There is a lot of emphasis on the education we receive in school, both college and before. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t say that’s a horrible thing. Today, I’ll say it is. See Do School’s Kill Creativity, featured below.
The fact is that we focus so much on schooling in a system where schooling seems broken. We go to school and we’re taught subjects and content, most of which doesn’t even stick for a reasonable amount of time. Certainly, most doesn’t stick with us through our adulthood. Meanwhile, we leave out the more important and valuable lessons. Some are as tangible as how to balance a checkbook (or in today’s world, make and stick to a budget). Some are less tangible. For instance, how to communicate with people. And I don’t mean communicate with people, I mean communicate with people. Saying words is not communicating, or at least not effectively.
Chances are that following our sub par K-12 education we head off to a college that costs too much money to study something that we may or may not enjoy. Or, we go to college for the “experience” and have no idea what we are actually studying.
These things aren’t always the case, but it seems as if they are often the case. I’m here to remind you that education is more than what you learn in school.
In fact, some of the least knowledgable people I know graduated college. Some of the smartest people I know didn’t even graduate high school. There’s not necessarily a correlation that explains this, but we need to debunk the myth that because a person got a “higher education” they deserve first crack at a job or a promotion, and all the other things that some feel entitled to. These people may not necessarily have anything more than their counterparts except more debt and cooler party stories.
Education surrounds us, every single day.
It’s in our dealing with other people. Education is in books, of which we have an unlimited and often free opportunity to learn. We can find education in videos, podcasts, on websites, and so much more. You might not have a piece of paper or a plaque that says you were educated, but don’t worry. Those things are only things. Some might prove their “knowledge” with the piece of paper, but the best will prove it with their person.