Hmm… Just had an epiphany moment here… Our Public Education is designed to squash any thoughts and confidence in the idea that everyone can start a business.
Hear me out… Your business can be anything like a photography business, painting business, pet care, computer repair etc. Anything and everything can serve as an economic value. That’s the essence of a business and economy. Trading service or product for other service and product. What you are doing already can be transferred to some form of a business. Oprah Winfrey went from a news anchor to having her own charity organization, her own talkshow and a foundation. Steve Jobs went from programming video games at Atari to starting Apple. You work at Starbucks? Start a coffee distribution company online.
I have strong evidence to believe that our public education was really a product of the industrial revolution… Or in all kidding aside, slavery never ended. The industrial revolution happened to replace the “free labor”. By the way, I am absolutely anti-slavery. Believe me! But a sudden vacuum of free labor had to be replaced by another workforce… This time, it’s replaced by paid workers but with equal working conditions. Absolutely horrible! Someone has to run the plants and the factories, right? The big corporate factories needed an institution to “educate” their workers on the assembly line. Ya know, people still have to be literate to run the machines and know which button to press to start and stop the assembly line. It’s no question as to why classrooms are hierarchical. Teacher to student relationship is pretty much an employer and employee relationship. All around the world, education is done different but the United States still maintain their course in this pathetic attempt to institutionalize the nation. And of course, they get trained to know that not doing the work will result in getting fired. I know I sound like a maniac with some weird conspiracy theory but stay with me here…
Just think for a moment… There’s probably a kid somewhere in a classroom with talents that are equal or greater than Steve Jobs. Is Apple, Inc. more interested in training him to be their puppet or let this kid outsmart everyone and start a competitor company against Apple? Which one seems more favorable to the Apple’s executive and shareholders? You get the picture here? That’s why the big companies stopped asking our kids to think for themselves. The answers are only A, B, C, D, or E. Pick one or fail. There’s no “Create your own answer F, G, H, I, J, etc.” The mainstream education is always about “get in line and do your work”. We created a “Microwave mentality” generation where if things don’t work in 5 seconds, people abandon it and move on.
What happened to the art of teaching kids how to think, challenge the status quo, think outside the box, have intelligent discussions instead of cussing at each other to force their opinions against one another? What happened to the way of challenging the professors and having healthy debates in college? We use Fs and Ds to create fear… Fear that if you fail, it’s the end of the line…. In fact, failure is the beginning of all successes. This is why I’m FOR an education reform. U.S. only ranks 14th in the worldwide Educational standards. (https://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/category/education/) All of our talented and skilled teachers are now moving to South Korea, China, and Japan… Let’s challenge our teachers, pay them better, flip the entire system around to stop creating a generation of individuals who get fed with non-sense!
Let’s create that possibility that everyone and anyone can start their own venture and become wildly successful!