(via the accelerated time-space continuum of the internet)
…and through an actual “Blog,” pre-2010, before social media really got out of the starting gate, I asked my readers one simple question:
What is your take on traditional / formal education?
– Worth it?
– Were you also conditioned to believe the educational establishment wants the masses to believe that it’s responsible for all learning?
– Does it program impressionable minds into robotic thinkers?
– Can school easily keep society-at-large stuck inside the “Money Trap?” (more below)
You get the drift…
One heavy-ass discourse.
Over 50 people gave their opinion.
(I’ll round them all up sometime soon)
My favorite, by far (which is why I saved it elsewhere to be found), was from a gentlemen named Richard Posner.
(This is only an excerpt that applies to today’s Bear’s Bulletin resource below)
“Wanna be rich? Learn how to fix things and save $50K or more in a lifetime. Wanna be rich and happy? Learn to spend 90 percent of your life mastering yourself rather than political science, business administration or philosophy. Wanna be rich and happy and efficient? Find a mentor who can teach you the ropes.
“Education only begins when you realize that what you think you know is only one ingredient of hundreds you need to learn before reaching even the base camp of enlightenment.
“Teach children about money, its value, and its accumulation from kindergarten onward and millions more of people will realize by adulthood that being rich and happy is as Wallace Wattles said, ‘Doing things in a certain way.'”
Richard’s most salient point, as it applies today in 2021?
That sending children to school for data-churning, memorization exercises, unapplied math know-how and other assembly line classes, that anoint them as “good little soldiers,” isn’t exactly virtuous.
Teaching kids what to think is lazy and standardized.
Teaching them how to think requires effort, leadership and an interest in social skills that are vital in today’s technology-driven world.
As James Jani pointed out in The Untold Truth About Money [link], we are all paid in proportion to our perceived value in the marketplace, and one of the best ways of increasing our perceived value is by solving a problem.
The bigger the problem, the greater the solution offered, the more wealth, by proxy, you accumulate.
There is, indeed, a severe need for critical-thinking skills and context-communication habits in todays youth.
It’s why I like seeing schools such as Synthesis become available as educational options for parents who desire a one-of-a-kind program.
A program where children (7 to 14 yo) are taught problem solving, leadership, creativity, independent thought, and teamwork.
For a deeper dive into how Synthesis prepares children for the real world, in a way that the traditional education system does not, check out this Pomp Podcast, The Future of Childhood Education.
You can also listen to 10 yo Emmett, a Synthesis student, talk about his assessment of a situation, his team’s resources, and his decision to pass the leadership position to the best suited team member.
As Pomp pointed out, most adults can’t even do this.