‘It is not easy to find a man who studies for three years and cannot think about earning a salary’ – Confucius
The biggest problem with the education system is it’s a funnel.
It’s directing kids into areas which they have no passion for.
I’ve been to schools all over the country talking about careers. Do you know how much money is allocated to careers and personal development?
Most of the money goes towards achieving grades, so they can move up the rankings.
Because that’s how a school gets allocated more money.
Kids (a term I use loosely) are much more aware, but the cycles repeating.
At that age most students don’t know what they want to do. And that’s ok.
We shouldn’t be telling students what to pick.
We should allow them to find things they’re interested in NOW.
And give them encouragement in how to explore that.
Because finding out things you enjoy is only half the battle.
The keys is to eliminate those things you don’t enjoy.
I saw so many people in University studying courses they hated.
For jobs they would then go on to hate.
There’s nothing wrong having a job. There’s nothing wrong with having a career. The problem is if:
- You don’t like it
- If that’s the ONLY thing you have
We need to feel creative on some level. If not at the day job then at home.
Because this is what one will really pour there heart into.
This is what you’ll study when nobody tells you to.
It’s no wonder many people are miserable. Why depression is so prevalent.
Unhappiness with where you are is not an internal problem – it’s societies problem.
You don’t bring anything good into the world in that state.
I’m not saying stop teaching science. I’m not saying kids shouldn’t learn maths.
What I am saying is that it is not ENOUGH. And we have to start emphasising the individual.
And you can’t measure passion on a spreadsheet.
By Dubem Menakaya