Michael Ellsberg: the Modern model of education does not work

Modern education system is outdated. She pulls out the life of 15-20 years and grows not adapted to people's lives.

You instilled a false belief. You said, if study hard in school, go to a good University and successfully graduate from it, success in life is guaranteed. Perhaps it was fifty years ago. But today everything is different. If you want to succeed in the modern world, should focus on obtaining skills useful in real life, and to work on developing such qualities and skills that will allow you to significantly outstrip graduate honors. No matter you have learned at University or not.

Of course, the University can learn many wonderful things, but they are irrelevant to a successful career or financial well-being. You can develop the knowledge, hone critical thinking skills, to broaden their horizons, enthusiastically plunged into the rich cultural and intellectual heritage of great thinkers. It all worthy aspirations. But do not think that, with concentration dealing with all these cases and after confirmation of the diploma, you can count on successful employment with a guarantee of employment for the next forty years and then get a good pension. More and more people (including those who have not received higher education) are beginning to realize that the old recipe of a successful career is no longer valid. It's time to look for new ways.

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The people of the industrial era the main occupation in life at the age from 6 to 22 years was — if slightly exaggerated — in getting good grades. Of course, great importance was attached and other activities such as sports, for example, which give solidity autobiography upon admission to the University. But if you ask directly, what, in opinion parents, teachers, politicians and society as a whole must be the center of attention of young people from 6 to 22 years, the answer is simple — score.

Have you ever thought how ridiculous? How anyone could come to a head that hard in school serves a necessary and sufficient condition of success in life? Why have we convinced ourselves that this is properly conduct the best sixteen years of his life? Why need to spend your youth — years of life with huge potential, full of enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and fun — to receive beautiful papers confirming the study of a particular academic program?

Maybe you still haven't noticed, but it's a pretty stupid system. Her stupidity is that if you don't want to continue working in science, everything you will teach beyond the basic professional knowledge, will not have any impact on success in the sphere of your professional interests. Developing your practical intelligence, on the other hand you will make a very large investment in future success.

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As well as developing an above average IQ level has nothing to do with efficiency in real-life estimates (on which we are working hard for sixteen years) above average values does not correlate with high chances of success in life, great achievements or sense of self-realization.

Compare the lives of two people, from birth had very high rates of mental development: Chris Langan, "the smartest man in America", whose IQ exceeds 200, and Robert Oppenheimer, scientific head of the Manhattan project. Their level of talent is comparable, but one of them (Oppenheimer) made an outstanding contribution to the history, and the other (Langan) can not boast of anything except the numerous attempts to publish their research.

The main difference is that Oppenheimer, in addition to its superior intelligence, had a highly developed practical intelligence that helped him to behave properly with the people from whom depended on his success. All these little things — know what, who, when and how to say it for the sake of obtaining the best result was given to him easily and naturally. Langan, by contrast, was almost devoid of this quality. So we don't often hear when it comes to significant achievements.

After a person reaches a certain level of logical thinking and base of knowledge, other factors assume a dominant role in determining the measure of his success in life, namely creativity, innovative thinking, practical and social intelligence. It is important to note that all these qualities are formed in real life situations, rather than through formal training.

Education — not education


Believe me, I both hands to support the pursuit of knowledge for the sake of knowledge and the mastery of the tools for a better understanding of the world and society. To verify this, just look at my bookshelves filled with books on philosophy, psychology, politics, spiritual development, poetry, various biographies and various scientific and popular literature. But can't we show love and the pursuit of knowledge less costly ways — for example, reading books on your own after work and on weekends, enrolling in correspondence or online courses?

The weird thing is, in my opinion, that education, in fact, turned into a way of life that allows people not to think. The decision to pursue higher education was adopted by young people on autopilot, without the slightest regard for what they actually want out of life.

Unfortunately, our formal education has gradually turned into a system very much focused on status. Status is acquired with a clear implementation specific rules. Get a diploma, get a job, do something or other — and will get the desired status. Is securely entrenched hierarchical system of our society. Agree to learn for the sake of status is wrong, and everyone knows that. I situation in the education system recalls the wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain. I believe that our formal education has become too focused on the status and surprisingly far from what interests people who want to achieve success in life and provide the world a positive impact. And the situation is seriously exacerbated by the fact that our society is becoming more and more predictable.

Today, everyone is trying to find life more predictable and safe, and yet over the next few decades, the world will become more and more insane, chaotic and unpredictable.

Unfortunately, the education system in its present form, from kindergarten to postgraduate education, has nothing to do with flexibility, resilience and adaptability. She teaches a narrow set of academic and analytical skills, mostly not related to the practical realities of life, hammered them into our heads for hours, days, weeks, months and years. Of course, analytical skills are needed for success in a changing world, but that's not all.


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Success, happiness, innovation, achievement and leadership depend on a whole range of human abilities, most of which are not taught neither in school nor in higher education.


Excerpted from Michael Ellsberg "Millionaire without a diploma"


P. S. And remember, only by changing their consumption — together we change the world! ©

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