, he didn’t have the access to the information that we have today and he is not really tech savvy, but many of my teachers think the same think and this is where I loose my patience.
They don’t even like when I question the purpose of going to the school or the reason that we cannot use our phones to find an answer or their way of teaching. They don’t like people questioning a lot of things, they think they have all the answers. They kill creativity, dreams and big thinkers.
I won a competition in my university for the best entrepreneurial idea, and when I went to my lecturer that teaches us “Entrepreneurship” and asked him to help me make my idea a real business, he rolled his eyes and told me this is not Silicon Valley and I am not Steve Jobs. This idea will not work anyway and be realistic and blah blah blah.
That’s the lecturer that teaches us entrepreneurship, yeah what an irony. He cut my wings, he told me after a couple of days of insisting, to come back to reality and stop dreaming so much. The same thing my dad told me.
Long story short, I was about to drop out and focus all of my time and energy into my idea, but the pandemic came, everything closed, and I just decided to stay there until everything came back to normal.
2 years passed and still the pandemic is here, and I’m still studying, not because I need to, but because I have nothing else to do with my time during the pandemic. And to make my dad happy.
Bottom line is, don’t depend on schools to teach you something, or to make your future better. If you really want to learn something and have a better future, there were not a better time than this today because everything is available to us for free thanks to the internet. Knowledge from people’s experience, books, online courses that get straight to the point and anything we need is available just one click away.
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