Nowadays ,what you can learn at school, you can learn in Youtube
It’s 1 am and here I am heating water for coffee. We have two coffee containers, one of the is decaff and I don’t know which one. It’s kind of exciting. Not knowing what will happen next. Or knowing that you’ll know something new. But that’s not always the case.
Today I just wanted to walk out of class. I took Engineering Economy as one of my subjects this short(summer) term. Know what they teach us? “Economy”. “Class, when choosing between two alternatives, always choose what would yield the highest profit.” Profit, profit, profit.
“Much of education is oriented for better or worse towards making a living rather than making a life” -Logan Laplante“
In this youtube video from TED Talk, Logan Laplante discusses education, and hackschooling.
He’s a Brilliant kid! I envy him for having hacked into life with an early age.
I wish professors could tell us “Don’t try this in real life” before starting a lecture. Of course, not all, because there are some professors who actually teach us things that actually matter, and not try to turn us in to machines. The problem is most of them don’t. We’re using books, tools, lessons, and a curriculum our professors’ professor went through.
In my 3 years in college, I’ve began to wonder why they teach us about Napoleon, Magellan, and Noli me Tangere but not sexuality, how to express your emotions, how to deal with depression or how to manage your money. When I was a freshman, I was a pure introvert, not because I chose to but because I didn’t know how to deal with people. It’s just far different with high school where you know everyone. When I was dating my first college girlfriend, I needed to Google, how to be a good boyfriend, what makes up a good relationship?. Of course we have the “just be your self” advice, but that’s not how it works. Why be just yourself if you’re into something new? How can you experience something new if you hide a better version of you inside a shell of “This is who I am”? Maybe a good alteration would be “Be your best self”
I’ve just finished reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and Assets? Liabilities? Six years of primary school, four years of secondary school, 3 years and counting of college and it’s my first time understanding those words. Most people are working so hard in a job they hate eight hours everyday not knowing how to handle their money. Result? An endless cycle of hard work just to survive the day.
And now, at school, I feel like they’re doing the same. Nobody even once encouraged us to innovate machines. Nobody tells us that being a worker is just one of the choices. That there can be useful inventions, not just high paying jobs. Everyone wants to be practical.
It just feels like, we can’t really squeeze the best of ourselves by relying on our education system. It would be cliche if I said “The most important lessons in life, we don’t learn them at school.” We are taught how to add numbers, kapatagans, the girlfriends of Jose Rizal. Whenever professors talk about real life situations it goes like “When you’re at work, ….” or “When you get good grades, employers will be the one looking for you”. The education we have is focused less on the potential of each individual and more on creating workers to fill up jobs.
“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.” -H.L. Mencken”
So I decided that one purpose of my blog is to share things I’ve learned that they don’t teach at school. I know it’s a great experience learning something the hard way. But there are just things that we wish we knew before stepping into the adult life. We all do have those right? What thing/s have you learned the hard way that you think should be taught in schools? Please share it/them in the comments section 😀
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