I walked away from the education system some years ago. During the same year I had an epiphany, and when I was made redundant.
Before that I was going to college like any other millennial, because “that’s what others expected of me”.
But when I realized college wasn’t even a part of my long-term goals, career plans and what not, I slapped myself, snapped out of it, and quit for good. To pursue the path that’s right for me and has been right for me all along.
If only I did it earlier when I was in high school…
The education system encourages people in 10 dumb ways. And it needs to be changed.
1. You’re encouraged to “do as you’re told”
This type of behavior is first introduced when we’re in primary school and high school.
Back when I was sitting in class at St Peters high school, this is ALL the teachers expected of us.
“Sit down, shut up, do as you’re told and be quiet”.
That line pretty much sums up the entire education system, and how it generally works. Which only works against us, and doesn’t help us in the slightest.
The problem with this type of thinking is if you’re brainwashed to do as you’re told because “teachers know best”, you’ll carry that over into other parts of your life.
And you’ll never question anything, which will only be to your detriment. That brings me to my next “dumb” thing….
2. Never question a teacher, because they’re “right”
Whenever I or anybody else would question a teacher, they’d get mad, furious, angry, and aggressive. As If they were trying to say:
“Who the fuck do you think you’re questioning you piece of shit? I’m doing the fucking teaching here, so shut up!”
I know this is a familiar experience for others who’ve been a part of the education system. Or maybe still are.
Problem with this mentality is if you don’t question anything, you’ll never know the real answer. And If you never ask questions, you’ll never have the right answers to your problems.
Then you’ll believe, listen to and be influenced by anything anybody says. No matter how stupid. Because you’ll never question anything.
It’s why the mainstream media is able to deceive the public.
3. Speak only when you’re spoken to
This mentality encourages you to be introverted, quiet, and basically invisible. If you don’t take the opportunity to speak your mind or communicate, you’ll have trouble talking to strangers. And that’ll lead to confidence issues.
If you’ve got something to say, especially in an educational setting, say it. Because if you don’t, you’ll lose the opportunity to learn something.
As well as let the world know who you are, how you think and what you stand for.
4. Study things you don’t care about
I LOVE how the education system is so quick to label kids or youngsters as ADHD because they misbehave. There’s no such thing (but that’s a topic for another day).
The reason people misbehave is because they’re being forced to study BS they don’t care about.
Why don’t they care about it? Because it’s not something they plan on doing in the future. And It’s not something that’ll help them become successful in the career or business they want to be in.
It’s like watching a TV program you despise. Before you know it you’ll be bored out your face, and will end up doing dumb shit if you’re forced against your will.
5. Study things that don’t matter
Did I really need to learn about Henry the 8th, Queen Elizabeth, how X+Y=Z or anything else that’s irrelevant?
Learning about Henry the 8th hasn’t contributed to my life in any way, shape or form. Neither has Queen Elizabeth or algebra.
The point I’m making is — if we’re gonna be studying anything, then we should be studying subjects that will actually benefit us.
Topics that will help us build the lifestyle we want, get the job we want, or build the business we want.
If it does neither of those things, we’re wasting valuable time studying subjects we’re bound to forget and NOT care about 10 years from now.
6. Be conventional
“Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.” – Sam Walton
Definition of conventional: based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed.
In 2018 a large portion of society has been brainwashed to believe formal education is the ONLY way. Despite the obvious signs that it’s a load of BS for most people.
That’s a prime example of being conventional.
As the saying goes:
There’s more than 1 way to skin a cat. — Unknown
You don’t want to be conventional, you want to be unconventional. Otherwise you’re just a clone of somebody else.
7. Fit-in, don’t stand out
Expanding on my last point, the education system encourages people to fit-in, instead of standing out.
An example of this is how creativity is so disrespected, disregarded and discouraged. Without creativity, there’s no way to differentiate yourself.
This Huffington post article goes into it a little more.
If you fit-in and blend with the crowd, nobody will be able to tell the difference. Because after all, you become nothing more than a “copy and paste” of somebody else.
8. Grades define your intelligence
“A 2.0 student can know more than a 4,0 student. Grades don’t determine intelligence, they test obedience.” – Unknown
How many people do you know who got straight A’S who work in factories, warehouses, supermarkets and so on? Tell me, does it take a LOT of intelligence to stack shelves or move boxes around for 8 hours a day?
I don’t say that to be funny. I’m saying it to give you a reality check and smack you over the head with the cold-hard truth.
Grades defining your intelligence is not just a lie, but it’s degrading, discouraging, and outrageous.
9. You’re worthless without formal education
This continues on from my last point. For the unfortunate bunch that do believe in this junk, they’ll believe they’re worthless.
I know many people like this.
There’s more than 1 way to reach your destination. But the education system tricks you into believing the opposite.
After all, education is a business and they’ve got to sell you on something to get paid. Even if it is a load of nonsense.
And in 2018 and beyond, the education system won’t be able to get away with it for long.
Definition of conformity:
Conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group.
Another way of putting it is — succumbing to social pressure.
Society lives by a certain set of rules, standards, guidelines, etc. Most of these are made up by the people within our society.
Like the typical — “you have to go to school and get a degree”.
Or the typical — “don’t talk to strangers”.
The education system encourages us to conform in similar ways.
Conforming in any way, shape or form is dangerous. Because you’re basically a robot with no conscience, beliefs, guts, courage, and a mind that thinks independently.
If we all agreed on anything and everything, we’d all be as ancient as dinosaurs by now.
This goes back to the point I made about “questioning” things.
If you don’t question things, you’ll do whatever anybody tells you to do. Without knowing why you should or whether it even makes sense to abide by it.